During a meeting about the class I’m TAing, we were discussing how we find the students this term lazier, less intelligent, and generally less satisfying than the last time we taught the class (and more likely to be on Facebook during lecture). I said that I thought trying to get them to make sense out of the sources was like herding cats and Maverick exclaimed:
“Oh no! Cats have way too much energy! It’s like… like… herding possums! You could drive to DC and back in the time it would take them to get a good idea, and several are sure to get run over.”
So I herd possums for a living. Right now I’m just trying to keep any of them from becoming roadkill.