OT: Youneverknow. Was "Maxim"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 10 16:33:14 UTC 2010

Back in the '70's, I once commented to a roommate (Ivan. Y'all know
'im, Larry and Mark, dont'cha?), "Figures don't lie, but liars sure

He was stunned, having never heard before! In fact, he even thought
that I had invented it on the spot! He was all set to go bragging to
friends about his roomie's brilliant gift of gab. Fortunately, I was
able to calm him down, before releasing him back into the wild.

OTOH, if anyone had asked me at that time who had originated it, I
would have guessed, "Mark Twain."

OT: According to the local broadshhe, when IKEA first came into the
States, they were amazed by an unexpected surge in sales of vases. It
turns out that larger-than-life Americans were buying them for use as
drinking glasses.

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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