UBC graffiti (1969)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Oct 17 03:06:02 UTC 2005

"The Long-Fong-Spong Hong Kong Ping Pong Ding Dong."

Ah, the tintinnabulation of the bells !  What silliness their ring-a-ding compels !


"James A. Landau" <JJJRLandau at AOL.COM> wrote:
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In a message dated Sat, 15 Oct 2005 05:43:08 -0700, Jonathan Lighter
_wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM_ (mailto:wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM) asks

>Has anyone heard any *new* book-author jokes ? (_The Da Vinci Code_
doesn't count.)

The Cream of the Russian Army (or "The Cream of our Muscovite Team") by Ivan
Surgery Self-Taught by Lance Boyles

In Congress they play a similar game, matching up supposed sponsors for
legislation, e.g. "The Bible-Church Act". A man whose surname was "Bottom" got
elected to the House, and immediately Senator Norris Cotton offered to
co-sponsor with him the "Cotton-Bottom Act" and not to be outdone Senator George
Aiken proposed the "Aiken-Bottom Act".

Two classics from the Nixon administration:

Senators Russell Long of Louisiana, Hiram Fong of Hawaii, and William (?)
Spong of Virginia (?) teamed up on legislation dealing with record piracy in the
Far East:
the Long-Fong-Spong Hong Kong Song Act

(WARNING: you are showing your age if you understand the following)
The same three Senators were also responsible for a bill mandating that all
church bells in the Far East be rung in honor of the victory of the US Table
Tennis team:

Aside to Wilson Gray: being of African ancestry, you are of course familiar
with a large "gray" animal with tails on both ends, the subject of so many
irrelevant jokes.

- Jim Landau

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