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I once took an art class with Saddam.
I noticed that he was painting a loaf of bread in fuchsia shading into orange.
I told the teacher that was plain crazy.
"No," replied the instructor, "Saddam's hue's sane."
Long before the first street lamps, overnight messengers hung lanterns
from their saddles to see their way.
This was known as the Saddle Light Guidance System.
The Australia Monument consists of three walls made of thin translucent stone.
If you strike these walls in certain spots with a rubber mallet you get
three distinct songlike tones, duh, tell or muh.
In other words, the walls sing "muh-tell-duh."
There once was a Wizard who used a cat as an assistant for casting spells.
It worked well, and was a lot cheaper than using a person.
All he had to do was give the cat some sardines and a plate of milk.
It became known as the apprentice's saucer.
Johann Pachelbel was one of the most popular composers of the late 17th century,
but he was never able to make a good living from music alone.
In desperation, he turned to cattle rustling to supplement his income.
He would steal cattle from farms all around southern Germany and hide them
in what is now known as Pachelbel's Canyon.
Cat Woman was hiking in the Himalaya when she found herself surrounded
by Nepali outlaws. She wondered, what would Cat Man do?
My wife went to one of those discount shoe stores looking to
buy some cheap boots for about $30 to $40.
Instead, she bought these fancy snakeskin boots that were reduced
from $200 down to $60.
After about a year all of the seams came apart, and she had to pay
another $75 to get them repaired.
Those boots cost more than she meant to spend and more than she spent to mend.
Travel guide: The regional dish is ground lamb mixed with spices and honey
and boiled in the local honey beer.
They are called meadish sweetballs.
I am writing a book about the most productive citizens of Middle Earth.
It's called "Seven Hobbits are Highly Effective People."
Battlestar Galactica was a 1970's sci-fi series (revived 2004-2009)
in which robots called Cylons were relentlessly pursuing the last
It is not widely known, but sheep are avid sci-fi fans. They have an
immense corpus of stories, passed orally, including many analogous
to the Battlestar Galactica series. The villains in these tales,
of course, are the Cylons of the Lambs.
In my county the largest toy store is owned by Russell Ford Allmyer.
He is a ruthless businessman. All of his competitors complain bitterly
about Toy Czar Russ.
The largest publication in the vacuum cleaner industry is Vac Scene.
For some reason many of its subscribers are doctors and
public health officials.
Bill is the world's worst wigmaker.
Everyone complains when they have Bill's toupee.
The tycoon divided his estate among so many relatives that each
share was paltry. He suffered from legion heirs disease.
Every evening at sundown the Mayans sacrificed a warrior or a young maiden.
They believed that this was the only way to assure that the sun would
return the following day. They lost a lot of good people through these
sacrifices. What a shame! A Mayan is a terrible thing to waste.
Juan Alvarez is a Quechua living along the Napo River in Ecuador.
He has no family, only a pet toucan. He is so poor he can afford only
a handful of birdseed each week. So toucan lives as cheaply as Juan.
My family has been making Iam's dogfood since 1830. I have been heading the
company for the past few years, being the great-great-great-great-great-grandson
of its founder. I'm Henry the eighth Iam.
Speaking of Iam's dogfood, I recently hired an actor to do radio commercials
for our dogfood products. Her first question was, "How is the name
pronounced?" I told her, "It's easy. It rhymes with rhymes."
After J. P. Getty died, Dietrich Kohl took over the petroleum empire
for about 5 years. Compared to the dour Getty, Dietrich seemed positively
jolly. Yes, oil king Kohl was a merry old soul.
The other day I went to a formal square dance. I could hardly believe it.
Everyone was dressed like royalty. Instead of the do-si-do
they did the tuck-si-do.
The L.A. Freeway carries more traffic than any other highway in the world.
Truly it is the colossus of roads.
The hull of my little schooner is so rotted that nobody will buy it.
I'm afraid it has no resail value.
Füdelmeir von Munchhausen spins the most amazing and creative
tall tales, but he gets so nervous and taut you can always tell
he is fabricating. I suppose you could call him a high-tension liar.
Fred, now living in Allentown PA, discovered that his old college buddy,
Derf, was living in Rochester NY. They agreed to meet midway, at a
highly pretentious healthfood restaurant named Food D'Elmira.
As soon as they recognized each other Fred shouted, "Long time, no see," and they went inside. Derf noted a sour odor from the fish at the next table, and commented, "Long time, no sea." Derf observed that Fred needed a magnifying lens to read the menu, and asked about it. Fred replied, "Long time, no see," and then asked Derf if he had ever achieved his dream of qualifying for the U.S. biathlon team. Sadly, Derf answered, "Long time, no ski."
Derf noticed that Fred was very nervous and taut, and that every time a woman passed, regardless of age or appearance, Fred stopped speaking and turned to look. Derf soon realized, "Long time, no she."
The Nursery Rhyme animals put on a production of Les Miserables.
Baa-Baa Black Sheep played Jean Valjean, and Fuzzy Wuzzy was Jaubert.
Boy, I just read the dullest magazine ever. It was all about sleeping,
and, let me tell you, within 3 minutes I was asleep myself.
It was called U.S. Snooze and World Repose.
Historians have just discovered an ugly incident in British history.
It seems that when a group of wealthy Dutch settlers from South Africa
stayed in Stratford upon Avon, the local taverns threw Shakespeare
out on the street to make room for them, although the Dutch didn't care.
In other words, bars barred Bard, bored Boers board.
The Japanese Sumo Federation wanted to get sumo wrestling recognized
as an Olympic sport. To popularize it, they took several of their
champions on a world tour. They went to numerous cities where
the sumo fighters would take on the local strongmen. At one village
in the Amazon rainforest, however, it was the local medicine man
who came to fight, not with physical strength, but with magic spells.
This worked for few minutes, until the sumo grappler got the witch doctor
in such a tight bearhug that he could no longer speak his incantations.
At this point, the village chief broke up the fight, imploring, "Please don't squeeze the shaman."
Many runners extend the lives of their expensive running shoes by
repairing worn spots on the soles with a product called Shoe Goo.
Its inventor believed that once runners saw how well it worked on
running shoes they would use it on all their footwear, and soon
everyone would be using it. At least, that was the Shoe Goo
The Crane and Heron Society was hosting a fancy dress ball (at the Stork Club,
of course). They sent out engraved formal invitations, starting with
"The honour of your presence is requested," and ending with "R.S.V.P.,
Say, did you hear about the terrible accident down at the farm?
I watched a seed spreader fall into a drain, followed by a blacksmith,
and then a lawyer.
So you saw a suer on a shoer on a sower in a sewer?
I, Elsie, mate of Elmer, having covered myself completely with mud,
will now jump over the moon.
How, now-brown cow?
The American Astronomical Association was recently sued by the
Automobile Association of America for infringement of their AAA
trademark. The astronomers were forced to change their name. It is
now the Association of American Astronomers.
In French I suppose jackknife would be Jacques Couteau.
I wonder if you can use one underwater.
Ohio University now has a baby goat for a mascot. They call
it the O. U. kid.
Annie: Did you know that sugar is the only English word
starting with SU where the S is pronounced SH?
Baaarry Baaarnyaaard is the world's toughest ram. He can take
a lot more than you can dish out. In fact, he's a regular
mutton for punishment.
I refuse to milk the cows. I disdain such low, demeaning work.
I have udder contempt.
The Farmer in the Dell has gotten some modern ideas. She wants to level
the dell by moving earth from the surrounding hills to make a golf
course. When she explained the plan, the contractor said, "Dat's nuts!
Do ya know what it'd cost ta fill a dell f'ya?"
In prehistoric times the huge carnivorous dinosaurs were always careening
around the jungle at high speed, and, since they had rather small brains,
constantly crashing into one another. In fact, the jungles were littered
with tyrannosaurus wrecks.
Fortunately, other dinosaurs would quickly dispose of the giant carcasses, since they were edible wrecks.
The photo lab was very late developing Snow White's snapshots.
Dejected, she sighed, "Some day my prints will come."
Poor Mercurio Foodlemyer. Twenty miles into the All-Italy marathon
he was well in the lead when his running shoes simply fell apart.
He ran the last 6 miles barefoot, blistered and bleeding, and finished in
55th place. Truly, he suffered de agony of de feet.
Jenifer and Egbert Taura (Eggsy to his friends) have started a new
business buying and selling bulls. They have prospered because
they made the process so easy. They are famous for their Buy A Bull
store ease. Anyhow, Jenifer makes all the deals and Egbert handles
the animals. In other words, Jenny says and Eggsy does.
(Don't you just love it, cuz?)
Oh, and Ronald Taura and I do the accounts. (He is more reliable; he's a safer Taura.) We really get excited when we see those soaring sales and profit figures. It's surprising what numbers do to Ron or me.
Did you hear that Sean Penn's mom and her sisters have gone into the
bakery business? They have a website where people can order pastries,
which are delivered by truck within the hour. Now everyone is talking
about the pie routes of Penn's aunts.
Did you know that the Yale chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is protesting a
new honor society on campus? Yesterday they marched for 6 hours waving
flags and trampling the flower beds. They were Phi Bates with pennants.
Of course the University punished them and made them replant all the flowers as restitution. They were Phi Bates in pennance.
Did you hear about the big ruckus at the circus? The chimpanzees escaped
and stole all the trousers from the men's dressing tent. They were primates
in men's pants.
In 1999 the Kurds in northern Iraq struck back for the poison gas attacks
by Saddam Hussein's armies. They sent saboteurs into Baghdad
to blow up buildings. These were the spy raids of vengeance.
Hugh Grant wanted to be sure there would be fresh fruit at his big party.
The caterer assured him, "There will be fruits and nuts, too, Hugh."
A tourist in Hawaii wanted to know how much work was involved in making poi. The native cook told her, "We have taro root to pound, and nuts to hew."
A diner wanted to know what kind of stew the Hungarian chef was preparing. She replied disdainfully, "You, you are ignorant, you. This is goulash, and not stew, you."
The Foodlemyer Pen Company had a terrible setback. They had just
developed a leather-covered pen for the high-end upscale market, but
the truck carrying the first shipment collided with a truck loaded
with Rogaine. The result was that all the pens sprouted hair.
Figaro Foodlemyer, the company barber, was sure he had the perfect solution: just shave all of the pens. It proved to be slow, painstaking work, and all of those pens soon became discolored from the shaving cream. They gave the lot of them to Figaro to pay for all his labors. After all, a pen he shaved is a pen he earned.
In Latvia a caustic liquid was dissolving the pipes. They found it came
from slowly perspiring puppies. In other words, Lett dogs seeping lye.
To Tell the Truth
Oh, those filthy cheating curs! Wake them up and my fists will teach them
to speak the truth!
No, comrade, let lying dogs sleep.
A New Broom
The environmentalists were appalled to learn that the villagers had
cut down all the newly planted saplings to use as brooms. After they
discovered that the tiny trees could not be saved, they wanted to burn
all of the brooms as an object lesson.
Bad idea. Let dying logs sweep.
A notorious criminal was hiding from the law in a monastery, garbed
as an abbot. When one of his fellow gangsters came to visit, he found
the fugitive holding mass. "Are you crazy?," he asked, "You can't give
a blessing in this guise."
A visitor to a movie set asked the Latin band leader if this was
the actual stadium where the dance craze had originated.
"No," he answered, "this is just a mock arena."
A woman married a wealthy heir. Soon she realized that his profligate
spending habits would bankrupt them. Heir today, gone tomorrow.
So she laid down the law: one more expensive purchase and she would
leave him. Without saying one word, her husband walked out and went
straight to a luxury car auction. The wife, upon learning this, went
straight to a divorce lawyer. Auction speaks louder than words.
Augustus Igatur leaves his vast fortune to his older son, Sigmund.
Alas, his younger son Friedrich's fiancee tricks a gullible Lakota woman
into swearing that Friedrich is really Sigmund. The court awards the
estate to Friedrich. Sigmund raves at the fiancee, "God, I am S. Igatur.
You've a nice dumb Sioux, miss."
Two beggars decide it is foolish to beg for a farthing at a time.
Instead, they go to the king and beg for a huge sum, so that they
can retire from beggary forever. The king has them summarily
executed. Too late they realize, don't put all your begs in one ask-it.
Eustacio Foodlemyer, the famous Caribbean bartender, noticed how the wood
of the casks flavors great wines, and decided to try the same thing with
cocktails. The last time I visited his establishment he greeted me with,
"Hickory daiquiri, doc?"
There may be beauty in the eye of the beholder, but there are stingers
in the hand of the bee-holder.
Under the feudal system, if you are born a serf you will always be a serf,
and if you are born a vassal you will always be a vassal.
This is the feudal mire.
When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917 Russia seceded from the famous
Triple Entente, leaving just a Double Entente. Its members were known
as the Double Ententers.
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