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February 04, 2005 - 12:42 pm

TRISTAN TZARA SAYS...

I remember hearing George Carlin years ago in one of his standup routines marveling at the English language. He remarked how anyone could fairly easily make a completely new sentence that no one had ever before uttered or even thought. His example was something like, “I’m going down to the ballpark to beat up Hitler’s wife,” or something to that effect.

Since having children, I’ve thought often about this on hearing some of the crazy things my kids say, and even on hearing myself say things I never dreamed I would say, such as, “Don’t chop your sister’s hand off,” or “Take that diaper off the cat.”

But the best line of all time has to be something the Boy asked me in all earnestness yesterday:

“Mom, how did you ever figure out that monkeys aren’t really controlling the traffic lights?”

~Samantha

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