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    A German, a Pole and a Czech left camp for a hike through the woods.

After being reported missing a day or two later, rangers found two bears,

one a male, one a female, looking suspiciously overstuffed.  They killed

the female, autopsied her, and sure enough, found the German and the Pole.

    "What do you think?" said the the first ranger.

    "The Czech is in the male," replied the second.


Aberdeen was so small that when the family with the car went

on vacation, the gas station and drive-in theatre had to close.


According to the Rand McNally Places-Rated Almanac, the best place to live in

America is the city of Pittsburgh.  The city of New York came in twenty-fifth.

Here in New York we really don't care too much.  Because we know that we could

beat up their city anytime.

        -- David Letterman


"All snakes who wish to remain in Ireland will please raise their right hands."

        -- Saint Patrick


Also, the Scots are said to have invented golf.  Then they had

to invent Scotch whiskey to take away the pain and frustration.


alta, v:    To change; make or become different; modify.

ansa, v:    A spoken or written reply, as to a question.

baa, n:        A place people meet to have a few drinks.

Baaston, n:    The capital of Massachusetts.

baaba, n:    One whose business is to cut or trim hair or beards.

beea, n:    An alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and hops, often

            found in baas.

caaa, n:    An automobile.

centa, n:    A point around which something revolves; axis.  (Or

            someone involved with the Knicks.)

chouda, n:    A thick seafood soup, often in a milk base.

dada, n:    Information, esp. information organized for analysis or


        -- Massachewsetts Unabridged Dictionary


America was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci and was named after him, until

people got tired of living in a place called "Vespuccia" and changed its

name to "America".

        -- Mike Harding, "The Armchair Anarchist's Almanac"


America, how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?

        -- Allen Ginsberg


American by birth; Texan by the grace of God.


Americans are people who insist on living in the present, tense.


Americans' greatest fear is that America will turn out to have been a

phenomenon, not a civilization.

        -- Shirley Hazzard, "Transit of Venus"


An American is a man with two arms and four wheels.

        -- A Chinese child


An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.

        -- A. P. Herbert


Anything anybody can say about America is true.

        -- Emmett Grogan


Armenians and Azerbaijanis in Stepanakert, capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh

autonomous region, rioted over much needed spelling reform in the Soviet Union.

        -- P. J. O'Rourke


Baseball is a skilled game.  It's America's game - it, and high taxes.

        -- The Best of Will Rogers


Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them

seemed to come from Texas.

        -- Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"


Boston State House is the hub of the Solar System.  You couldn't pry that out

of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a


        -- Oliver Wendell Holmes


    Carol's head ached as she trailed behind the unsmiling Calibrees

along the block of booths.  She chirruped at Kennicott, "Let's be wild!

Let's ride on the merry-go-round and grab a gold ring!"

    Kennicott considered it, and mumbled to Calibree, "Think you folks

would like to stop and try a ride on the merry-go-round?"

    Calibree considered it, and mumbled to his wife, "Think you'd like

to stop and try a ride on the merry-go-round?"

    Mrs. Calibree smiled in a washed-out manner, and sighed, "Oh no,

I don't believe I care to much, but you folks go ahead and try it."

    Calibree stated to Kennicott, "No, I don't believe we care to a

whole lot, but you folks go ahead and try it."

    Kennicott summarized the whole case against wildness: "Let's try

it some other time, Carrie."

    She gave it up.

        -- Sinclair Lewis, "Main Street"


Climate and Surgery

    R C Gilchrist, who was shot by J Sharp twelve days ago, and who

received a derringer ball in the right breast, and who it was supposed at

the time could not live many hours, was on the street yesterday and the

day before -- walking several blocks at a time.  To those who design to be

riddled with bullets or cut to pieces with Bowie-knives, we cordially

recommend our Sacramento climate and Sacramento surgery.

        -- Sacramento Daily Union, September 11, 1861


David Letterman's "Things we can be proud of as Americans":

    * Greatest number of citizens who have actually boarded a UFO

    * Many newspapers feature "JUMBLE"

    * Hourly motel rates

    * Vast majority of Elvis movies made here

    * Didn't just give up right away during World War II

        like some countries we could mention

    * Goatees & Van Dykes thought to be worn only by weenies

    * Our well-behaved golf professionals

    * Fabulous babes coast to coast


Decemba, n:    The 12th month of the year.

erra, n:    A mistake.

faa, n:        To, from, or at considerable distance.

Linder, n:    A female name.

memba, n:    To recall to the mind; think of again.

New Hampsha, n:    A state in the northeast United States.

New Yaak, n:    Another state in the northeast United States.

Novemba, n:    The 11th month of the year.

Octoba, n:    The 10th month of the year.

ova, n:        Location above or across a specified position.  What the

            season is when the Knicks quit playing.

        -- Massachewsetts Unabridged Dictionary


Detroit is Cleveland without the glitter.


Do Miami a favor.  When you leave, take someone with you.


Do you know Montana?


Do you know the difference between a yankee and a damyankee?

A yankee comes south to *_____visit*.


Eli and Bessie went to sleep.

In the middle of the night, Bessie nudged Eli.

    "Please be so kindly and close the window.  It's cold outside!"

Half asleep, Eli murmured,

    "Nu ... so if I'll close the window, will it be warm outside?"


Five people -- an Englishman, Russian, American, Frenchman and Irishman

were each asked to write a book on elephants.  Some amount of time later they

had all completed their respective books.  The Englishman's book was entitled

"The Elephant -- How to Collect Them", the Russian's "The Elephant -- Vol. I",

the American's "The Elephant -- How to Make Money from Them", the Frenchman's

"The Elephant -- Its Mating Habits" and the Irishman's "The Elephant and

Irish Political History".


For some reason a glaze passes over people's faces when you say

"Canada".  Maybe we should invade South Dakota or something.

        -- Sandra Gotlieb, wife of the Canadian ambassador to the U.S.


Fortune presents:


^Cu vi parolas angle?            Do you speak English?

Mi ne komprenas.            I don't understand.

Vi estas la sola esperantisto kiun mi    You're the only Esperanto speaker

    renkontas.                I've met.

La ^ceko estas enpo^stigita.        The check is in the mail.

Oni ne povas, ^gin netrovi.        You can't miss it.

Mi nur rigardadas.            I'm just looking around.

Nu, ^sajnis bona ideo.            Well, it seemed like a good idea.


Fortune presents:


^Cu tiu loko estas okupita?        Is this seat taken?

^Cu vi ofte venas ^ci-tien?        Do you come here often?

^Cu mi povas havi via telelonnumeron?    May I have your phone number?

Mi estas komputilisto.            I work with computers.

Mi legas multe da scienca fikcio.    I read a lot of science fiction.

^Cu necesas ke vi eliras?        Do you really have to be going?


Fortune presents:


Mi ^cevalovipus vin se mi havus        I'd horsewhip you if I had a horse.


Vere vi ^sercas.            You must be kidding.

Nu, parDOOOOOnu min!            Well exCUUUUUSE me!

Kiu invitis vin?            Who invited you?

Kion vi diris pri mia patrino?        What did you say about my mother?

Bu^so^stopu min per kulero.        Gag me with a spoon.


Gay shlafen:  Yiddish for "go to sleep".

Now doesn't "gay shlafen" have a softer, more soothing sound than the

harsh, staccato "go to sleep"?  Listen to the difference:

    "Go to sleep, you little wretch!" ... "Gay shlafen, darling."

Obvious, isn't it?

    Clearly the best thing you can do for you children is to start

speaking Yiddish right now and never speak another word of English as

long as you live.  This will, of course, entail teaching Yiddish to all

your friends, business associates, the people at the supermarket, and

so on, but that's just the point.  It has to start with committed

individuals and then grow....

    Some minor adjustments will have to be made, of course: those

signs written in what look like Yiddish letters won't be funny when

everything is written in Yiddish.  And we'll have to start driving on

the left side of the road so we won't be reading the street signs

backwards.  But is that too high a price to pay for world peace?

I think not, my friend, I think not.

        -- Arthur Naiman, "Every Goy's Guide to Yiddish"


"Gee, Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore."


"God gives burdens; also shoulders"

Jimmy Carter cited this Jewish saying in his concession speech at the

end of the 1980 election.  At least he said it was a Jewish saying; I

can't find it anywhere.  I'm sure he's telling the truth though; why

would he lie about a thing like that?

        -- Arthur Naiman, "Every Goy's Guide to Yiddish"


Good night, Austin, Texas, wherever you are!


Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers and

cheating on your income tax.

        -- Mike Royko


Have you seen the latest Japanese camera?  Apparently it is so fast it can

photograph an American with his mouth shut!


Hear about the Californian terrorist that tried to blow up a bus?

Burned his lips on the exhaust pipe.


Hear about the young Chinese woman who just won the lottery?

One fortunate cookie...


    Here is the fact of the week, maybe even the fact of the month.

According to probably reliable sources, the Coca-Cola people are experiencing

severe marketing anxiety in China.

    The words "Coca-Cola" translate into Chinese as either (depending

on the inflection) "wax-fattened mare" or "bite the wax tadpole".

    Bite the wax tadpole.

    There is a sort of rough justice, is there not?

    The trouble with this fact, as lovely as it is, is that it's hard

to get a whole column out of it. I'd like to teach the world to bite a wax

tadpole.  Coke -- it's the real wax-fattened mare.  Not bad, but broad

satiric vistas do not open up.

        -- John Carrol, The San Francisco Chronicle


"His great aim was to escape from civilization, and, as soon as he had

money, he went to Southern California."


Historians have now definitely established that Juan Cabrillo, discoverer

of California, was not looking for Kansas, thus setting a precedent that

continues to this day.

        -- Wayne Shannon


Houdini escaping from New Jersey!

Film at eleven.


How many priests are needed for a Boston Mass?


I am just a nice, clean-cut Mongolian boy.

        -- Yul Brynner, 1956


I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of

pre-Adamite ancestral descent.  You will understand this when I tell you

that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic

globule.  Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable.  I

can't help it.  I was born sneering.

        -- Pooh-Bah, "The Mikado"


I didn't know he was dead; I thought he was British.


I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot.

        -- George Bernard Shaw


I shot an arrow in to the air, and it stuck.

        -- graffito in Los Angeles

On a clear day,


        -- graffito in San Francisco

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our

lungs there'd be no place to put it all.

        -- Robert Orben


I'm going through my "I want to go back to New York" phase today.  Happens

every six months or so.  So, I thought, perhaps unwisely, that I'd share

it with you.

> In New York in the winter it is million degrees below zero and

  the wind travels at a million miles an hour down 5th avenue.

> And in LA it's 72.

> In New York in the summer it is a million degrees and the humidity

  is a million percent.

> And in LA it's 72.

> In New York there are a million interesting people.

> And in LA there are 72.


"I'm in Pittsburgh.  Why am I here?"

        -- Harold Urey, Nobel Laureate


If all the Chinese simultaneously jumped into the Pacific off a 10 foot

platform erected 10 feet off their coast, it would cause a tidal wave

that would destroy everything in this country west of Nebraska.


Illinois isn't exactly the land that God forgot -- it's more like the

land He's trying to ignore.


In 1880 the French captured Detroit but gave it back ... they couldn't

get parts.


In America, it's not how much an item costs, it's how much you save.


In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations --

it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir.

        -- Stuart Keate


In California they don't throw their garbage away -- they make it into

television shows.

        -- Woody Allen, "Annie Hall"


In Minnesota they ask why all football fields in Iowa have artificial turf.

It's so the cheerleaders won't graze during the game.


Indiana is a state dedicated to basketball.  Basketball, soybeans, hogs and

basketball.  Berkeley, needless to say, is not nearly as athletic.  Berkeley

is dedicated to coffee, angst, potholes and coffee.

        -- Carolyn Jones


Inglish Spocken Hier: some mangled translations

    Sign on a cabin door of a Soviet Black Sea cruise liner:

        Helpsavering apparata in emergings behold many whistles!

        Associate the stringing apparata about the bosums and meet

        behind, flee then to the indifferent lifesaveringshippen

        obedicing the instructs of the vessel.

    On the door in a Belgrade hotel:

        Let us know about any unficiency as well as leaking on

        the service. Our utmost will improve it.

        -- Colin Bowles


Inglish Spocken Hier: some mangled translations

    Sign on a cathedral in Spain:

        It is forbidden to enter a woman, even a foreigner if

        dressed as a man.

    Above the enterance to a Cairo bar:

        Unaccompanied ladies not admitted unless with husband

        or similar.

    On a Bucharest elevator:

        The lift is being fixed for the next days.

        During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

        -- Colin Bowles


Inglish Spocken Hier: some mangled translations

    Various signs in Poland:

        Right turn toward immediate outside.

        Go soothingly in the snow, as there lurk the ski demons.

        Five o'clock tea at all hours.

    In a men's washroom in Sidney:

        Shake excess water from hands, push button to start,

        rub hands rapidly under air outlet and wipe hands

        on front of shirt.

        -- Colin Bowles, San Francisco Chronicle


Iowans ask why Minnesotans don't drink more Kool-Aid.  That's because

they can't figure out how to get two quarts of water into one of those

little paper envelopes.


Isn't it nice that people who prefer Los Angeles to San Francisco live there?

        -- Herb Caen


It's hard to argue that God hated Oklahoma.  If He didn't, why is it so

close to Texas?


It's not Camelot, but it's not Cleveland, either.

        -- Kevin White, Mayor of Boston


It's not enough to be Hungarian; you must have talent too.

        -- Alexander Korda


It's odd, and a little unsettling, to reflect upon the fact that

English is the only major language in which "I" is capitalized; in many

other languages "You" is capitalized and the "i" is lower case.

        -- Sydney J. Harris


It's really quite a simple choice: Life, Death, or Los Angeles.


Learning French is trivial: the word for horse is cheval, and everything else

follows in the same way.

        -- Alan J. Perlis


Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made

sense from things she found in gift shops.

        -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


Likewise, the national appetizer, brine-cured herring with raw onions,

wins few friends, Germans excepted.

        -- Darwin Porter "Scandinavia On $50 A Day"


Living in LA is like not having a date on Saturday night.

        -- Candice Bergen


Living in New York City gives people real incentives to want things that

nobody else wants.

        -- Andy Warhol


Minnesota --

    home of the blonde hair and blue ears.

    mosquito supplier to the free world.

    come fall in love with a loon.

    where visitors turn blue with envy.

    one day it's warm, the rest of the year it's cold.

    land of many cultures -- mostly throat.

    where the elite meet sleet.

    glove it or leave it.

    many are cold, but few are frozen.

    land of the ski and home of the crazed.

    land of 10,000 Petersons.


Moishe Margolies, who weighed all of 105 pounds and stood an even five feet

in his socks, was taking his first airplane trip. He took a seat next to a

hulking bruiser of a man who happened to be the heavyweight champion of

the world.  Little Moishe was uneasy enough before he even entered the plane,

but now the roar of the engines and the great height absolutely terrified him.

So frightened did he become that his stomach turned over and he threw up all

over the muscular giant siting beside him.  Fortunately, at least for Moishe,

the man was sound asleep.  But now the little man had another problem.  How in

the world would he ever explain the situation to the burly brute when he

awakened?  The sudden voice of the stewardess on the plane's intercom, finally

woke the bruiser, and Moishe, his heart in his mouth, rose to the occasion.

    "Feeling better now?" he asked solicitously.


Monterey... is decidedly the pleasantest and most civilized-looking place

in California ... [it] is also a great place for cock-fighting, gambling

of all sorts, fandangos, and various kinds of amusements and knavery.

        -- Richard Henry Dama, "Two Years Before the Mast", 1840


Most Texans think Hanukkah is some sort of duck call.

        -- Richard Lewis


My godda bless, never I see sucha people.

        -- Signor Piozzi, quoted by Cecilia Thrale


New York is real.  The rest is done with mirrors.


New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around

whom you shouldn't make a sudden move.

        -- David Letterman


No matter what other nations may say about the United States,

immigration is still the sincerest form of flattery.


"Now the Lord God planted a garden East of Whittier in a place called

Yorba Linda, and out of the ground he made to grow orange trees that

were good for food and the fruits thereof he labeled SUNKIST ..."

        -- "The Begatting of a President"


On the night before her family moved from Kansas to California, the little

girl knelt by her bed to say her prayers.  "God bless Mommy and Daddy and

Keith and Kim," she said.  As she began to get up, she quickly added, "Oh,

and God, this is goodbye.  We're moving to Hollywood."


On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia.

        -- W. C. Fields' epitaph


One of the rules of Busmanship, New York style, is never surrender your

seat to another passenger.  This may seem callous, but it is the best

way, really.  If one passenger were to give a seat to someone who fainted

in the aisle, say, the others on the bus would become disoriented and

imagine they were in Topeka Kansas.


paak, n:    A stadium or inclosed playing field. To put or leave (a

            a vehicle) for a time in a certain location.

patato, n:    The starchy, edible tuber of a widely cultivated plant.

Septemba, n:    The 9th month of the year.

shua, n:    Having no doubt; certain.

sista, n:    A female having the same mother and father as the speaker.

tamato, n:    A fleshy, smooth-skinned reddish fruit eaten in salads

            or as a vegetable.

troopa, n:    A state policeman.

Wista, n:    A city in central Masschewsetts.

yaad, n:    A tract of ground adjacent to a building.

        -- Massachewsetts Unabridged Dictionary


Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered.  I myself would

say that it had merely been detected.

        -- Oscar Wilde


Philadelphia is not dull -- it just seems so because it is next to

exciting Camden, New Jersey.


Providence, New Jersey, is one of the few cities where Velveeta cheese

appears on the gourmet shelf.


San Francisco isn't what it used to be, and it never was.

        -- Herb Caen


Seattle is so wet that people protect their property with watch-ducks.


Seems that a pollster was taking a worldwide opinion poll.

Her question was, "Excuse me; what's your opinion on the meat shortage?"

In Texas, the answer was "What's a shortage?"

In Poland, the answer was "What's meat?"

In the Soviet Union, the answer was "What's an opinion?"

In New York City, the answer was "What's excuse me?"


    Some 1500 miles west of the Big Apple we find the Minneapple, a

haven of tranquility in troubled times.  It's a good town, a civilized town.

A town where they still know how to get your shirts back by Thursday.  Let

the Big Apple have the feats of "Broadway Joe" Namath.  We have known the

stolid but steady Killebrew.  Listening to Cole Porter over a dry martini

may well suit those unlucky enough never to have heard the Whoopee John Polka

Band and never to have shared a pitcher of 3.2 Grain Belt Beer.  The loss is

theirs.  And the Big Apple has yet to bake the bagel that can match peanut

butter on lefse.  Here is a town where the major urban problem is dutch elm

disease and the number one crime is overtime parking.  We boast more theater

per capita than the Big Apple.  We go to see, not to be seen.  We go even

when we must shovel ten inches of snow from the driveway to get there.  Indeed

the winters are fierce.  But then comes the marvel of the Minneapple summer.

People flock to the city's lakes to frolic and rejoice at the sight of so

much happy humanity free from the bonds of the traditional down-filled parka.

Here's to the Minneapple.  And to its people.  Our flair for style is balanced

by a healthy respect for wind chill factors.

    And we always, always eat our vegetables.

    This is the Minneapple.


Someone did a study of the three most-often-heard phrases in New York

City.  One is "Hey, taxi."  Two is, "What train do I take to get to

Bloomingdale's?"  And three is, "Don't worry.  It's just a flesh wound."

        -- David Letterman


    "Somewhere", said Father Vittorini, "did Blake not speak of the

Machineries of Joy?  That is, did not God promote environments, then

intimidate these Natures by provoking the existence of flesh, toy men and

women, such as are we all?  And thus happily sent forth, at our best, with

good grace and fine wit, on calm noons, in fair climes, are we not God's

Machineries of Joy?"

    "If Blake said that", said Father Brian, "he never lived in Dublin."

        -- R. Bradbury, "The Machineries of Joy"


The Almighty in His infinite wisdom did not see fit to create Frenchmen

in the image of Englishmen.

        -- Winston Churchill, 1942


The American nation in the sixth ward is a fine people; they love the

eagle -- on the back of a dollar.

        -- Finlay Peter Dunne


The Anglo-Saxon conscience does not prevent the Anglo-Saxon from

sinning, it merely prevents him from enjoying his sin.

        -- Salvador De Madariaga


The best case:       Get salary from America, build a house in England,

            live with a Japanese wife, and eat Chinese food.

Pretty good case:  Get salary from England, build a house in America,

            live with a Chinese wife, and eat Japanese food.

The worst case:    Get salary from China, build a house in Japan,

            live with a British wife, and eat American food.

        -- Bungei Shunju, a popular Japanese magazine


The best thing that comes out of Iowa is I-80.


The big cities of America are becoming Third World countries.

        -- Nora Ephron


The British are coming!  The British are coming!


The climate of Bombay is such that its inhabitants have to live elsewhere.


The curse of the Irish is not that they don't know the words to a song --

it's that they know them *___all*.

        -- Susan Dooley


The Czechs announced after Sputnik that they, too, would launch a satellite.

Of course, it would orbit Sputnik, not Earth!


The difference between America and England is that the English think 100

miles is a long distance and the Americans think 100 years is a long time.


The egg cream is psychologically the opposite of circumcision -- it

*pleasurably* reaffirms your Jewishness.

        -- Mel Brooks


The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable

in full pursuit of the uneatable.

        -- Oscar Wilde, "A Woman of No Importance"


The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach

their children to speak it.

        -- G. B. Shaw


The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest

about it.

        -- James Agate, British film and drama critic


[The French Riviera is] a sunny place for shady people.

        -- Somerset Maugham


The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury.  Due north of the

center we find the South End.  This is not to be confused with South

Boston which lies directly east from the South End.  North of the South

End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.


The goys have proven the following theorem...

        -- Physicist John von Neumann, at the start of a classroom



    The Martian landed his saucer in Manhattan, and immediately upon

emerging was approached by a panhandler.  "Mister," said the man, "can I

have a quarter?"

    The Martian asked, "What's a quarter?"

    The panhandler thought a minute, brightened, then said, "You're

right!  Can I have a dollar?"


The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.

        -- Andy Warhol


The most common given name in the world is Mohammad; the most common

family name in the world is Chang.  Can you imagine the enormous number

of people in the world named Mohammad Chang?

        -- Derek Wills


The only cultural advantage LA has over NY is that you can make a right

turn on a red light.

        -- Woody Allen


The San Diego Freeway.  Official Parking Lot of the 1984 Olympics!


The trouble is, there is an endless supply of White Men, but there has

always been a limited number of Human Beings.

        -- Little Big Man


    The world's most avid baseball fan (an Aggie) had arrived at the

stadium for the first game of the World Series only to realize he had left

his ticket at home.  Not wanting to miss any of the first inning, he went

to the ticket booth and got in a long line for another seat.  After an hour's

wait he was just a few feet from the booth when a voice called out, "Hey,

Dave!"  The Aggie looked up, stepped out of line and tried to find the owner

of the voice -- with no success.   Then he realized he had lost his place in

line and had to wait all over again.  When the fan finally bought his ticket,

he was thirsty, so he went to buy a drink.  The line at the concession stand

was long, too, but since the game hadn't started he decided to wait.  Just as

he got to the window, a voice called out, "Hey, Dave!"  Again the Aggie tried

to find the voice -- but no luck.  He was very upset as he got back in line

for his drink.  Finally the fan went to his seat, eager for the game to begin.

As he waited for the pitch, he heard the voice calling, "Hey Dave!" once more.

Furious, he stood up and yelled at the top of his lungs,  "My name isn't Dave!"


Then there was the Formosan bartender named Taiwan-On.


There *__is* intelligent life on Earth, but I leave for Texas on Monday.


There are people who find it odd to eat four or five Chinese meals

in a row; in China, I often remind them, there are a billion or so

people who find nothing odd about it.

        -- Calvin Trillin


There is nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the

ocean level wouldn't cure.

        -- Ross MacDonald


There must be at least 500,000,000 rats in the United States; of course,

I never heard the story before.


    There once was this swami who lived above a delicatessan.  Seems one

day he decided to stop in downstairs for some fresh liver.  Well, the owner

of the deli was a bit of a cheap-skate, and decided to pick up a little extra

change at his customer's expense.  Turning quietly to the counterman, he

whispered, "Weigh down upon the swami's liver!"


There was this New Yorker that had a lifelong ambition to be an Texan.

Fortunately, he had an Texan friend and went to him for advice.  "Mike,

you know I've always wanted to be a Texan.  You're a *____real* Texan, what

should I do?"

    "Well," answered Mike, "The first thing you've got to do is look

like a Texan.  That means you have to dress right.  The second thing

you've got to do is speak in a southern drawl."

    "Thanks, Mike, I'll give it a try," replied the New Yorker.

    A few weeks passed and the New Yorker saunters into a store dressed

in a ten-gallon hat, cowboy boots, Levi jeans and a bandanna.  "Hey, there,

pardner, I'd like some beef, not too rare, and some of them fresh biscuits,"

he tells the counterman.

    The guy behind the counter takes a long look at him and then says,

"You must be from New York."

    The New Yorker blushes, and says, "Well, yes, I am.  How did

you know?"

    "Because this is a hardware store."


There's just something I don't like about Virginia; the state.


There's something different about us -- different from people of Europe,

Africa, Asia ... a deep and abiding belief in the Easter Bunny.

        -- G. Gordon Liddy


Three Midwesterners, a Kansan, a Missourian and an Iowan,

all appearing on a quiz program, were asked to complete this sentence:

"Old MacDonald had a . . ."

    "Old MacDonald had a carburetor," answered the Kansan.

    "Sorry, that's wrong," the game show host said.

    "Old MacDonald had a free brake alignment down at the

        service station," said the Missourian.


    "Old MacDonald had a farm," said the Iowan.

    "CORRECT!" shouts the quizmaster.  "Now for $100,000, spell 'farm.'"

    "Easy," said the Iowan. "E-I-E-I-O."


Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.

        -- Frank Lloyd Wright


To a Californian, a person must prove himself criminally insane before he

is allowed to drive a taxi in New York.  For New York cabbies, honesty and

stopping at red lights are both optional.

        -- From "East vs. West: The War Between the Coasts


To a Californian, all New Yorkers are cold; even in heat they rarely go

above fifty-eight degrees.  If you collapse on a street in New York, plan

to spend a few days there.

        -- From "East vs. West: The War Between the Coasts


To a New Yorker, all Californians are blond, even the blacks.  There are,

in fact, whole neighborhoods that are zoned only for blond people.  The

only way to tell the difference between California and Sweden is that the

Swedes speak better English."

        -- From "East vs. West: The War Between the Coasts


To a New Yorker, the only California houses on the market for less than a

million dollars are those on fire.  These generally go for six hundred


        -- From "East vs. West: The War Between the Coasts


To be happy one must be a) well fed, unhounded by sordid cares, at ease in

Zion, b) full of a comfortable feeling of superiority to the masses of one's

fellow men, and c) delicately and unceasingly amused according to one's taste.

It is my contention that, if this definition be accepted, there is no country

in the world wherein a man constituted as I am -- a man of my peculiar

weaknesses, vanities, appetites, and aversions -- can be so happy as he can

be in the United States.  Going further, I lay down the doctrine that it is

a sheer physical impossibility for such a man to live in the United States

and not be happy.

        -- H. L. Mencken, "On Being An American"


To know Edina is to reject it.

        -- Dudley Riggs, "The Year the Grinch Stole the Election"


Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

        -- Judy Garland, "Wizard of Oz"


Tourists -- have some fun with New York's hard-boiled cabbies.  When you

get to your destination, say to your driver, "Pay?  I was hitch-hiking."

        -- David Letterman


Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

        -- David Letterman


Traveling through New England, a motorist stopped for gas in a tiny village.

"What's this place called?" he asked the station attendant.

    "All depends," the native drawled.  "Do you mean by them that has

to live in this dad-blamed, moth-eaten, dust-covered, one-hoss dump, or

by them that's merely enjoying its quaint and picturesque rustic charms

for a short spell?"


Visit beautiful Vergas, Minnesota.


Visit beautiful Wisconsin Dells.


Visit[1] the beautiful Smoky Mountains!

[1] visit, v.:

    Come for a week, spend too much money and pay lots of hidden taxes,

    then leave.  We'll be happy to see your money again next year.

    You can save time by simply sending the money, if you're too busy.


We don't care how they do it in New York.


Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the men are strong, the women are pretty,

and the children are above-average.

        -- Garrison Keillor


What kind of sordid business are you on now?  I mean, man, whither

goest thou?  Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?

        -- Jack Kerouac


Whatever doesn't succeed in two months and a half in California will

never succeed.

        -- Rev. Henry Durant, founder of the University of California


When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.

        -- Samuel Johnson


When does summertime come to Minnesota, you ask?  Well, last year, I

think it was a Tuesday.


When I first arrived in this country I had only fifteen cents in my pocket

and a willingness to compromise.

        -- Weber cartoon caption


When I saw a sign on the freeway that said, "Los Angeles 445 miles," I said

to myself, "I've got to get out of this lane."

        -- Franklyn Ajaye


When you become used to never being alone, you may consider yourself



Would the last person to leave Michigan please turn out the lights?


Yawd [noun, Bostonese]:  the campus of Have Id.

        -- Webster's Unafraid Dictionary


Yes, I've now got this nice little apartment in New York, one of those

L-shaped ones.  Unfortunately, it's a lower case l.

        -- Rita Rudner


You always have the option of pitching baseballs at empty spray paint cans

in a cul-de-sac in a Cleveland suburb.


You don't move to Edina, you achieve Edina.

        -- Guindon


You know you're in a small town when...

    You don't use turn signals because everybody knows where you're going.

    You're born on June 13 and your family receives gifts from the local

        merchants because you're the first baby of the year.

    Everyone knows whose credit is good, and whose wife isn't.

    You speak to each dog you pass, by name... and he wags his tail.

    You dial the wrong number, and talk for 15 minutes anyway.

    You write a check on the wrong bank and it covers you anyway.



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