This recent tweet
[(N + H)ow + (T + W)hat](I know) http://t.co/UXRo83Sp
— Mike Croucher (@walkingrandomly) February 8, 2013
which expands to “Now I know how I know that I know what I know.” reminded me again of the song “Besserwisser” (Know-It-All) by the German Acapella group Wise Guys. I fear, the beginning of the chorus will be stuck in my head for the next few days:
Ich weiß, was ich weiß,
doch nur das, was ich nicht weiß,
macht mich heiß, weil ich’s gerne besser wüsste.
Weißt du was? Du musst wissen,
dass ich wirklich gerne wüsste,
was ein Besserwisser besser wissen müsste.
This loosely translates to:
I know what I know
but I only care about
what I don’t know,
You know? [You need to know] that I’d really like to know
what a know-it-all
all needs to know.
(Improvements are very welcome, especially those that make it rhyme.)
The song continues with a praise to science, asking all kinds of questions about everyday science, such as why foam from green shampoo is white, but also some less serious ones, such as about the frustration of an erased pencil stroke. The full German lyrics are available online. I didn’t find an English translation, so I let Google Translate give it a try. … Oh well.