100. The Cult of Personality
Commenting on an award he received, the late Rupert Barneby, the New York Botanical
Gardens most esteemed curator, remarked, Its part of the dismal cult of
personality that started in Hollywood and now has infected the entire planet.
And this is how mankind is becoming all sizzle and no steak. See The
New York Times, December 10, 2000, p. 61.
99. Fear of Flying
(apologies to Erica Jong)
1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.
2. The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
3. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to
fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.
4. A "good" landing is one from which you can walk away. A
"great" landing is one after which they can use the plane again.
Taken from CIO (December 1, 2000,
p.46) which in turn stole it from Austrailian Aviation.
98. Bare Facts
To make sure standard political news is riveting enough, M1 TV in Moscow brings viewers The
Naked Truth, a program where half-dressed young ladies bare the news and conduct
transparent interviews. Of course, this is about equivalent to very late-night TV in
New York City. See "So The News is Ho-Hum, The Show's Spectacular," New
York Times, October 5, 2000, p. A4.
97. The Milk of Michael Milken
In the l980's the U.S. Government sent Junkbond King Mike Milken to jail.
Now it has spent $50,000 with his institute for a study of The Minority Business
Challenge. Apparently felons can best lead minorities to the promised land.
See Business Week, October 23, 2000, p. l4.
96. Finally, the Truth
Panel 1: "Al, You"ve Got to Quit Making Up All Those
Stories--and Taking Credit for Things You had Nothing to Do With." Panel 2:
"If You're Not Careful, People Will Think You're A Compulsive
Liar!" Panel 3: Picture of Al thinking about all of this.
Panel 4: Al saying, "I Invented the
From "Drawn & Quartered," Business Week,
October 23, 2000, p. l4.
95. The Physics Chanteuse
The tall woman in the silver lame jumpsuit ... singing original love
songs to quarks and leptons in a voice that is somewhere between Madonna and Eartha
Kitt. See Come to Cosmic Cabaret With Physics Chanteuse, New
York Times, September l9, 2000, p. D2. Lynda Jeanne Williams, physics and
astronomy Instructor at San Francisco State, also performs quarky songs for high school
students and for ethereal scientists at sundry conferences. It hearkens back to the
days in the l960s when, for a brief period, SF State had an alternate college that had
such exalted courses as Zen Basketball. We are not sure how funny Ms. Williams is,
but the idea is hilarious. Catch up with our Falling Star at www.physics.sfsu.edu/grad/lwilliam/chant.htm.
94. Do You Know What
You think it is something to do with the computer, and you are right.
But it is also a military term for ordering a soldier to do push ups in a
womans clothing. Or thats the definition in The GIGAWIT
Dictionary of the E-nglish Language, a reworking of all the terms geeks use on
the Internet. It is written by the immensely funny Tony Hendra, who has
simultaneously started a Web publishing firm at www.gigawit.com.
93. Who Thinks Up These Things?
We just got a whole list of anagrams from Dallas, some of which merit your
attention. "Evangelist" turns into "Evils Agent."
"Desperation" into "A Rope Ends It." "Mother-in-law"
is surely "Woman Hitler." The heat has been so terrible in Dallasthe
town where the East peters outthat its citizens are hiding in the air conditioning
and playing around with their alphabets.
92. Science Humor Webring
There is an awful lot here of mixed value and parentage but you figure it
all out. If you look at WebRing Links, you will find Loris mishmash science
humor right on top. For the fun of it, go to Heavenly HMO, now that the Clintonians
promise to revive healthcare schemes. See www.geocities.com/CollegePark/6174/heaven-hmo.htm.
For a start on the WebRing, go to www.xs4all.nl/~jcdverha/scihum/webring.html.
We intend to spend some time on biology karaoke.
We keep discovering geeks on the net who parody their trade to get more attention
from National Public Radio and organs staffed by geek journalists. These sites make
you chuckle, but you never chortle. Go here for lunch, not for real guffaws after
dinner. In this case, the take-oneself-seriously clown is Dr. Eric Schulman, of the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Probably you will get 90% of his wit by
looking at his "History of the Universe in 200 Words or Less." As fun is
the article on his site by Scott Kirsner, "A Gala Night for Weird Science," from
Wired (www.wired.com), October 10, 1997. Go to www.radix.net/~fornax.
James Lileks hails from Fargo, North Dakota, and that obliges him to be wry.
So he slices and dices Americana with the obliqueness that guys from small towns
visit on all our big enchiladas. Take a look, particularly, at "The Institute
of Official Cheer." Now he's a columnist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune
who obviously helped Jesse Ventura become governor. See www.lileks.com. A less ponderous version of
Garrison Kieler, I suppose, who is also from Minnesota.
On the death of Sir Alec Guiness, the Associated Press reported (as carried on www.pagesix.com) that:
one of the stories he told about himself, Guiness checks his hat and coat at a restaurant
and asks for a claim ticket. "It will not be necessary," an attendant
at being recognized, Guiness later retrieves his garments, puts his hand in the coat
pocket and finds a slip of paper on which is written, "Bald with glasses."
Here are some winning first terrible lines for pulp novels just passed along to
us. Imagine spending your life dreaming-up bad lines--just like politicians:
10. As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he
were ever to break wind in the
echo chamber he would never hear the end of it.
9. Just beyond the Narrows the river widens.
8. With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned,
unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed
with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small straight
nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description.
7. Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept
along the east wall: Andre creep... Andre creep...Andre creep.
6. Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism,
was about to give his body and soul to a back-alley sex-change surgeon to become the woman
5. Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did not keep her from
eeking out a living at a local pet store.
4. Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins
3. Like an overripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with cottage cheese, the
corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel floor.
2. Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didnt know the
meaning of the word fear, a man who could laugh in the face of danger and spit
in the eye of death--in short, a moron with suicidal tendencies.
And the winner is....
The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside the darkness, crept along the greensward,
and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged
princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden
amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the frogs deception,
screaming madly, You lied!
There are even more rats than lawyers in New York City. "The city's
rat population has doubled in the past ten years, to an estimated 70 million--seven for
every one inhabitant. ... The result: a rat task-force, a rat tsar, a rat
hotline ... and fiendish talk of limiting the rodent population by distributing
contraceptives." (See The Economist, July 29, 2000, p. 32.) We
presume all this has been learned through the Census, though we worry that the numbers may
be inflated through statistical sampling.
The Canadian "Kindler, Gentler Ways to Say Someone Is Stupid" reminds
me of the woman I once knew who had her FM radio tuned to an AM station.
BJ in San Fransisco.
the Babes of Divorced Parents
See Michael Holroyd's Basil Street
Blues. He mouths Hugh Kingsmill's aphorism: "Friends are God's apology
"What goes by 100 different names in the Eskimo language?"
"To help them describe the nuances of ice and snow, Artic Eskimos have over 100
different words for white." See "Color Awareness," in @ issue,
Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 14-17. Corporate Design Foundation, www.cdf.org.
The Gore Greens enacted a water conservation law in 1994 which has forced
builders to install lousy toilets that get stopped up with some regularity.
Apparently G. Gordon Liddy refers to all this as "toilet totalitarianism."
Now, in an echo of the Prohibition era, toilet runners are stealing across the Canadian
border to get real toilets for furtive installation in the United States. There's no
telling where it will all end. See "The Conservative Agenda: A Big Flush,"
New York Times, July 27, 2000.
"A number of years ago your editor was vacationing in Italy and rented a
car. It was an extremely nerve-wracking experience until I discovered the secret to
driving in Italy: never look in the rear-view mirror! Whenever I caught sight of all
the weaving and jockeying going on behind me, I was paralyzed. But as long as I only
focused on what was going on in front of me, i was able to cope (and, in fact, had a very
enjoyable and safe trip).
may also be the key to investing in the second half of 2000. Anyone who looks back
at the volatility in most markets during the first half of the year might be tempted to
never again invest in anything more daring than a passbook savings account--which, of
course, would be very detrimental to your long-term financial health." See The
Turnaround Letter, July 2000, p. 1.
Laws: The Creed of the Sociopathic Obsessive Compulsive
If anything can go wrong, fix it! (To hell with Murphy!)
2. When given a choice--take both!
3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
4. Start at the top then work your way up.
5. Do it by the book ... but be the author!
6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
7. If you can't beat them, join them, then beat them.
8. If it's worth doing, it's got to be done right now.
9. If you can't win, change the rules.
10. If you can't change the rules, then ignore them.
11. Perfection is not optional.
12. When faced without a challenge, make one.
13. "No" simply means begin again at one level higher.
14. Don't walk when you can run.
15. Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolernace for
stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.
16. When in doubt: THINK!
laws Copyright 1985, Peter H. Diamandis.
All rights reserved.
"If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly."
"If you are codependent, please ask someone to press 2."
"If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5 and
"If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what
you want. Just stay on the line until we can trace the call."
"If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice
will tell you which number to press."
"If you are manic-depressive, it doesn't matter which number you
press. No one will answer."
A Charlotte, NC man, having purchased a box of very rare, very expensive cigars, insured them against fire
among other things. Within a month having smoked his
entire stockpile of cigars and without having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the
insurance company. In his claim, the man stated the
cigars were lost "in a series of small fires."
company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the
man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.
The man sued
... and won! In
delivering the ruling, the judge agreed that the claim
was frivolous. He stated nevertheless that the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were
insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure
against fire, without defining what is considered to be
"unacceptable fire," and was obligated to pay the claim.
endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid the man $15,000 for the rare
cigars he had lost in the "fires."
After the man
cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson! With his
own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case
being used against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and sentenced to 24 months in jail and a
This is a
true story and it won 1999's Criminal
78. Kinder, Gentler Ways to Say
Someone Is Stupid
We just received these 38 zingers from Canada, and we quote 4 for you here.
Our good neighbors to the north have lots of space, very few people, and a
multitude of languages. So they don't tell dumb blonde jokes, for fear of offending
a bleached minority. They tell "dumb person" jokes to make sure they
Kinder, Gentler Ways to Say Someone Is
4. A few beers short of a sixpack
14. Body by Fisher -- Brains by Mattel
18. He fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down
22. Doesn't have all his dogs on one leash
77. Time Out
Gerald Withrow, a mathematician, philosopher about time, and author of The Nature of Time
and Time in
History, died June 2 at 87. See "Gerald J. Withrow, 87, Author of
Philosophic Tomes on Time," New York Times, June 27, 2000, p. 23:
"He was fond of telling a story about
the Russian poet Samuel Marshak visiting London before 1914. His English was
imperfect, and he asked a man in the street, 'Please, what is time?'
The passer-by answered: 'That's a big
question. Why ask me?'"
76. A Politician Who Doesn't Want
There really is one. As we know, 99% of them are power junkies. A man
apart, Amory Houghton of New York's 31st Congressional District would genuinely love to
retire. But, if he does, his district will be wiped out by reapportiontment.
See "Politician Who Doesn't Need Job Will Run Again," New York Times,
June 14, 2000, A29. He's a moderate to boot. Doesn't need the job!
Moderate! Oxymoron upon oxymoron.
75. You've Been at It Too Long:
We stole this from Across the Board (June, 2000, p.11), the magazine of
the Conference Board, who stole it from Brent Ruben, a professor at Rutgers, who stole it
1. You ask the waiter what the restaurant's
core competencies are.
2. You decide to re-org your family into a "team-based organization."
3. You refer to dating as pilot testing.
4. You can spell paradigm.
5. You actually know what a paradigm is.
6. You understand your airline's fare structure.
7. You write executive summaries on your love letters.
8. Your Valentine's Day cards have bullet points.
9. You think that it's actually efficient to write a 10-page presentation with six other
people you don't know.
10. You celebrate your wedding anniversary by conducting a performance review.
11. You believe you never have any problems in your life, just "issues" and
12. You refer to your vacation plan as a "vision" statement.
13. When dining out, you order "low-hanging fruit" for desert.
14. You think of your Viagra sales as "pay for performance."
15. You can explain to somebody the difference between reengineering, downsizing,
rightsizing, and firing people.
16. You actually believe your explanation in No. 15.
17. You talk to the waiter about process flow when dinner arrives late.
18. You think of adultery as "benchmarking."
19. You refer to your significant other as "a co-process owner."
20. You think of your subtracting strokes from your golf score as creating a
21. You start to feel sorry for Dilbert's boss.
22. You believe the best tables and graphs take an hour to comprehend.
23. You look forward to your next mistake as a "learning opportunity."
24. You naturally think of a collection of strangers on an elevator as a
25. You're planning a family reunion and begin to identify a list of "critical
26. You give constructive feedback to your dog.
27. You begin to think of home maintenance as "a journey."
28. You prepare the grocery list with Powerpoint.
74. We Have Nothing to Fear But
And, oh boy, there are plenty of fears. On this website (www.phobialist.com), you can find 14 pages worth.
Some we liked were allodoxaphobia (fear of opinions), papaphobia (fear of the
Pope), prosophobia (fear of progress), teleophobia (fear of definite plans), and
venustraphobia (fear of beautiful women).
73. Internet Tristesse
See the Wall Street Journal, June 5, B1, "It's the Morning After in
Techland." This David Letterman-type knock-off appeared in the column, and it's
pretty good for Wall Street Journal journalists who are a dry bunch of fellows:
Top 10 Signs You're Tired of the
1. You start checking your email every 1.2 minutes, rather than every 23 seconds
2. You stop calling your family 'my team'
3. When you hear the term 'VC,' your first thought is 'Viet Cong'
4. You see venture capitalist John Doerr at a conference and don't kiss up to him
5. You no longer love your Palm Pilot more than your dog
6. You've eaten your entire lunch without making a single cell-phone call
7. You no longer want to be the 'Yahoo of the [fill in the blank],' but want to
be bought by Yahoo!
8. You stop using the following terms: monetize, first-leader advantage,
9. When you hear the word 'options,' you think 'Chinese or Thai for dinner?'
10. You toss out a magazine with Internet moguls on the cover and read People's
'50 Most Beautiful People' instead.
72. Xenophobia Unites
Anytime a nation is getting a bit divided, it uses xenophobia to pull itself
together. Molson, Canadians' beer and also a term young-lady emigrants to Canada
often apply to English-speaking Canadians ("He's a Molson"), has an ad called
The Rant in which actor Jeff Douglas says how proud he is to be a Canadian. Already
there are wonderful parodies of The Rant, as, for instance, the Quebec fellow who says,
"Je m'appelle Guy--and I am not Canadian." Molson, of course, has
a website (www.iam.ca) where you can partake of the
Molsonfied I-am-Canadian debate. See "A Commercial Makes Canadian Self-Esteem
Bubble to the Surface," New York Times, May 24, 2000, p. A6.
71. Alltimer's Disease
Two very elderly ladies were enjoying the sunshine on a park bench in Miami. They had been meeting in that park every sunny
days for over twelve years, chatting and enjoying each others friendship. One day, the younger of the two ladies turns to
the other and says, Please dont be angry with me, dear, but I am embarrassed. After all these years, what is your name? I am trying to remember, but I just
cant. The older friend stares at
her, looking very distressed, says nothing for two full minutes, and finally with tearful
eyes says, How soon do you have to know?
70. Follow Instructions
If you can provide good instructions, you usually can write well and logically.
Ergo, manufacturers and logic are incompatible. Here are a few examples from
our sage in Durham:
On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert: "Do not
turn upside down." (printed on the bottom of the box)
On Nytol (a sleep aid) "Warning: May
On a Japanese food processor: "Not to
be used for the other use."
69. "Passing Gas...and Other
Towns Along the American Highway"
You can find this work-in-progress at www.gladstone.com.
New York photographer Gary Gladstone has been to Passing Gas and a host of other
ridiculously named places in America. His book will include great pix and his tale
of his visit to each location. We have not asked him if the End is Insight.
68. The Four Stages of Life
You believe in Santa Claus.
You don't believe in Santa Claus.
You are Santa Claus.
You look like Santa Claus.
67. Living with Imperfection
Neil Postman suggests we regard education as a cure for stupidity, not a process
for developing intelligence. After all, he says, "Doctors do not concern themselves
with health, and give all their attention to relieving us of sickness...Lawyers do not
trouble themselves with justice or good citizenship...Doctors and lawyers, in other words,
are painkillers." (see Neil Postman, "The Educationist as Painkiller,"
Objections, NY: Vintage Books, 1992). Postman is a truly witty, convincing
writer about the incompatibility of education and technology -- in particular, education
and TV. He writes wonderfully about the dumbing-down abilities of TV. And now,
of course, we are in the Internet Age where we will become interactively mediocre.
For more of Postman's social commentary, see:
66. Just in from Old Friend
Gavin Graham up in Canada:
"Another oxymoron you are missing is -- 'professional investor'."
You don't have to be a gun zealot to know that our politically correct governors
are up to incorrect and other illegal "reforms" in several aspects of our lives.
In the National Review, March 6, 2000, p. 16, old friend Tom Canning
probably foreshadows what the correctness police will do to us next. Paul Krassner,
of the Left, used to do similar send-ups that could never come true. But they did.
The anti-gun lobby is just not getting the
America must take drastic action to get
guns out of our children's schoolbags: we must purge our language of reactionary locutions
that foster the gun culture.
It is our moral duty to outlaw the
countless gun-related idioms -- and idiotisms -- that befoul the American tongue.
The short-list of far-right expressions
that must be eradicated includes such offensive phrases as son-of-a-gun, big shot/big gun,
gun the engine, going great guns, hot shot, and shoot the s***.
Violent verbiage pollutes every aspect of
American life: western films: "a shot of rotgut"; classical drama: "to take
arms"; historical poetry: "the shot heard round the world"; basketball:
"the shot clock"; football: "shotgun formation"; baseball: "rifle
the ball to first"; track and field: "the shot put."
Furthermore, we must police America's
corporate malefactors. The Quaker Oats Company, for example, boasts that its puffed
wheat is "shot from guns." Might not a puffed-wheat boycott prove to be a
And while I'm on the subject of greedy
corporations, perhaps the young male horse can be given a less provocative name to avoid
publicizing a certain gun manufacturer.
Portentously, an enlightened forebear set
an example in eschewing the G-word. Family lore has it that he changed the surname
Let us all pitch in to disarm our lexicon!
64. Laugh Through Pain
Yoshihiko Kadokawa, president of the Smile Amenity Institute and author of The
Power of a Laughing Face notices that smiling clerks sell more. He feels it's
the way out of Japan's recession. Smiling is serious stuff. See Melissa Master's
"Power Smiles," Across the Board, April 2000, p. 64.
63. Top Quotes
Gabriel Robins of the University of Virginia has 18 pages of witty quotes from
famous people for you on his site.
Just a few notable ones:
"His ignorance is encyclopedic."
-- Abba Eban
"A doctor can bury his mistakes, but
an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines." -- Frank Lloyd Wright
"If you haven't got anything nice to
say about anybody, come sit next to me." -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
"Show me a sane man, and I will cure
him for you." -- Carl Jung
"Nothing is wrong with California that
a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure." -- Ross MacDonald
"He would make a lovely corpse."
-- Charles Dickens
"I've just learned about his illness.
Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-- Irvin S. Cobb
"I worship the quicksand he walks
in." -- Art Buchwald
These are not really Sony's
haikus to replace Microsoft error messages, but we wish they were. This is just
a clever scam. But they point out just one more reason why Microsoft needs to be
brought to heel.
61. Is Microsoft Owning Up?
We received last week a Microsoft promotion entitled "Confessions."
And one of our correspondents sent the following revelation:
The classically minded among us may have
noted a new TV ad for Microsoft's Internet Explorer e-mail program which uses the musical
theme of the "Confutatis Maledictis" from Mozart's Requiem. "Where do
you want to go today?" is the cheery line on the screen.
Meanwhile, the chorus sings,
"Confutatis maledictis, flammis acribus addictis," which translates to "The
damned and accursed are convicted to the flames of hell."
60. Fourth Bad Writing Contest
This website will
prove to you that academics had better go back to grade school. Denis Dutton, editor
of Arts & Letters (see our item in "Other Global
Sites"), brings you the best of the worst. Here's some introductory remarks from the
1998 contest, but you will have to go
to the site to find out how garbled garble can get.
59. The Virtual World Is Cold
Here's some office lingo from Generation X. It's not a wonderful world:
Cube Farm: An office filled with
Starter Marriage: A short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no
kids, no property, and no regrets.
Stress Puppy: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
Uninstalled: Euphemism for being fired.
58. Deadpan's Deadpan
Steven Wright is the sort of comedian who leads us into bear markets. He lets you
know the universe is coming to an end. At this website, you can find 14 pages
of droll lines calculated to make you laugh without smiling. We cite just a couple here:
"Right now I think I'm having amnesia
and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before."
"I went to a restaurant that serves
'breakfast at any time.' So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance."
A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in
copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying copies,
and not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him
about this. He points out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error
would be continued in all of the other copies. The head monk says, "We have
been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."
So, he goes down into the cellar with one
of the copies to check it against the original. Hours later, nobody has seen him.
So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from
the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books
crying. He asks what's wrong.
"The word is celebrate,"
says the old monk.
56. What Yogi Berra Wishes He Said
Victor McLaglen about John Wayne in The Quiet Man: "He'll regret it
to his dying day, if he lives that long."
55. Castro Is Convertible
Cuba, of course, shares honors with North Korea as one of the old-line Stalinist
dictatorships. But you can smoke everywhere: Cubana is one of the few international
airlines that welcomes smoking (see "The Odd Meal" The Economist, March
4, 2000, p. 87). Soon enough, we smokers will be seeking political asylum -- away
from the politically-correct dictatorships such as California or the People's Republic of
54. Imperial Bottoms
British toilet paper costs twice as much as the German and French versions,
two-and-one-half times that of American (see "Going Soft?" The Economist,
March 4, 2000, p. 59). The Brits demand a softer variety that's a little bigger and
comes in 50 different colors, sizes, and brands. The Americans clean up in this market,
with Andrex, from Kimberly-Clark, now the market leader. We hope, of course, that
this does not mean that there is a deeper, broader, wider, human pollution problem in the
sceptered isles. This is what we mean by a Bum's Rush.
53. Swollen Brains
London cabbies, according to new research, have enlarged hippocampuses, all based
on the fact that they are required to know London inside and out, and so they have
developed extraordinary circuitry (see "Cabbies Curious Cognition," The New
York Times, March 19, 2000, Week in Review p. 2). Where will it all end?
we learn, moreover, that brains can be charged and recharged. See A Stitch in Time,
52. The Ultimate Joke
A boring book about jokes just out: Jokes:
Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters, by Ted Cohen (University of Chicago
51. Brown & Williamson
Put a little joy in your day. The Brown & Williamson fellows serenade
you at this customer service number -- without a cough.
50. When the Tough Get Going
"Adversity doesn't make or break you, it reveals you..." --Cardinal Bernadine
Of course, Shakespeare said, "Sweet
are the uses of adversity," but we're not sure he had this in mind. The
pressure of adversity "reveals" you, especially to yourself.
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