Quotable #81: Advertising

“Advertising is usually a trick to get you to spend money by telling you how much you can save. An advertisement is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.” — Fred Allen “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you’re doing but she doesn’t.” — Thos. B. […]

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Checks Written in Blood

Charles K. Feldman (left) and Alexander Korda (right) Film producer Charles K. Feldman (1905 – 1968) related this story: I lost at gin rummy with Alexander Korda one evening, and mailed him a check next day. It was written in red ink, and accompanied by this note: “Dear Alex: You will see that this check is written in […]

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The Truth of 12-Hour Shifts as A UK Nurse: The Pros and Cons

This is a guest post by Catherine Stewart. When people hear of a nurse’s 12-hour shift that only takes up 3 days of their work week, they respond with surprise and envy at the flexibility of a nurse’s schedule. The truth about 12-hour shifts as a nurse is that they’re no easy task. If you’re […]

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Pun of the Weak: It’s Logical

Here’s a classic one: Two ladies argue with one another every day from their windows, across an intervening lane. They never agreed, which was to be expected of course, for they argued from different premises!

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Test Your Pronunciation Skills with This “Announcer’s Test”

WQXR, a New York radio station, used to give an “Announcer’s Test” that goes like this: The old man with the flaccid face and dour expression grimaced when asked if he were conversant with zoology, mineralogy, or the culinary arts. ‘Not to be secretive,’ he said, ‘I may tell you that I’d given precedence to […]

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A Very Easy Number Sequence Puzzle (If You Figured It Out)

What is the next term in the following sequence? 7, 8, 5, 5, 3, 4, 4, ? Solution This type of puzzle is extremely easy once you found out the pattern involved. However, it can be frustrating to solve for some people. To know the next digit, you must first figure out the underlying pattern […]

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E. E. Cummings’ “Anti-Acknowledgement”

In 1935, American poet E. E. Cummings (more popularly written as e. e. cummings) was supposed to publish a book called 70 Poems. Unfortunately, all of the fourteen publishing houses he reached out for turned him down. He had to borrow money from his mother in order to publish his book. Cummings self-published the book and […]

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“The Wind and the Moon”

Image: DeviantArt Said the Wind to the Moon: “I will blow you out; You stare In the air Like a ghost in a chair, Always looking what I am about I hate to be watched; I’ll blow you out.” The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon. So, deep On a heap Of clouds […]

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Weekly Song Challenge

Laura Venturini of Lavent69 tagged me to participate in Weekly Song Challenge. Here are the rules of the challenge: Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post. Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions. Tag two people to participate! 1. Post a video of a comedy song […]

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An Interesting Advertisement for a Printing Press (Which Also Inspired a Parody)

Hoe Double Octuple Newspaper Press — 1903 Model The July 1911 issue of Munsey’s Magazine ran an advertisement for a printing press by R. Hoe & Co., a printing press manufacturer. Instead of writing a usual product spiel, the company opted to turn the ad into a creative writing exercise: I am the printing press, […]

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