How do you culture a pearl?
First, we showed the pearls coffee table books with pictures of great works of art and played them a CD of Beethoven music. It seemed like the pearls might be interested, but they didn’t react.
Next, we took the pearls to a live symphony and a local art museum. Still no reaction, so we took them home and read them passages from Moby Dick. Nothing.
Finally, we shipped the pearls overseas. We took them to the finest museums in Europe. We brought them to the Mona Lisa, the David, and the Sistine Chapel. We watched the pearls closely.
First, nothing. The pearls were as silent and immobile as ever. Then they stirred, just a twinge.
We held our breath and watched as a single tear rolled down the side of one of the pearls. We knew they were ready.