What on Earth??

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 18 01:03:55 UTC 2011

No soap, radio.

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>> Reminds me of those old papers by Georgia Green and/or Jerry Morgan that begin with a sentence that sounds like word salad out of context
> That reminds me of something that I heard recited by white
> barracksmates when I was at the Army Language School, back in '60. It
> went something like;
> Q. "Why a duck?'
> A. "Because the moon."
> There was a string of such nonsensical question/answer pairs. IIRC,
> this - or something like it - was said to have originated with
> Groucho.
> A quick check with W:pedia shows this to be fact. So, perhaps,
> everybody but me is more than familiar with this bit. As was the case
> with a Cosby Show spinoff, "it's a different world."
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> -Wilson
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> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
> to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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