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Last night, on The Late Show with David Letterman, our buddy Dave tried to float a quirky little conceptual joke that the audience just wasn’t having.  It obviously cracked him up, and he really hoped that the audience would warm up to it by repeating it.  Similar to his Oscar hosting joke on the silliness of Uma Thurman and Oprah Winfrey‘s names.  If you remember, he did it like he was introducing the two to each other.

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“Uma . . . Oprah”  then  “Oprah . . . Uma”.  I actually thought it was brilliant, but the nimrods thought that he was trying to be cruel . . . or something.  Small minds!

Anyhow, last night’s lead zeppelin went like this: (paraphrasing)  I ran into a woman, who has worked for the show for years, and I said Hello, JAYNE.  Never realizing that she was actually JANE.  (Both times spelling the names out)  All this time I’d been calling her JAYNE, when her name is actually JANE.  Paul Shaffer didn’t even pick up on it, initially.  But, he tried his best to play along with Dave, when he saw where he was trying to go with it.  Dave tried/hoped that the audience would like it better the second and third time, but all you heard were crickets and some sporadic nervous tittering.

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Now, for the coinky-dink aspect of it!  Just yesterday, in my Cryptoquote spoiler commentary, I brought up the subject of Jayne Mansfield.  But when I first wrote it I wrote it JANE Mansfield!  Spell check didn’t flag it.  Why would it?  But when I went to Google some info on her it kept asking me: Do you mean JAYNE Mansfield?  And, all this time I’d been calling her JANE Mansfield!



PS.  Last Saturday, we were watching Pulp fiction on CineMax.  Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) confuses the Jayne Mansfield lookalike for a second Marilyn Monroe lookalike, until Vicent (John Travolta) sets her straight.

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/07/11

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“Remember this December, that loves weighs more than gold!”   —   Josephine (Dodge Daskam) Bacon

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(It’s a nice thought.  A little Hallmark greeting card-ish, but that’s probably more because I’m a jaded, unemployed, middle-aged man.  I like her enthusiasm though.  Decoding today’s quote was pretty simple.  There were a plethora of Es to play with, and 3 TH words really made solving it a breeze.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Hey!  Looky here!  I – somehow – have Zemanta back!  Now, all I’m missing is the font color!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/07/11

Visual Description:  Bros befo hoes, watchin’ da show!


Clue/Question:  Instant replay was such a hit when introduced in 1963 that people wanted to . . .


(That kid, Hoyt, has really been bringing his A game for quite a while now!  Two new clue words, again, in “gizmo” and “stocky”, but all were very well jumbled.  And, the answer letter layout was superlative.  Jeff’s cartoon and the clue/question set up the answer, perhaps a little too well.  I can’t imagine many people having a lot of trouble getting the answer, despite all the great jumbling.  For a moment, I doubted that “gizmo” was an actual word.  It always sounded more like slang.  As it turns out, Merriam-Webster’s has its first known use as being 1943, which means it probably was not included, as a recognized word, until sometime later.    1963?  I guess I just never stopped to think about it, but instant replay has been around, essentially, my entire life.  Even so, a lot of referees and umpires still can’t seem to get the call right.  Be well, do good, and measure twice to cut once!)   —    YUR

PS.  WordPress keeps ducking my requests for an explanation of the missing features:  Zemanta and font color.  Maybe it’s time to blow this taco joint, and look for greener pastures.  Anybody have any suggestions?   —   YUR

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