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Sunday, November 18,2012
Wise Up!

Advertising

By David Bruce
In many ways, Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was a lucky man. In the 1920s, he created a cartoon for the humor magazine Judge. The cartoon showed a knight in armor lying in bed while a ferocious dragon hovered above him.
Sunday, November 11,2012
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Language

By David Bruce
Bob Newhart is known for his comic delivery, which is deadpan, frequently slow, and occasionally stuttering. Once, a director tried to make him speed up his delivery, but Mr. Newhart told him, "This stutter built me a house in Bel-Air.
Sunday, November 4,2012
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Mothers

By David Bruce
Terry Colangelo had been told that a good reporter knew what was going on and so he or she needed to read lots of newspapers thoroughly. She followed this advice, and she read this in the classifieds ad section of a newspaper: "$5,000 Reward for killers of Officer Lundy on Dec. 9, 1932."
Sunday, October 28,2012
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George W. Bush

By David Bruce
The last time Erik Henrikson, critic for The Portland Mercury, thought that MAD Magazine was funny was when he was 12 years old — that is, until George W. Bush, whose incompetence was a boon to all satirists, became president of the United States.
Sunday, October 21,2012
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Wise Up

By David Bruce
In response to a series of suicides by gay youths who were victims of anti-gay bullying, many people, famous and non-famous, posted videos on YouTube that bore the message "It Will Get Better." Among these people was President Barack Obama.
Sunday, October 14,2012
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Wise Up

Frank Rodney, a British theatrical romantic lead in the late 19th century, was very attached to a dirty tweed cap and an old coat. This upset actress Constance Benson, so she warned him that if he ever again appeared in public wearing those articles of clothing, she would fix them so that not even he would wear them.
Sunday, October 7,2012
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Death

By David Bruce
The father of Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame never took money from him, although by all accounts Penn and Teller have done rather well financially — and artistically. When Penn and his father went out to eat, his father paid.
Sunday, September 30,2012
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Comedians

By David Bruce
• Ray Romano was happy when his TV sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" premiered. His wife, Anna, was in New York, and Ray was in Los Angeles. Ray decided to celebrate with a friend named Kevin James in Las Vegas, and he telephoned Anna to tell her, "Hey, my show aired last night.
Sunday, September 23,2012
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Mothers

By David Bruce
As everyone knows, mothers are important…
Sunday, September 16,2012
Wise Up!

Children

By David Bruce
M. Alice LeGrow is a creative person who has done many creative things, including the multi-volume gothic graphic novel series "Bizenghast." To get money to eat, she works as a party princess. She dresses up in princess dresses and wigs and goes to little-girl parties.
 
 
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