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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , George Washington, , , John Glenn, , , , , , Truman Capote,   

    MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH (and don’t you forget it!) 

    May is OLDER AMERICANS MONTH. I’m pretty sure I qualify as an older American because, as George Washington told me, “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves”….or maybe I’m thinkin’ of Lincoln (incidental details, like who said what, can get a bit hazy at my age). No matter — either way, it proves I’ve been around long enough to establish my bona feces.

    As long as I’m quoting bigwigs I have known or could have known (as the case may be), no doubt you will be interested in other memorable quotes that I remember, most of which admittedly weren’t said to me directly, but which I either overheard, or were whiskered to me in confidence by the quotees under their goatees (or beards, as the face may be):

    Old age is no place for sissies. –Bette Davis (whose facial hair at the time was confined to a mustache, as I recall)

    Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. –Truman Capote

    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. –Jennifer Yane

    If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. — variously attributed to  Eubie Blake, Adolph Zukor and Mae West, among others

    There is no cure for the common birthday. —John Glenn

    You’re only as old as the girl that you feel. –Groucho Marx

    Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. –Chili Davis

    Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. –Anonymous

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. –Anonymous

    So there you have the story of my anonymous existence: just when I’m on a roll, I run flush out of time. C’est la vie. Take it on out, Pops (Louis) and Schnoz (Jimmy):






    • Carmen 1:26 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of toilet paper – I don’t know about you mistermuse, but I’m looking forward to forgetting all the stupid sh*t I’ve done. . . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:29 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mean to spoil your hopes, Carmen, but may you have a long time to wait. 🙂


    • scifihammy 7:19 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      haha I like the quotes – and the fact that you knew George Washington! 😀

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      • mistermuse 8:45 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I not only knew him — we were so close, he admitted to me that he didn’t chop down the cherry tree — it was a SLIPPERY ELM (which is why it took him so long to get a handle on it….not to mention that the handle was missing a blade).

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    • GP Cox 8:15 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Forget what? (just kidding – I think). It’s about time us old folks got an honorable mention around Blogsville!

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    • Don Frankel 12:27 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They give us a whole month? Some of us might not use all of it. But when it comes to time sometimes its the same…

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      • mistermuse 3:40 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, this is for those who “might not use all of it”:

        Note: Billie is backed this time by (among others) jazz legends Lester Young on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, and Teddy Wilson on piano.


    • D. Wallace Peach 8:08 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh goodness. I’m among this crowd. At least the sense of humor remains intact! The quote from Chili Davis is my favorite because it’s 100% true! Keep up the laughter. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I almost didn’t use the Chili Davis quote because initially, I couldn’t decide between it and a similar one by Ogden Nash (“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”). I finally chose the Davis quote because I couldn’t stay undecided indefinitely. 🙂

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    • eths 10:44 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 11:00 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I especially liked the Capote, Yane, Glenn and ‘t.p.’ quotes because they were new to me, whereas the others were familiar.


    • Silver Screenings 9:37 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen this clip with Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante. The both of them have SO MUCH CHARISMA!

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      • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Louis was long past his trumpet-playing prime by the time of that clip, and Jimmy was even older (by 7 years), but they both still had ‘it,’ charisma-wise. Interestingly, Jimmy also started out as a jazzman, playing piano and (in 1916) organizing the Original New Orleans Jazz Band (in New York!).


    • restlessjo 12:58 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All of them true, alas 🙂 🙂 But I won’t let it spoil my weekend.

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      • mistermuse 3:06 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Do you know the definition of “weekend?” It’s the shortest distance between Friday and Monday — so enjoy it before it’s over! 🙂

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    • RMW 12:47 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A little late commenting but my excuse is I was in Brighton, England (my birthplace) celebrating my birthday on this very day. So, as it was a big number birthday this post was very appropriate. Although I’m getting older, life is getting better. I’ve been saving the best for last. However, I do agree with the toilet paper analogy.

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  • mistermuse 10:17 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Francois Sagan, George Washington, , immigration policy, , Pat Paulsen, ,   


    Not that I mind, but you had to ask, didn’t you?

    Well, I’m in the process of reading (as attested by bookmarkers sticking out between pages of various of my volumes), but rare are the books I’ve actually completed lately, despite skipping a post after each of the two used book sale hauls I wrote about on Nov. 30 and Feb. 5.

    Nonetheless, I’ve at least gotten the books out of boxes, sorted by category, and onto newly created shelves or rearranged space on old shelves. I’m tempted to call this accomplishment half the battle, but until I carve out more reading time,  the war will not be won, and the next irresistible book sale could drive me back up the wall (possibly to make more shelves). So, taking advantage of there not being a day 30 in February, I’ll not be posting again until March 5.

    Meanwhile, I suppose there are more important goings on going on in the world than my problems, but that’s not my problem (and, in any case, nothing that Trump can’t fix). But I’ll let others have the last word(s):

    All the problems in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. –Pat Paulsen

    What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s. –Olin Miller

    The world is full of problem children, and most of them are over 21 years old. –Evan Esar

    It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem. –G.K. Chesterton

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt. –Bertrand Russell

    Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. –George Washington

    Men have more problems than women; for one thing, they have to put up with women. –Françoise Sagan

    NOTE: This is being posted a day ahead of schedule due to predicted severe weather in the area tonight with possible outages.

    • Carmen 10:31 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll assume you put that last quote in there tongue in cheek. 🙂 Good ones, though!

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    • mistermuse 11:25 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen, let’s just say I had my tongue in cheek as much as the author of that last quote — a woman! Does that get me off the hook? 🙂

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      • Carmen 11:43 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Now, how did I miss that? Now I see your attraction to her – she shares your sense of humour! . .grin. . .

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        • mistermuse 4:33 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink

          Carmen, just to show that I’m an equal opportunity humorist, here’s a quote by Joseph Conrad: “Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.” 😦

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    • arekhill1 11:30 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Did Russell steal that line from Yeats, or did Yeats crib it from Russell? Or did they both snatch it from some poor, uncredited philosopher? Something to contemplate while you’re weathering the weather.

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      • mistermuse 2:44 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve never seen that line attributed to Yeats, and I don’t think his Butler did it. On the other hand, Russell seldom wrote anything without his Bertrand, but that doesn’t prove anything either. That leaves “some poor, uncredited philosopher” — which sounds like me, which I deny,unless there’s a reward (I might settle for an Award).


    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 11:57 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy a bit of time away, hunker down with one of your bazillion good books, and stay away from books stores and libraries. Reading books would no doubt be at least as satisfying as building shelves for them – and a lot less actual WORK!
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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      • mistermuse 2:57 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That’s what happens when one prays for good looks, and God thought I said “good books.” But at least I’ll be one of the best-read ugly guys in town.


    • scifihammy 12:22 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s sad when there isn’t enough reading time in a day! I do like to finish books, even if it takes a while. Good Luck catching up on your reading – or building more book shelves! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:03 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I may have even more catching up to do if the predicted severe weather spawns a tornado over my house….in which case I’ll be hunkered down in the basement and it’s every book for himself. 🙂

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        • scifihammy 6:09 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink

          Oh dear! I really hope you don’t have a Tornado!

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        • mistermuse 8:13 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink

          Last night’s weather turned out to be less severe than predicted (at least, where I live) — not even an outage, much less a tornado. So it turns out I needn’t have posted a day ahead of schedule, but generous soul that I am, I forgive the weather forecasters. 🙂


    • Don Frankel 1:02 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, at least you’re not like one of these athlete’s whose written more books than they’ve read. One of whom had this priceless little gem the other day while speaking to some young kids he was supposed to inspire. “Girls need to be silent and boys need to be strong.”

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      • mistermuse 4:30 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds good to me, Don! Just kidding — I couldn’t help myself (I must have been inspired). 🙂


    • linnetmoss 7:50 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The Russell quote being my favorite, I looked it up and the straight dope is here: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/03/04/self-doubt/
      But Yeats said something similar in his poem “The Second Coming.”

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    • mistermuse 8:38 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for “the straight dope.” So the (William) Butler (Yeats) did it, or something similar, after all!


    • D. Wallace Peach 12:58 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes. Except you snuck that Sagan one in there. Hey?! The Paulsen one is the best. Thanks for the laugh. Happy Reading 🙂

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    • mistermuse 6:07 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Diana. BTW, I tried to ‘make up’ for the Sagan quote with the Joseph Conrad quote in one of my Feb. 24 comments to Carmen, but apparently it wasn’t enough ‘make up’ to be noticed. 🙂


      • Carmen 6:55 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        • she laughs * She was also sure she had responded to that response. . . Turnabout is fair play, isn’t it? 🙂

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        • mistermuse 9:52 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink

          Carmen, if you’re referring to Diana’s comment, I’m not sure what you mean (and if you’re NOT referring to Diana’s comment. I’m STILL not sure what you mean!). Nonetheless, I agree that Turnabout is fair play (or something close to it):



    • Carmen 6:55 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You’ll notice I said FAIR play. ..ahem . .


    • BroadBlogs 11:19 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Those are some great quotes. Especially like this: “The world is full of problem children, and most of them are over 21 years old.” –Evan Esar

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      • mistermuse 10:03 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps the main reason why Evan Esar’s quote (and the others as well) are great is because they have the ‘engagement’ ring of truth — at least, they engage me that way.


    • inesephoto 4:51 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love Andrea Marsh version. On a serious note, Chesterton is right, and I see it every day in the media. Sometimes it is simply ridiculous how people have no clue but have an opinion and solution. On a lighter note, I love the last one. It is why we girls put up with you guys. We appreciate your hard life 😉

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      • mistermuse 10:36 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that you took time to listen to both clips of “Trouble In Paradise,” and that the Andrea Marsh version amply rewarded your persistence. I think it’s a great song, but one that falls on unappreciative ears of most middle age-and-younger music fans. And I also thank you for appreciating what a hard life we men have in relating with women! 🙂

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    • Mél@nie 2:32 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      ah, merci for the brilliant Françoise Sagan… 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:40 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome. One of Sagan’s quotes is the story of my old age: “The one thing I regret is that I will never have enough time to read all the books I want to read.”

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        • Mél@nie 8:50 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink

          same here, Mr Muse… ’cause if I had another life, I’d spend it on reading in the 4 languages I ‘handle’ and I’d travel the world… 🙂

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    • America On Coffee 9:29 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes RCA Victrola and so post depression and pre WWII. We usa had a big depression 2007/2008. Hmmm (my imagination) an irony of life today, i.e. usa. Thanks for sharing!


  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christopher Marlowe, George Washington, , , , Patrick Henry, , , , , , , ,   


    I have made it a rule that whenever I say something stupid, I immediately attribute it to Dr. Johnson, Marcus Aurelius or Dorothy Parker. –George Mikes, British author

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    Fellow and female Americans: In case you’re not old enough — as I am — to remember the Father of our Country, George Birthington’s washday was February 22nd. OK, I admit that after all these years, I may have a hard time recalling names and certain words correctly, but what does it matter? As Christopher Shakespeare (or was it William Marlowe) famously wrote, a ruse by any other name would smell anyway.

    Anyway, my point is that quotes may frequently get mis-attributed, but Miss Attributed couldn’t care less, so why should we? Well, I’ll tell you why — because we’re righters, that’s why, and we righters deserve credit where credit is dubious. Therefore, with the aid of my busty — I mean, trusty — aide, Miss Quotes, the objective here was to do an extensive investigation into the subjective and dig up our quota of misquotes (our quota being whenever we decided to quit) . You are now about to be the beneficiary of our research, which we bent over backwards to have ready for this post (just to make it a bit more fun, I’ll throw in a few correctly-attributed quotes; can you pick them out of the pack?):

    1. “I cannot tell a lie.” –George Washington
    2. “Give me liberty, or give me death.”  –Patrick Henry  
    3. “The British are brave people. They can face anything except reality.” –George Mikes
    4. “Anybody who hates dogs and children can’t be all bad.” –W.C. Fields
    5. “Our comedies are not to be laughed at.” –Samuel Goldwyn
    6. “I never said most of the things I said.” –Yogi Berra
    7. “Let them eat cake.” –Marie-Antoinette
    8. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.” –Mark Twain
    9. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” –Sherlock Holmes (in the stories of A. Conan Doyle)
    10. “I am the greatest!” –The Donald

    Here are the misattributions:

    1. The quote itself is a lie. An Anglican minister, Mason Locke, ascribed it to our first President in his pietistic biography of Washington as part of the made-up ‘Who chopped down the cherry tree’ story: “I can’t tell a lie, Pa; I did cut it with my hatchet.”
    2. Possibly another biographical fiction, though not as clear-cut as the cherry tree story. Biographer Wm. Wirt based his attribution on the memory of two Henry contemporaries. The phrase resembles a passage from CATO, a 1713 play written by Joseph Addison.
    4. Actually said by humor writer Leo Rosten in introducing Fields at a dinner.
    5. An old Hollywood gag, not said (at least originally) by Goldwyn.
    7. By all accounts, Marie-Antoinette never uttered those words. Several years before she supposedly said them, they appeared in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s THE CONFESSIONS.
    8. Although Twain used this quote in his autobiography, he credited it to Benjamin Disraeli.
    9. Doyle never put those words in the great detective’s mouth in any of his four novels and 56 short stories about Holmes between 1887-1927.  It was actor Basil Rathbone, playing Holmes in the late 1930s-1940s, who spoke those words and made them famous.
    10. Donald Trump may think it, but it was Muhammad Ali who said it.

    As a bonus, I leave you with this quote:




    • mistermuse 12:04 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      NOTE: By virtue of February having less than 30 days (even in this year of the leap), my post-every-fifth-day schedule is doomed to run into “the best laid plans of mice and men” by the end of the month. Thus, my last Feb. post will be on the 29th, and I’ve opted to move this post up to Feb. 24.

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      • Joseph Nebus 1:37 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Coincidentally, the old Roman calendar treated the 24th as the leap day. That is, in a leap year, they had two days that were both what we’d call the 24th of February. This sounds confusing, but it’s honestly better than what they had before, which was to in some years stick a whole extra month in between the 24th and 25th of February.

        Anyway, point being, having a post on the 24th so that you have a post timed for Leap Day works nicely. Somehow.

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      • pendantry 6:36 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I implemented a rule at work some years ago that made the last day of every month the 28th to make life simpler (since every month has 28 days, and it eliminated the need to remember and recite the “30 days hath September… etc” thingy every. single. time. you had to figure out what the last day of a month was. It worked well for years; now we don’t have to bother with it because The Machine automagically works it out for us now.

        Incidentally, according to timeanddate.com there were at least two occasions on which February 30th was an actual date. It’s hard to make this shit up.

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    • Don Frankel 8:56 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I knew that was Ali at the end there as I’m not only old enough to remember but I know Trump said. “It’s huge.” Which is now being pronounced as Yyyyuge. But it might get miss quoted or I might be miss quoting as Bernie Sanders also says Yyyuge as does Larry David and well most of us here in New York City.

      My favorite miss quote is General Sherman’s. “War is all hell.” He didn’t say it but when he found out he said it, he kept saying it, till he said it.

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    • arekhill1 10:44 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” That’s my favorite quote. Google can’t really tell us its origin, although some people attribute it to the neo-Nazi science fiction author Robert Heinlein.

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    • mistermuse 11:25 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, when Trump said “It’s huge,” I thought he was referring to his ego (or the unbelievable gullibility of his followers).
      Good comment about Sherman. He certainly turned Atlanta into hell when he burned it.

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    • mistermuse 11:33 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like the quote, Ricardo….though I must admit I haven’t heard it before and don’t know who said it. It couldn’t have been The Donald, because he’s never in doubt about anything (& wouldn’t admit it if he was).

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    • Mél@nie 11:08 am on February 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      over here, in “old Europe”, we just can’t imagine the fair-wigged ignorant racist as the POTUS!!! same for ted cruz(doesn’t deserve capitals!!!)

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      oh, it seems that Marie-Antoinette never stated that sentence… it’s been invented, as the French people didn’t like “the snobbish Austrian waster”… 🙂

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    • tomorrowdefinitely 1:51 pm on March 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nice one! I especially like the quote at the top 🙂

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    • Mark Scheel 12:40 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Now that was educational. I knew only a few for certain. Makes you wonder if anybody ever really says anything! Ha.


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    • mistermuse 7:20 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, all my posts are educational — even those expose that, unlike quote #10, I’m not the greatest (just the 3rd greatest, behind The Donald and Muhammad Ali). 😦 😦 🙂

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    • dbmoviesblog 12:16 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thought-provoking post. The number nine made me smile because most people will swear they read it in the novel haha. I kinda always hoped that people know that the quote “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics” belongs to Disraeli, and I also know that there are so many things that Marie-Antoinette allegedly said which are not just not true. The whole French Revolution seems to have a bunch of slogans and quotes which were simply made up afterwards to heighten the effect.

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      • mistermuse 12:58 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of heightening the effect, how about this follow-up to The Donald (#10):

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        • pendantry 6:39 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink

          Dang. That video is ‘not available in my country’ 😦


        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink

          Apparently it has been taken down, as I now also get “Video unavailable”….and, since I no longer remember what it was, I can only repeat how my post ended: “That’s all Folks.”


  • mistermuse 5:14 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Anita O'Day, , Bobby Troup, Fanny Hurst, George Washington, , Lee Harvey Oswald, October birthdays, Paul Chuckle, Wynton Marsalis   


    Today is mistermuse’s birthday. Did I hear you say, “What of it?” Fine. It happens that I’ve been drawing a _____ lately trying to think of something to write about, so my birthday has come around at a most propitious time — the day of my birth — and now the world need not bear to go another day without the sound of musing. Thanks, mom….you too, dad.

    I thought it might be interesting (to me, at any rate) to check this date in history to see what other noteworthy misters and misfits were born on October 18. Or….I could tell some birthday jokes. Or….if the lesser of two evils isn’t your idea of an optimum choice, I could do both. Actually, let’s do that. First, the October 18th birthdays:

    1889 – Fanny Hurst, novelist. Notwithstanding early fame, her novels and autobiography (titled Anatomy of Me) didn’t sit well with most critics.
    1918 – Bobby Troup, songwriter. You may not know his name, but his song lives on:
    1919 – Anita O’Day, vocalist. One of the top jazz stylists of her time.
    1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK assassin. A name that lives in infamy.
    1947 – Paul Chuckle, British comedian. As apt stage names go, no doubt a better choice than Paul Chortle, Paul Guffaw, or Paul Bearer.
    1961 – Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter. 1983 Grammy Award winner.

    Last but least, the birthday jokes:

    What do Santa’s reindeer sing to him on his birthday? Freeze a jolly good fellow!
    Why couldn’t Stone Age man send birthday cards? The stamps wouldn’t stick to the rocks.
    What do George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and mistermuse all have in common? They were all (but for one oversight) born on holidays.
    A man’s only as old as the woman he feels. –Groucho Marx
    When I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday, she said “Nothing would make me happier than diamond earrings.” So I gave her nothing.
    In life one has to go to the funerals of people we like and the birthdays of people we don’t. Thanks for coming anyway.




    • scifihammy 6:31 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday! 🙂


    • mistermuse 7:10 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks….and same to you (whenever).


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    • mistermuse 9:48 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muchas gracias!


    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:03 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday, mistermuse! And many more musings!


    • mistermuse 6:27 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Michaeline. Speaking of musing, it seems like only yesterday that I became a year older. That’s a musing, but only slightly amusing.


    • arekhill1 12:20 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey! What’s the deal with someone already offering you “feliz cumpleanos?” I thought I was your only barely bilingual friend, Sr. Muse.


    • mistermuse 4:07 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The first commenter is from Cape Town, so I assume his greeting is in African. Although it looks like English, he is so bilingual, you can’t tell the difference. But no matter how many bilingual followers respond to my musings, you will always be numero uno in my corazon, Ricardo.


    • Joseph Nebus 11:17 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I think infamy’s overstated. There are many people who view JFK with a certain warmth and fondness these days.


      • mistermuse 7:12 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The expression of that warmth and fondness is certain to be manifested soon (Nov. 22), the 51st anniversary of JFK’s assination. I think many of us old timers still remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.


    • Don Frankel 4:28 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday Mistermuse. I’m a little late but..

      “May you’re glass forever be full. May the roof over your head ever be strong and may we both be in heaven for a half an hour before the Devil knows we’re dead.”


    • literaryeyes 8:23 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What would we do on a Mistermuse holiday?


    • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      On a holiday for Mistermuse,
      You could do quite anything you choose.
      Nothing would be too contrary for Mary to refuse….
      After all, what has Mistermuse to lose?


  • mistermuse 7:29 pm on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Big Band swing, Chico Marx, Chico Marx Orchestra, George Washington, , , , , , Pagliacci, , Washington crossing the Delaware   


    I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principleWashington could not lie. I can lie, but I won’t.  –Mark Twain

    In honor of George Washington’s birthday — or George Birthington’s washday, as we called it when we were kids — I have decided to write a post about Chico Marx, who was also born on February 22nd. But first, a poem about that other birthday guy:

    I cannot tell a lie —
    Not even if I try.
    Believe me, it’s no fun
    When you’re George Washington.

    Chico, as you old timers know, is closely connected with George by way of his brother Groucho (Marx, that is), who sang Lydia the Tattooed Lady, whose tattoo of Washington crossing the Delaware could be viewed (along with Kankakee and Paree) for a dime. As an aside, Groucho Washington, George’s brother, never amounted to Mucho, and is all but forgotten today.

    For the benefit of you unfortunates who missed my post of Jan. 13, I’ll clarify the preceding paragraph by repeating the opportunity to view a clip of “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” from the Marx Brothers film AT THE CIRCUS:


    Now that that’s settled, I’ll close with a little Chico Marx trivia: toward the end of the Big Band era of the mid 1930s to early 1940s, Chico had his own orchestra. Here’s their swinging rendition of Pagliacci:


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