Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tennis

This George Carlin quote is for Taylor:

Then you have tennis. Tennis is very trendy and very fruity, but it’s not a sport. It’s just a way to meet other trendy fruits. Technically, tennis is an advanced form a Ping-Pong. In fact, tennis is Ping-Pong played while standing on the table.

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Jell-O

“The psychiatric department at the Rochester Medical Center was partially funded by a gift from Helen Woodward Rivas, heir to the Jell-O fortune and resident of Le Roy. (The department, its chairman liked to say, ‘rests firmly on a foundation of Jell-O.’)”

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Paper Tigers

I found a fascinating article on the plight(?) of the Asian-American.

There’s this:

If it is true that they are collectively dominating in elite high schools and universities, is it also true that Asian-Americans are dominating in the real world? My strong suspicion was that this was not so, and that the reasons would not be hard to find. If we are a collective juggernaut that inspires such awe and fear, why does it seem that so many Asians are so readily perceived to be, as I myself have felt most of my life, the products of a timid culture, easily pushed around by more assertive people, and thus basically invisible?

And this:

Now he understands better what he ought to have done back when he was a Stuyvesant freshman: “Worked half as hard and been twenty times more successful.”….”If you looked at the pinnacle, the girls and the guys are not only good-looking and socially affable, they also get the best grades and star in the school plays and win election to student government. It all converges at the top. It’s like training for high society. It was jarring for us Chinese kids. You got the sense that you had to study hard, but it wasn’t enough.”

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Dave-to-Girl ratio

“To track Carnegie Mellon University’s progress in attracting female undergraduates to its School of Computer Science, faculty, staff and students there have kept count of the number of men named Dave versus the number of women….Eight years ago, when Carnegie Mellon first discovered that the number of men named Dave outstripped women, the university decided to tackle its Dave-to-Girl ratio head on.”

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Yakov Smirnoff

I love Wikipedia. For instance, it taught me that Yakov Smirnoff (remember him?) is a college professor.

Plus there’s this great quote:

He once told Johnny Carson, “I enjoy being in America: it’s fun, you know, because you have, you have so many things we never had in Russia — like warning shots.” When Carson asked if comedians in the Soviet Union can crack jokes about their leaders, Smirnoff replied, “Of course — once.”

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