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*Chuckle* More e-mail goodness...
galadrion
...This time, from a co-worker. This fellah prefers to portray himself as Al Bundy, and I have to restrain myself from pointing out how poor a fit it is. Al struck me as a functional moron, and this guy is anything but. He does share a rather skewed sense of humor with me, though, about which I am quite happy.

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OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!


MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, "It's Not Easy Being Green."

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Jesse
then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Tom Daschle & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share."

Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act," retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left
to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Vote Republican

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Ah, it reminds me of a book I bought many years ago, and which I'm going to have to replace soon - The Book of Bad Virtues, by Tony Hendra. I heartily recommend it, unless you're one of those easily offended uptight types. (Make no mistake, if you are, it will.)

No comments are necessary, but if you wish to make them, I'd be glad to read them. And if you happen to have any such gems as these, please, send them along to me! My Dad started a file folder of these sorts of things back before I was born (some of them came across the teletype, and others were mimeographed, that's how old some of them are), and I've started a higher-tech version of the same collection. Yes, I'm utterly incorrigible - and the old joke applies.

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I may have to try to find this book. First book I was ever told would definitely offend me - The Illuminatus Trilogy - didn't. Couldn't find anything to offend me in it.

Then again, reading my stuff, I think you'd probably agree that I don't qualify as an easily offended uptight type...*laugh*

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