Statistics Saturday: Is This A Joke?

“You know, in British English, the world `left` is spelled `lieut`.”

Modest-size wedges: 'Yes' and 'Yes, but I resent it.' Large wedge: 'No'. Even larger wedge: 'No, but it is joke-shaped'.
Not pictured: “It’s shaped like a deconstructed joke hoping for reconstitution into humor”.

Reference: The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope, Ronald Florence.


Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

2 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: Is This A Joke?”

  1. It’s a joke leftover from Henny Youngman’s last Thanksgiving dinner. Not getting any response from his guests he scratched his violin exactly the way Prof LeBlanc told Jack Benny not to do,and morphed the joke fragment into “Take my lieftovers please”. At which point the turkey came back to life and left,sharing a cab with George Burns who came back to life after one of Youngman’s earlier jokes.


    1. Oh, I’m glad to have a second opinion basically on my side there. It’s comforting.

      My old-time-radio podcast this week included one of the Christmas-shopping episodes of The Jack Benny Show, one of the later ones in which they bring up the many times Jack Benny changed his mind about the present over and over again to poor department-store-clerk Mel Blanc. Bea Benaderet plays Mel Blanc’s wife, too, like you’d cast if you were making the joke about this setup.


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