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  • I spent three years in university. It did provide me with a solid ground of knowledge which has never ceased to be of help, even though I gave up (I was studying philosophy). Much of that knowledge was gained through the time it gave me to muck around and meet interesting people that had weird ideas.

    One of the reasons I wasn't afraid of mucking around and spending time thinking on my own or talking to interesting people was because a year in university (and not any university, La Sorbonne) cost onl


    -- Robin Berjon []

    • Re:It scares me... (Score:3, Informative)

      by ziggy (25) on 2002.03.04 16:35 (#5461) Journal
      That sounds typically French. :-) Pity more of the world can't be that way...

      There was a human interest story about a reporter this past summer. (Must have been a slow news day.) His wife was was very ill while they were visiting Paris. So they go to the hospital, and the Doctors manage to treat her condition (whatever it was).

      As they're about to leave the hospital, the husband (the reporter) askes the lead physican "How much do I owe for my wife's treatment?"

      The physician, dumbfounded, responds by saying "It's already paid for by the national health care system".

      The husband responds that he's neither a French citizen, not a resident and isn't paying into the health care system. So how much should he pay?

      The physician responds, "well, we'll send you a bill then," and starts to walk away.

      The husband then stops the physican again and asks, "Aren't you going to ask me where I'm staying, or where I live? How are you going to know where to send the bill?"

      Apparently, it wasn't a concern. His wife had been treated, and it was time to move onto the next patient.