The toothpaste vice

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 29 19:06:06 UTC 2014

On Jun 29, 2014, at 10:24 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> Mr. Boffo, by Joe Martin, Friday, June 27, 2014.
> The often-seen slovenly, unaware male character is forcefully twisting a lever to tighten a clamp, attached to his bathroom sink, that holds in its jaws a nearly empty tube of toothpaste.  His other hand holds a toothbrush near the top of the tube.  He mutters:
> "Anyone without a toothpaste vice is just plain throwing money away!"
> A common error, I'm sure.  But it made me try to visualize just what mortal sin a man could commit with, or upon, a tube of toothpaste.
Well, they say you can't get the toothpaste back into the tube, but they don't say what the penalties are--either to body or soul (or, if the latter, whether mortal or venial)--against the attempt to do so.  


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