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Jan 28, 2005



Have adopted a new German custom a New York Times correspondent noted recently in a Berlin bar: whenever someone said "George Bush," everyone else would laugh uproariously, to be joined by the speaker. (The bar owner commented something like "You've become a dark and brooding land. We're afraid you're going to come and kill us.")

So, everyone, let's try it, shall we? And with an incongruous verb to really get us going: "George Bush believes..." Oh my, that does work! It helps if you repeat "George Bush" as you start laughing. Oh, come on, try it!

Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught:
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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