There used to be a blog called Execution of the day. It is still available, but last put up material in September of 2011. The next to last post is about Troy Davis, who met his maker about that time. The last post is about the last words of those about to die, some of which are funny. EOTD published a feature in 2009, about an economical Englishman named John Christie, that was adapted for use here. It is recycled today. Pictures by “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
Electric Chair “I’d rather be fishing” Jimmy L. Glass 12 June 1987
“How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries’!” James French 10 August 1966
“Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.” George Appel 9 August 1928
Firing Squad “Why, yes, a bulletproof vest.” Domonic Willard
“Take a step forward lads – it’ll be easier that way.” Robert Erskine Childers 24 November 1922
Poisoning “You guys doin’ that right?” Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams 13 December 2005
Hanging “Please don’t let me fall.” Mary Surratt 7 July 1865
“Is it safe?” William Palmer 14 June 1865.
“I’ll be in Hell before you start breakfast! Let her rip!” Tom ‘Black Jack’ Ketchum’s 26 April 1901.
“Hurry up. I’d like to be in hell in time for dinner.” Edward H. Ruloff 18 May 1871
“If anyone has a message for the Devil, give it to me – I’ll deliver it!” Lavinia Fisher February 18, 1820.
Baked Goods “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Je ne l’ai pas fait expres” Translation: Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose. Stepping on the toes of her executioner should have been the least of Marie Antoinette’s worries on 16 October 1793.
While eating breakfast, PG perused something called “execution of the day“. On July 15, 1953, John Christie was hung in England. He was 54. Chamblee 54, who is 55, sees a pattern. The original source says it all better: “Albert Pierrepoint was given the job of dispatching him, so Christie was hanged at Pentonville Prison on this day in 1953, aged 54.”
Mr. Christie lived at 10 Rillington Place, which was the title of a movie about his exploits. He was in the habit of murdering people and hiding the bodies in the house. He also had two middle names…his full handle was John Reginald Halliday Christie. He married a girl named Ethel Waddington. Do you have any trouble believing he was British?
The first known murder was in 1943. There was a war going on, and killing was quite the fashion. Mr. Christie had a girlfriend named Ruth Fuerst. She did not survive a nooner. In his eventual confession, Mr. Christie said “‘I left her there in the bedroom. After that I believe I had a cup of tea and went to bed”. … “The second was in 1944 – a neighbour, who was convinced he was a doctor. He didn’t persuade her otherwise and the 32-year-old was gullible enough to listen when he told her to inhale some gas scented with friars’ balsam. The carbon monoxide rendered her virtually unconscious enabling Christie to have his way with her. As with Fuerst, he strangled her either before or during the rape. You may be wondering what he did with these two bodies…he buried them both in the garden and in one report he may even have used one of their leg bones to support fencing.”
Things were quiet for a while…well not really, there was this family of three…but things were relatively quiet until 1952. At that time Ethel Christie met her maker, with the help of her husband. He wondered what to do with the body, until he saw loose floorboards in the living room.
Within a few weeks, more women passed away, with his assistance, and were stored in various parts of the house. John Christie moved out of 10 Rillington Place. The new tenants complained about the aroma, and before long John Christie had a noose around his neck.
It is a familiar sight at track meets. Runners rushing towards the finish line, trying to be the first one across. As per USATF rule 163: “Competitors shall be placed at the finish in the order in which any part of their bodies (i.e. the “torso.” as distinguished from the head, neck, arms, hands, legs, or feet) reaches the finish line.” HT to the Useless Information Podcast.
LONDON (AP) June 18, 1970 – Girl athletes who break the finishing tape with padded bras — known as falsies — were given a stern warning today by the women’s Amateur Athletic Association. The association said it was taking measures to end this front running by girls with boosted bras. “We want to be sure that the real girls, not the padded ones, win in any tight finish,” said Marea Hartman. the secretary of the association. Miss Hartman said she will be in the dressing rooms at London’s Crystal Palace Stadium Friday, and Saturday, to make sure the ruling is kept in the association’s annual championships. “We-think it is high time that builtup curves are ruled out of international women’s racing. “By making a start in our own championships we hope to give a lead for an international ban to include the Olympic Games,” she said. “Some of our flatchested girls have not been too pleased with some of the photofinish decisions which have gone against them.”
In 2008, a blogger started a series, 101 Ways to Say “Died”. It focused on epitaphs from New England cemeteries. Most of the headstones used were carved before 1825. The series has gone past 101, and is up to 118 now. If you look at the site, you see links to the individual parts. That is the number before the epitaph. Some have been skipped. The VPI site has photographs of many of the headstones used here. HT to Twenty Two Words. Pictures by chamblee54. Parts one and two have been published.
56 CAPT. THOMAS GREEN HULL BORN AUG. 17, 1832. LEFT NEW YORK FOR BALTIMORE DEC. 21, 1864, AND ON DEC. 30, 1864, WAS FOUND LASHED TO THE MAST OF HIS SUNKEN AND ILL-FATED VESSEL AGED 32 YEARS, 4 MONTHS AND 4 DAYS.
57 The human form respected for its honesty and known 53 years by the appellation CHRISTOPHER ELLERY began to dissolve in the month of February 1789.
58 To the Memory of MRS. FREELOVE BALL, wife of Elijah Ball, & daughter of Jonathan Mitchell of Block Island. She died April 18, 1836, from stabs inflicted with a knife, in her 44th year. The Mother of nine children who all lived to deplore the loss of so excellent a Mother. Oh! tis a trying thing to be bereft of life By the vile hand of him who called her wife And those who read may thus infer from hence That this rash act sprung from Intemperance!
59 Brevet Capt. JABEZ B. BLANDING, 21st Regt. Veteran Res. Corps. After serving with distinguished courage in the U.S. Army from the commencement to the close of the Civil War, he was basely assassinated while in the discharge of his Military duties at Grenada Mississippi,
April 30, 1866, in his 25th year.
60 Here Lies the Body of YARROW an African who after a Life of strict Integrity Resigned his Soul to GOD April 7, 1786 aged Aged about 60 Years
61 Mr. BENJAMIN GOODWIN after he had served his own generation, by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers” March 3, 1822, AEt. 77 “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace.”
62 “Men drop so fast, ‘ere life’s mid stage we tread Few know so many friends alive as dead.” This monumental stone is Erected in memory of Mr. SAMUEL JONES Jr who made his exit Nov. 6 1806 aged 36 years. His virtues were too many to be enumerated here; but they gained him the love of all who knew him and are too deeply engraved on their memories to be forgotten. Early he departed this life; and has gone as we trust to the bosom of his Heavenly Father.
63 ERECTED in memory of JOSEPH CHURCHILL, who Sail’d from Boston Nov, 1836, in the Brig Plymouth Rock of Plymouth, Bound to Rochelle in France, and supposed Foundered at Sea aged 54 years. Also his Children JOSEPH LEWIS, died at sea on board the Brig Androscoggin of Portland Aug. 1842, aged 37 yrs. MARCIA GOODWIN, died May 2, 1839, aged 22 yrs.
64 In memory of CAESAR Here lies the best of slaves Now turning into dust: Caesar the Ethiopian craves A place among the just. His faithful soul has fled To realms of heavenly light, And by the blood that Jesus shed is changed from Black to White.
Jan 15 he quitted the stage in the 77th year of his age. 1780
65 ABIGAIL Widow of Capt. John Virgin whose earth life closed, Feb. 13, 1880, Aged 87 y’rs 7 mo’s. 16 days Blessed are the pure in heart.
66 In Memory of Doctor HERBERT MANN who with 119 sailors with Captn. James Magee Master went on board the Brigg General Arnold in Boston harbour Decr. 25th 1778 hoisted sail and made for the sea, & were immediately overtaken by the most tremendous snow storm with cold that was ever known in the memory of man, & unhappily parted their Cable in Plymouth harbour in a place call’d the cow-yard & he with about 100 others were frozen to Death, 66 of which were buried in one Grave.
He was in the 21st Year of his age. And now LORD GOD Almighty just & true are all thy ways, but who can stand before thy cold?
67 In Memory of Capt. Eleazer Cary Altho his Yousfulness in Church & State Yet he was Called to Close his Eyes on Mortal things & went with Unshaken Faith in to ye Unsean world on ye 28th of July 1754 in ye 70th Year of his Age In him did two Great worthys shine Wisdom & Justice met So Kind
68 The Memory of Mrs. Hannah williams Daugher of ye Revd Mr. Eleazer & Mrs. Mary Williams Who after A patient Enduring of a Lingring Sickness and Experience of the divine power and Grace Chearfully Resigned her Spret Into the hand of jesus in hops of the promise of Eternal Life on the 18th of Novemr. 1749 in ye 27 Year of her Age.
69 HERE RESTS ye BODY OF MR. EDMUND ANGIER MERCHANT WHO LEFT HIS EARTHLY & ENTRED INTO HIS HEAUENLY HOUSE ye 4th OF MARCH 1692 AETATIS SUAE 80 THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED
70 Sacred to the Memory of Miss. ANN POWER, Daugh. of Nicholas Power, Esq. She was born Feb. 10th, 1738 and after exhibiting a long Life of sincere affection & unaffected piety, departed this transitory state of existence for a never ending eternity, on the 21st of April In the 76th Year of her Age.
71 Here lies inter’d the body of Miss. Hannah Symmes eldest Daughter of Mr. Isaac & Mrs. Hannah Symmes who at the early period of 28 years after being long exercis’d with bodily pain with christian fortitude yielded her spirit to its benevolent Author. Born Jany. 30. 1766. Died May 27. 1794.
72 Memoriae Sacrum of Mr. Simeon Smith who was lost on look-out shoals Lat. 34. Lon 77. Feb. 3rd 1818 AEt. 21 Ys. 3 Ms. The dear & lovely youth, In peaceful silence lies, His soul we trust has fled, To joys beyond the skies. Why when for him we mourn, Or call him from that rest, Where peace and love doth reign, With Christ forever blest. E. D. Winslow Brewster
73 Underneath are the Remains of Sarah Linkorn, Born April 12, 1743. New Born, March 18, 1764 changed this for a better Life March 5 1779
74 The once well respect’d Mr DANIEL BOOTH Here rested from the hurry of Life the 8th April AD 1777 aged LXXIII Could a virtuous, honest, & amiable Character, Could Blessings of the Poor echoing from his Gate, Could ye sympathetick Grief of an aged Partner or the softning Tears of a numerous offspring Disarm The King of Terrors He had not died. What is Life, to answer lifes great Aim. From Earths low prison, from this vale of Tears With age incumbered & oppress’d with years Death Set Him free, his Christ had made his Peace Let pious Sorrow cease.
A gentleman named Wil Wheaton has declared his birthday, July 29, to be Don’t Be A Dick Day. PG has mixed feelings about this. The notion of being kinder to your neighbor is laudable. The problem lies in the connection of rudeness to the male reproductive organ.
The concept of using body part names for insults is peculiar. It is almost always organs involved in excretion or reproduction. If it wasn’t for these two functions, nobody would be here. If you did happen to pull a Jesus, and be born without parental intercourse, you would be uncomfortable without urination and defecation. (Google “did Jesus use the bathroom” and see the debates.)
July 29 has been deemed DBADD. (Spell check suggestion: BAD) It turns out that one person already took this advice to heart. In 1857, a Scottish minister, scientist, and writer named Thomas Dick went the way of all mortal flesh. Other departures on July 29 include Pope Urban II (1099), Wolfgang Mozart (1844), and Vincent van Gogh (1890). Births on this day include Benito Mussolini (1883), Theda Bara (1885), and Clara Bow (1905). Pictures are from The Library of Congress.
It is a form of word play without a name. Like anagrams, it involves recycling letters. The idea is to take a group of consonants, and see how many vowels you can plug in. Some groups work with all five vowels. The words then band into a five member band of brothers, connected by a vowel movement. Bee space enn dee is such a combination. It produces band, bend, bind, bond, and bund.
Band is a musical group, a wedding band, or, in today’s trifecta challenge, an occasion for unity. Bend is a curve in the road. It can be a noun, or a verb. The same is true for bind and bond, except that sometimes a bond pays interest.
Bund is the only foreigner in the bunch. In German, Bund is a political group. In Hindi, a bund is “1. An embankment or dike, 2. A street running along a harbor or waterway.”
Bee is a versatile consonant. The combination of bee space enn (ban, Ben, bin, bon, bun) works. The same is true for bee space dee (bad, bed, bid, bod, bud). Pictures toady are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
The other day there was a post here on the dotty subject of Dorothy Parker quotes. The departed dipsomaniac would seem to be a quote magnet.
One quote, that appears to be genuine, is about another quote magnet, Oscar Wilde. “A Pig’s-Eye View of Literature: Oscar Wilde If with the literate I am Impelled to try an epigram, I never seek to take the credit; We all assume that Oscar said it.” (First printed in Life, (2 June 1927) p. 13 When you can give a source for a quote, the chances of it’s legitimacy go up tremendously.)
The original plan for this post was to do a wikiquotes search of the quotes in this post. This concept very quickly turned out to be too much work. The first paragraph of the original post has a clue.
PG first heard of Dorothy Parker in tenth grade. His friend, Bob Gibson, cut the poem Resume out of the literature text book, and carried it in his wallet. Mrs. Parker had been dead for two years at the time, with the ashes resting in her attorney’s filing cabinet. … there was another comment : Re “The Cardinal’s Mistress” by Benito Mussolini, Dorothy Parker wrote one of my favorite bon mots: “This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
In the post the other day, it was discovered that the poem about W.R. Hearst was written by someone else. Which brings us to “The Cardinal”s Mistress”. Yes, that was written by Hitler’s BFF, Benito Mussolini. When he wasn’t making the trains run on time, he wrote a sappy novel. And the comment by Miss Parker is great. But did she really say it?
A blogspot facility called Heavens to Mergatroyd has the text from a New Yorker review of TCM. It is a delightful read. However, the landmark quote is not there. The spell check suggestion for mergatroyd is derogatory.
Wikiquotes calls the comment “misattributed”. “Quoted in The Algonquin Wits (1968) edited by Robert E. Drennan, and Try and Stop Me. As noted at Snopes, Drennan’s source seems to be a Parker review which does not seem to contain this quote. If Parker wrote this statement anywhere the primary source seems to have gone missing.”
Try and Stop Me is a newspaper column by Bennett Cerf. The link is to The Dispatch, Lexington N.C., October 12, 1962. Next to the column is The Dispatch Religious Activities, Directory of Churches. The pastor of First Baptist is David Hoke Coon, Jr.
While preparing this commentary, an effort was made to find the text for “Resume”. It is a bona fide quote, first printed in New York World August 16, 1925. While looking for the text, Google suggested a search for “resume dorothy parker analysis.” One result was sponsored by a politician, Michelle Nunn. Another had this to say. “We know that we’re being a bit obvious here. But check it out: almost every single line in this poem offers an idea for a different way to die. When it comes to wordplay, Parker’s not messi…” Maybe she meant to say messy.
Pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
It is summertime. The Braves, and the Dodgers, are leading divisions. Players are getting in trouble over using steroids. The living is easy. It is time for a summer baseball repost.
Barry Bonds was about to break the lifetime record for home runs. Folks said the record was tainted because of steroid use, and because Mr. Bonds was not a nice man. There were calls for an asterisk in the record book. This was odd to PG, who was in Georgia when Hank Aaron broke the home run record in 1974. Back then, the line was that Babe Ruth had fewer at bats than Mr. Aaron. A lot of hateful things were said about Mr. Aaron before home run 714.
PG decided to take a look at the metrics, and see what he saw. This post is the result. As a bonus to the reader(s), Joe Torre and Hank Aaron gets a summer rerun. It is based on a column by Furman Bisher, who went to the press box in the sky March 18, 2012. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. .
There is a certain controversy these days about the eminent breaking of the lifetime home run record. Currently held by Hank Aaron, the record is threatened by Barry Bonds. Before Mr. Aaron held the title, Babe Ruth was the owner.
Controversy about the lifetime home run record is nothing new. In 1974, when Hank Aaron was about to break the record, the admirers of Babe Ruth said that Mr. Ruth had fewer at bats than Mr. Aaron did. Many attributed this criticism to racism, with a black man besting a white man’s record. The current controversy is two fold. There are allegations that Mr. Bonds took steroids to make him stronger, and that he “cheated”. There are also some concerns about the overall personality of Mr. Bonds.
PG does not think steroid use is a big deal. Ballplayers are abusing their bodies to perform, and if they take the risk of using steroids, that is their business. Many people disagree.
A good question to ask is, would Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron have used steroids if they had the chance? Mr. Ruth was a wildman, who drank during prohibition, and was known for undisciplined behavior. Mr. Aaron played in an era where steroid use was not as common as it is today. The answer to the first question is (Mr. Ruth) probably and (Mr. Aaron) who knows.
While you are keeping hypocrisy statistics, Mr. Aaron and Mr. Bonds played on television, where beer commercials were constant. While alcohol is legal, it is a very damaging drug. Any ballplayer who plays on television promotes its use. This is both steroid users, and non users.
As for personalities, there is the widely circulated story about the college team that Mr. Bonds played on voting 22-3 to kick him off the team. At the very least, he does not charm sportswriters.
In 1917, Babe Ruth was suspended for hitting an umpire. He was known for his outlandish behavior throughout his career. It should also be noted that he played in an era when the press did not scrutinize the behavior of players as much as they do today. How would today’s media treat Babe Ruth?
PG once heard a radio show caller say that Hank Aaron was a mean racist, who would just as soon cut your throat as look at you. He had never heard this said out loud before, but had heard hints about Mr. Aaron’s personality over the years. People, in any field, who achieve great things are not always friendly.
Mr. Aaron is the only one of the three that PG met, however briefly. In July of 1965, the Milwaukee Braves came to Atlanta to play an exhibition game in Atlanta Stadium. After the game, PG was allowed to wait outside the clubhouse, to get autographs from the players as they left. Joe Torre saw the crowd, hid behind a truck, and made a quick getaway. Hank Aaron came out, patiently signing every autograph, while smoking a cigarette.
The fact is, all three men played in different eras. Babe Ruth never played at night, never flew to California, and only played against white players…many of the most talented players of his era were in the Negro League. Hank Aaron played before free agency, interleague play, the DH, and widespread use of steroids. The only way to determine who is the home run champion is to count how many homers are hit, and award the prize to the man who hits the most.
Which of the three made the most money? Barry Bonds, by a wide margin. He played in the free agent era. Babe Ruth had the best line about his salary. In 1930 Ruth was asked by a reporter what he thought of his yearly salary of $80,000 being more than President Hoover’s $75,000. He replied ” yea, but I had a better year than he did.”
Who played on the most teams to win a World Series? Babe Ruth 7, Hank Aaron 1, Barry Bonds 0.
The career of Babe Ruth was a long time ago. He made a greater impact on America that the other two combined. He was one of the first sports superstars, as America emerged from the carnage of World War One. Mr. Ruth broke the single season home run record, he hit 29 homers. The next year, he hit 54. There is a possibility of a livelier baseball.
Babe Ruth captured the imagination of America like few personalities ever have. Playing in New York (which dominated the press) did not hurt. He was a man of his times…it is unlikely than anyone could have that kind of impact on today’s superstar saturated America. While his record has been broken, his place in the history of baseball is the same.
Furman Bisher has a piece at the fishwrapper site about Joe Torre . The punch line is that Mr. Torre “grew up” when the Braves traded him to St. Louis. PG was a kid when this was going on, and did not hear a lot of what went on.
In 1965, the Braves played a lame duck year in Milwaukee before moving to Atlanta. One night, there was an exhibition game at Atlanta Stadium, the Braves against the Yankees. PG got his oh so patient dad to take him to the clubhouse after the game, to get autographs. In those days, you could go into the bowels of the stadium and wait outside the locker room. Hank Aaron came out and signed dozens of autographs while smoking a cigarette. Joe Torre came out, hid behind a truck, and took off running.
Mr. Torre was a raccoon eyed catcher for the Braves. In the first regular season game in 1966, he hit two home runs, in a thirteen inning loss. Soon, the novelty of big league baseball in a toilet shaped stadium wore off. Mr. Torre got at least one DUI, and a reputation as a barroom brawler. He was traded to St. Louis in 1968. Mr. Torre hit .373, and won the national league MVP in 1971.
The comments to the feature by Furman Bisher were interesting. Cecil 34 contributes “The reason that Torre was traded is because on the team’s charter flight back to Atlanta back in 68, a drunken Torre got into a fistfight with Aaron. Aaron popped off to Torre, and thus the fight was on, broken up by the other players. Since Aaron was the face of the franchise at the time, Torre was traded. There had been bad blood between them for years before this incident anyway. Reasons vary. But the final nail in the coffin was this fistfight. I was told Torre could pack a punch and Aaron came out on the worse end of it.”
There has been whispering for years about Hank Aaron and his attitude. Furman Bisher made hints once or twice, but there was never anything of substance. It seems that Mr. Aaron does not lack for self confidence. Mr. Aaron was the subject of much racially based abuse while chasing the home run record in 1973, and some anger is justified.
Hank Aaron was known to not get along with Rico Carty. Mr. Carty is a dark skinned man from the Dominican Republic, who was popular with fans. Mr. Carty was eventually traded. Rico Carty had a barbeque restaurant on Peachtree Road in Chamblee, next door to the Park and Shop.
Joe Torre was the manager of the Braves in the early eighties. The team won a divisional title in 1982, but lost the NLCS. This was after Ted Turner bought the team. Mr. Turner fired Mr. Torre in 1984.
Getting back to the comment thread, Misterwax contributes “Turner cut Joe Torre loose because Ted was in love with Henry Aaron and Aaron thought Joe Torre was a white supremacist….A hangover from the clubhouse days when they were teammates…still does today. And THAT is the only reason he was cut….beause Hank Aaron said so.”
Hank Aaron was recently quoted on Barry Bonds and Steroids. Joe Torre is managing the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is leading his division. Furman Bisher outlived Bear Bryant by 26 years, and finished his columns “selah”. Mr. Bisher passed away March 18, 2012.
Old people like to talk about things that were better back then. PG is going to talk about some things that are better today. This is a repost.
During the Vietnam war, there was talk about “back our boys in Vietnam”. In the current war in Babylon, the troops are an integrated fighting force of men and women. You do not hear these brave people referred to as “boys”.
A person who goes into combat, to kill or be killed, is not a boy. He is a man, or a woman. This is an improvement over the way things used to be. We still have wars, and have to refer to soldiers as something. Mankind is a work in progress.
A second way society has improved is the attitude towards cigarettes. In older times, almost everyone smoked, and they lit up wherever, and whenever, they wanted. No one asked for permission. Today, people routinely go outside to smoke.
One way in which our attitudes about cigarettes is changing can be seen in the way two presidents are treated by the press. Franklin Roosevelt was never photographed with his leg braces, or struggling to walk. Many people did not know he was crippled. However, his cigarette holder was a part of his image. He was photographed with that constantly. Has ANYONE seen a picture of Barack Obama smoking?
The election of a dark skinned man as POTUS brings us to our final issue of the day, racial (and other) slurs. It is just not considered polite to use insulting terms that refer to race, religion, national origin, etc. etc. (PG got an email at work once cautioning about discussing hair color.) In many ways, this is like the thing with cigarettes…people have not changed the overall attitudes, they just go outside.
Political correctness can be a nuisance. The excesses are well known. However, the basic concept of having concern for the feelings of others is a good idea. Things are different in 2013. Pictures for this discourse are from The Library of Congress.
1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from the algebra class. It was a weapon of math disruption.
5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
6.. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering..
8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie..
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
14. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway.
One hat said to the other, ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head..’
15. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
16. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
17. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital.
When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’
18. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
19. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
20. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
21. A backward poet writes inverse.
22. In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
23. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
24. Don’t join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects.
25. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
26. Stories are in the public duh-main. This is a repost.
It was 5:25 pm. PG had not heard from either person who was supposed to be at his house at 5:30. While muttering things about unreliable people, he started to look at a writing contest. The idea was to write 100 words or less. The challenge was to produce a “a quick, honest and heartfelt response” to an image. The meme is seen below the fold.
The image has a quote. “I hate writing. I love having written. Dorothy Parker.” When PG sees words of wisdom, with a famous name at the end, his impulse is to check it out. When you search the wikiquote page on Miss Parker, and look for hate, love, and writing, you will not see the quote.
There was one item in wikiquotes that made PG laugh. It was in the “Misattributed” section. “Upon my honor, I saw a Madonna. Standing in a niche, Over the door, Of the glamorous whore, Of a prominent son of a bitch.” Said to have been written in the guest-book of Hearst Castle, referring to the room occupied by Hearst’s mistress, Marion Davies. Parker always denied it, pointing out that she would never have rhymed “honor” with “Madonna”.”
When PG saw that quote, he knew that this piece would be longer than 100 words. Inserting quotes into a piece will bloat the word count every time. About this time the phone rang. His friends were in the front yard, being eaten by mosquitoes. PG put on a white shirt, and left.
Later that night, 99
sick well chosen words fell out of the fingers, and into the ether.
The quote is suspect. Wikiquotes does not show it, after a search for love, hate, and written. The image is probably manufactured. The image is a piece of paper, coming out of a vintage manual typewriter. The main text is one size. The author credit is another size. Vintage manual typewriters only produced one size of product. This one size is considerably smaller than either size in this image. The text in this image was produced elsewhere. This rendering of a bogus quote is then pasted onto a blank sheet of paper, seen merging from a vintage manual typewriter.
Pictures by Gwinnett County. The spell check suggestion for misattributed is redistribute.
PG has fewer facebook friends than he used to. This is not the same as having fewer friends in real life. The custom of referring to social media contacts as friends has always seemed a bit peculiar. When someone defriends you, presumably of your opinions (although you can never be sure of this), you have to wonder what the value of having that person as a friend was.
Most of the current umbrage taking appears to be about racism. Since no one seems to say anything directly, it is tough to know what the offending comment was. It is even tougher to see how either the comment, or the defriending, can have any impact on the oppression that people of color face in *2013*.
The most recent exchange went like this. “Does anyone else feel like a fat-positive clothing-optional pool party would be awesome? Or is it just me?” “In a “fat-positive clothing-optional pool party” there would be no judgement and shaming about bodies. This is a good idea. Maybe we could extend this acceptance of our neighbor to include attitudes about race.”
There is a difference between “attitudes about race” and racism. Just because a person does see things the same way as you, that does not make that person a racist. Nobody is saying that racism should be encouraged. It is just that people who are not as virulently anti racist as you should not be shamed for having a differing opinion.
One wonders what difference this is going to make in a struggle against oppression. Is defriending a person going to stop gun violence, or single parent households? Is going off on someone, about a facebook post, going to make New York terminate the stop and frisk program? Is a facebook status picture going to have any impact on economic opportunity? If you answer in the affirmative, please give details in the comments. Pictures from The Library of Congress.