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  • mistermuse 12:17 pm on June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airplanes, aviation, , , , , slapstick, The Three Stooges, ,   


    Friends, as much as I have enjoyed telling you in recent posts of the inspiring exploits of The Wright Brothers, inventors of the aeroplane, things don’t always go the Wright way in this woebegone world. As we all know, friends, the best laid planes of mice and men oft go a-why? Shot down happens. But, ever looking for new girls–make that, new worlds–to conquer, mice and men are not deterred. Onward and upward! Winners never quit, etc.:

    But enough of such air-brained schemes. Let us put these proceedings on a higher plane:

    Yes, my friends, the moral of the story is when you hit a downer, don’t be a frowner; and when you hit a sour note, don’t let it get your goat. Never despair — there’s music in the air. Go for it!

    • arekhill1 12:39 pm on June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You could revive that first contraption on the newsreel, the flapping bicycle, and repurpose it as a new kind of exercise machine easily, Sr. Muse. But you won’t. I won’t either. It’s why neither of us is rich.

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      • mistermuse 3:42 pm on June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I got all shook up just watching some of those contraptions, Ricardo. It’s the first time I ever got ‘see-sick’ on dry land.

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    • scifihammy 2:25 pm on June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      It’s amazing men ever got airborne! 😀

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    • calmkate 7:07 pm on June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol love the humour, keep smiling 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:24 pm on June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      If I’m not mistaken, “that kid” is Dean’s daughter Deana, who made a number of TV appearances with her father. She was born in 1948, so I’m guessing the video dates from the late 1950s.


    • Don Frankel 10:21 am on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great stuff Muse. I remember these clips. I had a little trouble finding this one but it has my favorite early Aviator at the 56 second mark.

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      • mistermuse 12:07 pm on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That “favorite early Aviator” segment is funnier than hell, Don. You can’t make stuff like that up (although The Three Stooges do a pretty good job of it).


  • mistermuse 1:01 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Miff Mole, , Peg o' My Heart, Peggy O'Neill, , , The Three Stooges   

    MINED MY Ps and Qs 

    I had to dig deep to come up with a few tunes for this post. When it comes to good old songs with girl’s names beginning with P, the pickings are paltry, so I decided to add Q — which I found to be even paltry-er. But perhaps I’m too particular — after all, if Peggy’s good enough for The Three Stooges, she should be good enough for Mimi and Youyou:

    Who knew The Three Stooges sang? I soitainly didn’t — at least, not until I checked THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK, which has a whole chapter devoted to “The Three Stooges on Record” (“Peggy O’Neil” is from their early 1960s record album titled THE THREE STOOGES NONSENSE SONG BOOK).

    If you think Three Stooges singing is Moe-stly nonsense, don’t get miffed. Just get Miff:

    Now we come to Q. There is a bygone song called Queenie, but I can’t find a clip of it…or of any old song with a girl’s first name starting with Q in the title. So this will have to do:

    And right on cue, this Miss Q is thru. Naught left to do but bid adieu.

    • Garfield Hug 9:44 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love the 3 stooges! They are a classic icon👍☺

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      • mistermuse 10:37 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        There was a time when liking The Three Stooges was thought to be something only males did. For a female to dig the Stooges would have been considered odd (not that I think you’re odd — ha ha). 🙂


    • arekhill1 7:17 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, it’s in black and white, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfu_gfPBPWc

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      • mistermuse 12:34 am on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo — I forgot about Peggy Sue. My bad. I hope Peggy doesn’t sue me.


    • Don Frankel 11:16 am on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I thought of Peggy Sue as well but Richard the IVth, beat me to it. But let’s run it up with the late great Buddy Holly with a little cameo by Ed Sullivan since it’s from his show.

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      • mistermuse 12:20 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Now that’s what I call two for the price of one, Don….speaking of which,the guy on the far left looks enough like Buddy to be his twin brother. Coincidentally, I look enough like me to be my twin brother.


    • Don Frankel 8:36 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, you know he does there. It got me curious too so I did a search. But it’s only the similar hairdo and the the glasses. In other pictures he doesn’t look at all like Buddy. His name was Niki Sullivan.

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      • mistermuse 11:15 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the info, Don. This means I may now have to reconsider whether my similarity to me is as close as I thought it was.


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , The Three Stooges, Tina Fey, Virginia Woolf, ,   


    N’yuk-n’yuk-n’yuk! –Curly Howard, The Three Stooges

    April being NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH, I thought I’d humor you with humor-us woids of wisdom from some of my favorite humor-ists. I’d have begun with a self-sample, but thought it best to start on a higher plane — and who in comedic history soared higher than Curly when it comes to debonair comedy? So it is written that I must take second place in my own post (third, if you count comedienne Joan Rivers’ intro to my poem):


    Humor is God’s gift to all of us.
    –Joan Rivers

    Thank God for funny
    because seriously
    we could be
    dying out there.

    Being a comedian is a lonely occupation; you stand on the stage talking to yourself, being overheard by audiences. –Fred Allen

    Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn. –Irvin S. Cobb

    Humor is just another defense against the universe. –Mel Brooks

    When humor works, it works because it’s clarifying what people already feel. It has to come from someplace real. –Tina Fey

    Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue. –Virginia Woolf

    Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. –W. C. Fields

    The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven. –Mark Twain

    Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. –Francis Bacon

    I don’t want to run for office; there’s already too many comedians in Washington. –Will Rogers

    Without a sense of humor, I don’t know how people make it. –Marlo Thomas

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    We close on an upbeat note from this laughing-at-life jazz great whose birthday is April 7:


    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 12:13 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love Will Rogers – and his is my fav among the quotes above. I clicked here expecting funnies, but finding the quotes was even better. Thanks for sharing.
      (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 7:42 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for commenting, Madelyn. When searching for good quotes, it usually pays to look in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.

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    • Mél@nie 3:22 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      MERCI, Mr Muse: you’ve made my mornin’… 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 7:05 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If there is no humor in heaven, I hope at least there is wit…

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    • Garfield Hug 9:11 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply


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    • arekhill1 11:15 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As a dabbler in the humor field for some years now, Sr. Muse, the mystery of it to me is how nobody laughs at the same jokes. Some people love clever puns, others refuse to laugh unless they are watching an old lady being pushed down the stairs.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:40 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Will Rogers always cracks me up. The Twain one is pretty evocative too. Thanks for the smiles. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 1:31 pm on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Some of the quotes (like Twain’s) aren’t exactly humorous, but are just as pungent (such as Bacon’s). Needless to say (so why am I saying it?), I like them all. 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 4:30 pm on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Look at yourself if you had a sense of humor..”

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      • mistermuse 5:23 pm on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the clip, Don. Until I checked, I didn’t realize (or had forgotten) that this is a Rodgers & Hart song. In all honesty, though, Billie sounds to me like she was past her prime when she sang this. Too bad she didn’t record it when R & H wrote it back in 1937.

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    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 9:30 pm on April 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      FINALLY was home long enough to insert a link here from the Friday Funnies about writers.

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      • mistermuse 10:59 pm on April 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the Friday Funnies link, Madelyn. I hope to get the work week off to a funny Monday start with my next post.

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 11:30 pm on April 8, 2017 Permalink

          I shall look forward to it – and you are most welcome for the link. Next time, drop it with your comment and I’ll move it up – meanwhile it will be there for anybody wanting a bit more humorous inspiration.

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    • BroadBlogs 12:08 am on April 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      These are some insightful quotes on humor.

      Lately I’ve been looking at the political humor of Saturday Night Live and some of the other shows and thinking of them as court fools of old who spoke truth to power.

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      • mistermuse 6:17 am on April 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Nowadays we might think of them as speaking truth to TOWER (Trump Tower). 😦


    • Lavinia Ross 12:08 pm on April 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That is a great Billie Holiday song!

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      • mistermuse 2:43 pm on April 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed! Billie recorded that song (LAUGHING AT LIFE) June 1940, accompanied by such jazz greats as Teddy Wilson on piano and Lester Young on tenor sax.

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  • mistermuse 3:58 pm on May 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Larry Moe and Curly, Moe Howard, , nyuk nyuk nyuk, , Shemp Howard, The Three Stooges   


     Moe: What’s yer watch say? Shemp: Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. (FRIGHT NIGHT, 1947)

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    When I found that Moe Howard, of THREE STOOGES fame, died on this day (in 1975), I thought of writing a post celebrating their timeless brand of sophisticated humor — nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    Of course, when you think of role models for how siblings (Moe, Curly & Shemp were brothers) — or how people in general, for that matter — should respect and treat one another, no one set a higher standard than The Three Stooges — nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    Like most guys — and possibly a few gals — I loved The Three Stooges when I was young. Still do, as a matter of fact, but on a more selective basis. For example, I looked at four or five of their short films to find one I thought came close to meeting my high standards and those of my exceedingly discriminating audience — nyuk nyuk nyuk:

    So, nyuknuckleheads, that concludes my film presentation….but you say you want Moe? Soitenly! Nyuk nyuk nyuk. There’s lots Moe quotes (and Curly and Shemp quotes, not to mention Larry Fine quotes) where that opening quote came from. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    Burnt toast and a rotten egg? Whatta ya want that for?
    I got a tapeworm and that’s good enough for him.
    Moe and Curly, PUNCH DRUNKS, 1934

    Why don’t I come up and see you sometime when you’re in the nude…I mean mood.
    -Shemp, ART TROUBLE, 1934

    What’s that for? I didn’t do nothin’!
    That’s in case you do and I’m not around.
    -Moe and Larry, HOI POLLOI, 1935

    Soitenly I’m sound asleep.
    Then why are you talkin’?
    I’m talkin’ in my sleep!
    -Curly and Moe, MOVIE MANIACS, 1936

    Are you sure this work will be in competent hands?
    Soitenly, we’re all incompetent!
    -Mr. Morgan and Curly, SLIPPERY SILKS, 1936

    You mean I’m um-day in pig language?
    You’re um-day in any language.
    -Curly and Moe, TASSELS IN THE AIR, 1938

    Oh boy! I can see it now — I come home from a hard day’s work….I whistle for the dog….and my wife comes out.
    -Curly, YES, WE HAVE NO BONANZA, 1939

    Why don’t you get a toupee with some brains in it?
    -Moe to Curly, THREE SAPPY PEOPLE, 1939

    Good morning, sir — I’m the census taker. Are you married or happy?
    -Moe, NO CENSUS, NO FEELING, 1940

    Them’s fightin’ words in my country!
    Well then, let’s fight.
    We ain’t in my country.
    -Shemp and Icabod Slipp, HOLD THAT LION!, 1947

    You know fish is great brain food.
    You know you should fish for a whale.
    -Larry and Moe, PARDON MY CLUTCH, 1948

    Whale, I think I’ll quit now, because I resemble that remark.

    • arekhill1 9:39 am on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Quotes of note, Sr. Muse. Hardly noticed them when I was a kid, though. I only followed the eye pokes and the head-knocks.


    • mistermuse 10:49 am on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know why, but that stuff still cracks me up. Maybe Dr. Don can explain the psychology of it. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.


    • BroadBlogs 1:26 pm on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply


      btw, I just realized that while I knew the names Moe and Curly I couldn’t remember the name of the other brother: Shemp. Wonder why that was?

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    • mistermuse 4:02 pm on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Although Shemp was part of the original comedy act (with Moe & Larry) called Ted Healy and his Stooges, he left the act in the early 1930s. Then Moe, Larry & Curly performed as The Three Stooges until Curly suffered a stroke in 1946, when Shemp returned. So the short answer to your question is that Shemp wasn’t one of The Three Stooges during a good portion of their heyday.


    • Don Frankel 9:40 am on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hey I’ve been busy for a little while, so I’ve been away from the net. But I remembered Moe, Larry and Curly and of course as a kid I used to think, doesn’t that hurt. Great memories Muse.


    • mistermuse 2:00 pm on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To tell the truth, I was always a bit queasy about the eye pokes, but I guess I thought the knocks on the head were just too over-the-top to take seriously.


  • mistermuse 3:40 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , By George!, Honesty is the best policy, , , , , Rex Harrison, The Three Stooges   


    I wonder how many readers of my previous post realized that its title was an old expression dating back over 300 years. According to grammarphobia.com, BY GEORGE dates from a 1694 translation of a comedy by Platus: “By George, you shan’t be a Sowce the better for what’s in it”….but “George” was used in an expression even earlier, as here (from a 1598 Ben Johnson play): “Well! he knowes what to trust to, for George.” Here is a more recent (1964) example of “By George!” by Rex Harrison in the above-average film MY FAIR LADY, starring Harrison and Audrey Hepburn:

    My larger point: the small percentage of people who know old adages and expressions  — at least, that is my impression from watching game shows like JEOPARDY!, where supposed broadly-knowledgeable players almost invariably don’t know a familiar (to me) old saying when the question arises. You may say That’s easy for me to say, an old codger who was probably around before most old sayings started. Very funny. I resemble that remark — and I’m not the only one:

    So much for idle rumors. If you’re so smart, let’s see how many of these old sayings you know at your tender age. No cheating. Remember, honesty is the best policy (why give insurance companies a legitimate excuse not to pay — they’ll give you a hard enough time on general principles). But just to keep you on your tokus, I’ll throw in several dishonest — I mean made-up — old aphorisms to see if you can separate the wheat from the shaft:

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

    A day late and a dollar early.

    A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.

    Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.

    All work and no play makes Jack an ass.

    Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.

    Better late than never.

    Blood is thicker than tomato soup.

    Close but no cigar.

    Close only counts in horseshit.

    Curiosity killed the cat.

    Do unto others before they do unto you.

    The rest is yet to come….

    ….if I do a Part Two.

    • arekhill1 3:47 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You forgot “virtue is its own remorse.”

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    • mistermuse 4:05 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I soitenly did (but I didn’t forget that Curly often said “soitenly”).


    • Don Frankel 5:40 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      1 P.T. Barnum 2 Fraud Alert 3 Clarence Darrow 4 Fraud Alert 5 Fraud Alert 6 W.C. Fields 7 Anonymous 8 Fraud Alert 9 Fidel Castro 10 Fraud Alert 11 Lassie 12 Julius Caesar then he said Et tu Brute 13 Fraud Alert.


      • mistermuse 7:11 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I know you got the Fraud Alerts and Lassie right. I’ll take your word for the rest.


    • ladysighs 5:43 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite in your list is: Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.
      It also makes the heart to wander yonder. 😦


      • mistermuse 7:19 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Having been happily married to the same woman for only 46 years, I’ll have to take your word for it, ladysighs. 🙂


    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:51 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am not as “old” as some people I know but I do recall those adages, mistermuse. You did not fool me with those fake ones either, by George!


    • mistermuse 7:28 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Curses! Foiled again! 🙂


    • Don Frankel 2:29 pm on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do I win anything? I mean I just took this 12 question world history test on Facebook and got them all right and I asked did I win anything? And, well I got no answer.


    • mistermuse 5:44 pm on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I got to thinking that Lassie, being a dog, couldn’t be the right answer to #11 – it had to be a horse. So even if you got the rest right, the answer to your question is literally #11.

      However, I won’t let that be the end of it – here’s some info that’s straight from the horse’s mouth, and even better than a prize: I checked Wikipedia’s “List of historical horses” and found that a horse named FRANKEL is listed as the “Highest rated horse in history” (undefeated in 14 career starts). So now, if anyone ever calls you a horse’s ass (not that anyone ever would), you can tell them to kiss your rear just like all the other losers wound up doing.

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    • carmen 5:16 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You might be interested to know that NOEL Harrison had a 300-acre farm not far from where I live, in the early 70’s; he was a well-known figure in these parts. I believe he was here for about 10 years.

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    • mistermuse 7:33 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that, so I checked Wikipedia for the details. Turns out he bought a farmhouse & moved to Mt. Hanley, Nova Scotia, in 1972. The house burned down in the winter of 1974, but he built a new one (without electricity, would you believe) and didn’t return to England until the late 1990s. His photo shows a distinct resemblance to his father (Rex).


      • carmen 10:34 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I graduated High School in 1975. The parties over there were lengendary by that time; many teenagers were attracted to him and the ‘characters’ he befriended. At that time, I had no idea what the big deal was about the guy. . .interested in other things, I guess. It wasn’t until years later that I finally figured out, “OH! THAT’s who he is” 🙂

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