Humour

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Arrival Songs

The English language has a rich tradition of songs celebrating the joys of orgasm. Here are just a few examples. Sumer Is Icumen In (anon., 13th century) Come Again (John Dowland, 1597) Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Charles Wesley, 1745) Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson, 1757) Come, Ye Disconsolate (Thomas Moore, 1816) Oh…

Nudge, nudge

Only one of these books was given a title with the word “nudge” in it by people with a frame of reference similar to mine. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Thaler & Sunstein 2008. Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think! Gary L. Hardcastle et al. 2006. Nudge: Awakening Each Other…

Wolf warrior David Huggins reminded me of the greatest conundrum in finer etiquette: how a gentleman should behave when approaching the lower end of a narrow staircase while in conversation with a lady. All men know that it is courteous to hold open doors and allow others to pass before us, not only ladies but…

Thanks to Daniel Lindskog for the tip-off.

This is priceless. There’s a line of scented candles and other spa treatment paraphernalia called Voluspa. Volu-spa, get it? Now, the firm shows no awareness of what their chosen name means. Völuspá is a long Old Norse poem in the Poetic Edda, dealing with the creation and eventual destruction (and re-creation) of the world. It’s…

Depeche Mode Meets Tom Lehrer

In your room Where time stands still Or moves at your will Will you let the morning come soon As we dance to the Masochism Tango I ache for the touch of your lips, dear But much more for the touch of your whips, dear There’ll be times When my crimes Will seem almost unforgivable…

Quaint Local Pronunciation

My boss at the Academy of Letters used to head the National Archives. Here’s a story he told over coffee the other day. Some decades ago a delegation of Swedish archivists was driving across the American Midwest to visit a Mormon microfilming facility. Stopping in a small town for lunch, they noticed that it had…

Mutual Support

Early 20th century, a newlywed couple celebrates their wedding night at a hotel. In the morning, the young man chivalrously pricks his finger with his pen knife and smears some blood on the bedsheet. 50 happy years later, the couple returns to the hotel to celebrate their anniversary. And in the morning, the woman can…