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November 21, 2012

A Humor & Musical Interlude: A Turkey Thanksgiving

Filed under: A Humor Interlude,A Musical Interlude — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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As we get ready to celebrate Thanskgiving — and a 4-day holiday weekend, Black Friday, and the beginning of the final Christmas shopping rush — I thought some fun would be warranted.

Since the original video, “I Will Survive,” was removed by YouTube, here is a replacement starring Daffy Duck in 1949’s “Holiday for Drumsticks” —

Next is “You Can’t Gobble Me”

And “U Can’t Stuff This”

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: A Humor Interlude,A Musical Interlude — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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Time for a video interlude. Enjoy the following Halloween-related videos — one each from song, cartoon, and humor. Enjoy the trick or treatin’ but go easy on the candy — too much sugar will show up everywhere!

First, a song from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

How can one resist a Dr. Seuss cartoon?

Ms. Swan does it again. Some Halloween comedy —

October 12, 2012

A Humor Interlude: Mitt Romney’s Neighborhood

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This video of Jimmy Fallon satire of Mitt Romney is amusing, and plays off of Romney’s desire to scuttle funding for public television and radio, which currently accounts for less than 0.001% of the federal budget, not enough to pay for his proposed tax cuts. (I wonder how many gold-plated toilet seats and hammers the defense department buys and what percentage of the budget those items account for.)

October 3, 2012

On Language: Drop Your Foreign Accent

The following poem was brought to my attention by Tony Cole of eBookAnoid. It was originally published in 1929 in Drop Your Foreign Accent — Engelse Uitspraakoefeningen (5th revised edition, H. D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon, 1929), which was written by Gerald Nolst Trenite, who was also known as Charivarius. The poem illustrates some of the peculiarities of English. Enjoy.

The Chaos
Gerald Nolst Trenite

Dearest creature in creation,
studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse;
sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.
I will keep you, Susy, busy,
make your head with heat grow dizzy;
Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear,
so shall I!! Oh, hear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet,
make my coat look new, dear, sew it!

Just compare, heart, beard and heard,
dies, diet, lord and word,
sword and sward, retain and Britain,
(Mind the letter, how it’s written)
Made has not the sound of bade.
Say‑said, pay‑paid, laid but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
with such words as vague and ague,
but be careful how you speak,
say break, steak, but bleak and streak,
previous, precious, fuchsia, via;
Pipe, snipe, recipe and chair,
cloven, oven, how and low,
script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.

Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.

Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation — think of Psyche!
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough —
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!

April 20, 2012

A Humor Interlude: Amazing Ukrainian Talent

Filed under: A Humor Interlude,A Musical Interlude — Rich Adin @ 9:08 am
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I try not to post multiple posts in a day, but sometimes I just have to. This video is an outstanding example of what talented people can do. It is hard to believe that this is a puppet. This is a must-watch video.

March 7, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore

Filed under: A Humor Interlude — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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This video won an Oscar this year as best animated short. It is long at 15 minutes, but well worth watching in its entirety. Enjoy!

October 18, 2011

Sometimes You Just Gotta Poke Fun at Yourself!

Filed under: A Humor Interlude,A Musical Interlude — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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The animation at the following link pokes fun at my generation. Please click the link and enjoy.

http://www.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.235372.1243574086!menu/standard/file/ny-walt-baby-boomers.swf

or

http://tinyurl.com/3pwujbt

For those of you who do not recognize the underlying tune, it is Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf.

October 14, 2011

Is This Worrisome? A Baby, an iPad, and a Magazine

Filed under: A Humor Interlude — Rich Adin @ 7:43 am
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Although cute, I find this video worrisome.

It is symbolizes the problem I see with the future of language and the acceptance of Twitter-speak/spelling as the norm. Increasingly, I am receiving e-mails that are in the Twit style. And I can see future writers saying, “If it isn’t wrong according to spellcheck, then it must not be wrong!”

October 13, 2011

Meet the Dwindle: A Bit of Humor

Filed under: A Humor Interlude — Rich Adin @ 7:32 am
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This Canadian satire of the Kindle, from the Rick Mercer Report, is very amusing. Enjoy it.

September 16, 2011

A Humor Interlude: Bad Grammar — The Way I Are

Filed under: A Humor Interlude — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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It has been a while since our last humor interlude, so I thought we deserved a break. And here it is — Bad Grammar: The Way I Are.

I’m just not convinced that humourous is the best way to describe the parodied behavior. Bad grammar is rapidly becoming the standard.

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