Monday, September 21, 2009


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Friday, September 18, 2009

I kid you not...

The lobby of our local post office has all those new self-service contraptions--and an attendant to explain how to use them. (1) Are they not missing the point of self-service? (2) I want my school taxes back!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Famous tongue twisters

  1. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
  2. Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
  3. Sally sells seashells by the seashore.
  4. Sheena leads, Sheila needs.
  5. Clowns grow glowing crowns.
  6. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
  7. Send toast to ten tense stout saints' ten tall tents.
  8. Stupid superstition!
  9. He threw three free throws.
  10. Willy's real rear wheel.
  11. Plymouth sleuths thwart Luther's slithering.
  12. Preshrunk silk shirts.
  13. She had shoulder surgery.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It was TV's Golden Age.

Writer Larry Gelbart, who developed the hit television show "M*A*S*H" that uncovered a rich wellspring of comedy and pathos in war, died of cancer on Friday at age 81.

Gelbert got his start on Your Show of Shows, and early TV hit. It was a live 90 minute comedy variety show staring Sid Caesar. No cue cards were used.

In addition to Caesar, the show starred Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and Imogene Coca.

Your Show of Shows was also responsible for bringing together one of the best comedy writing teams in television history, including Lucille Kallen (the inspiration for Sally Rogers, played by Rose Marie on The Dick Van Dyke Show), Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Michael Stewart (Bye Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly!, 42d Street), and Larry Gelbart.

Spin-offs include: A TV show (
The Dick Van Dyke Show), a movie (My Favorite Year, produced by Mel Brooks), and a play (Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by Neil Simon).

NBC destroyed the original
Kinescope recordings of the show but clips saved by the cast were made into a movie (Ten from Your Show of Shows) and a DVD (The Sid Caesar Collection).

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The English spell "curb" as "kerb" -- here are some others:

chili -- chilli

draft beer -- draught beer

gray -- grey

liquorice -- licorice

phony -- phoney

pajamas -- pyjamas

plow -- plough

story (of a building) -- storey

tire -- tyre

The test will be Thursday.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Life has passed me by, Part 23

My car went in last week for its annual oil change. I had a loaner car. It was a new model with just a few miles. It had no gas cap, just some kind of contraption that you stick the nozzle into. Who knew such things existed?

Am I the only one on the planet who did not know that Microsoft no longer sold Money? I used Money for years but switch to Quickbooks because it will print deposit slips. They killed Money!

Pennies, which I assumed were made of copper, are actually 97.5% zinc, but nickels are 75% copper. I'm so confused.