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Sign outside a church in New York City :
Do Not Be Deceived
By Rev. Arthur McConnel
From the "Say What?" file -- true story: I'm taking two classes
this semester, one of which is Public Policy. Our professor is an
adjunct; nice lady, tries too hard. Anyway, a few weeks ago,
we're covering a chapter on environmental politics, and she casts
an overhead with facts and figures on some of the more powerful
environmental lobbying groups. Among them is the Audubon Society.
If you do not know what the Audubon Society is, then stop reading.
So one of the students asks, "What is the Audubon Society?"
(Bird watchers, if you ignored my previous instructions.) To
which the professor replies:
"I don't know, I think it's a group to protect that road in Germany."
It hits me like a spear. "She did not just say that, did she?" I think
to myself. I look up -- and she's serious.
"That's Auto-BAHN, not Audubon!" I reply, only to be drowned out by the
chorus of students in the back who are either laughing or yelling,
"What?" she says.
I reply, "It's a group organized for the protection of birds."
She stays silent for a moment, then responds, "Well, what kind of bird
is an audubon, is it a spotted owl or something?"
One of my friends was dating a blonde girl that wasn't too bright to say
the least. Often she would come up with the most stupid comments that
at first got us all laughing, but after a while also became a bit
annoying to some. One day we were sitting in a pool hall talking. The
blonde participated in the discussion, and when she came up with an even
for unusually stupid comment one of my friends couldn't take it anymore.
So he said to her "You must have vacuum in your head". This upset her.
She looked at him for a couple of seconds and replied, "At least it's
better than nothing".
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