Fun with phrases: "Ripped from today's headlines"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 12 17:32:08 UTC 2013

On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 8:17 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> 1936 _Pampa [Tex.] Daily News_  (Sept. 20) 14: Ripped Red Hot From Today's
> 1937 _Daily Journal-World_ (Lawrence, Kans.) (March 31) 3: Drama Ripped
> From Today's Headlines! ...a thundering drama of a man's power against a
> woman's burning hate.  Edward Arnold and Francine Larrimore in "John
> Meade's Woman."
> And regularly since then.
> JL
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> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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I don't get it. Isn't that the way that it's supposed to be? I've
always thought that "ripped from tomorrow's headlines" and Law &
Order's "ripped from yesterday's headlines" - only with the advent of
L&W did it occur to me that the latter was a possibility - were the

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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