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Nearly everyone knows that Judith Martin, better known as
Miss Manners, the syndicated columnist, is exceedingly correct.
Last week, she saw an advertisement in the newspaper that a
Maryland jewelry store was having a sale in her silver pattern.
Upon arriving at the store, she told the jeweler she was
looking for additional dessert spoons in her pattern and had
been making do with the larger soup spoons.
"That's not much of a hardship," the employee said. "It is
for me," Martin responded. Caught up in the moment, the
saleswoman joked, "Who do you think you are, Miss Manners?"
The easily recognizable Miss Manners looked at the woman,
unable to respond. And then it registered. "Oh my God!"
the saleswoman said.
from the Jan 26 San Jose Mercury News
Los Angeles entrepreneur, Poor Innocent Guy David Morgan,
52, opened a new business called Anger Behind Closed Doors.
Clients pay $10 a session to enter a padded room where they
can vent their pent-up hostility by attacking a green dummy.
"How many times do you want to choke someone because they
really deserved it? And, of course, you can't do it?"
Morgan told the Los Angeles Times. "But here you can do,
say, feel what you want."
After acting on their anger, clients unwind in the 15,000-
square-foot facility's "thought and relaxation area," which
comprises four private booths where they can listen to
Already the SLOTHS are organizing an effort to close Anger
Behind closed Doors. One SLOTHS spokeswomen said, "When I
yell at my husband or double-bind him, I want him to suffer.
He has no right to go off to this place and vent his
frustrations so he can feel good."
A Contender for the Darwin Awards
(Courtesy of the Japan Times -April 16, 1997)
"The government must crack down on this disgusting craze of Pumping", a
spokesman for the Nakhon Ratchasima hospital told reporters. "If this
perversion catches on, it will destroy the cream of Thailand's manhood."
He was speaking after the remains of 13 year-old Charnchai Puanmuangpak
had been rushed into the hospital's emergency room. "Most 'Pumpers' use a
standard bicycle pump," he explained, inserting the nozzle far up their
rectum, giving themselves a rush of air, creating a momentary high. This
act is a sin against God."
Charnchai took it further still. He started using a two-cylinder foot
pump, but even that wasn't exciting enough for him, and he boasted to
friends that he was going to try the compressed air hose at a nearby
gasoline station. They dared him to do it so, under cover of darkness, he
snuck in. Not realizing how powerful the machine was, he inserted the tube
deep into his rectum, and placed a coin in the slot. As a result, he died
virtually instantly, but passers by are still in shock. One woman thought
she was watching a twilight firework display, and started clapping.
"We still haven't located all of him.", say the police authorities. "When
that quantity of air interacted with the gas in his system, he nearly
exploded. It was like an atom bomb went off or something."
"Pumping is the devil's pastime, and we must all say no to satan," the
spokesman for the Nakhon Ratchasima hospital concluded. "Inflate your
tires by all means, but then hide your bicycle pump where it cannot tempt
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