Cidu Bill on Jul 13th 2017


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13 Responses to “Misery”

  1. Kamino Neko Jul 13th 2017 at 12:05 am 1

    Death will put you out of your misery.

  2. Winter Wallaby Jul 13th 2017 at 12:30 am 2

    I had the same first reaction as KN@1, and still think that that’s the intended joke. But it doesn’t scan right, since the man is talking about him putting death out, not death putting him out.

  3. James Pollock Jul 13th 2017 at 12:36 am 3

    The (presumably miserable) man is worried about putting Death out.. that is, of occupying his time and attention when he (Death) might have put either of those to better use. But Death, of course, has the power to remove that concern… offering company is one service he offers, and an end to misery (and concerns about other people) is another. Presumably, fashion advice is yet another, but one that isn’t called for here.

  4. Jim Jul 13th 2017 at 01:23 am 4

    I read it as Death saying his other service is “putting you out”, as in ending his life.

  5. mitch4 Jul 13th 2017 at 11:28 am 5

    True or false please if you know: Was “Missouri Loves Company” ever the motto of the state’s tourist bureau?

  6. Brian in STL Jul 13th 2017 at 01:57 pm 6

    The two services Death provides are:

    1. Guide the departed soul to the next plane of existence
    2. Provide company to the miserable
    3. Take over Hogfather duties when needed.

    The THREE services Death provides are . . .

  7. John Small Berries Jul 13th 2017 at 02:43 pm 7

    mitch4 @4: Yes, apparently so - at least, according to an article on page 4 of the March 15, 1972 issue of the Jefferson City Post-Tribune:

    Yes, Virginia, we did think of it first

    Missourians have reacted with vigor to a Virginia State Travel Service official’s accusation that the Show-Me State’s use of its tourism slogan, “Missouri Loves Company,” was “close to theft.” The Virginia slogan, which Missouri’s charged with plagiarizing, is “Virginia Is For Lovers,” which has backfired to a degree. Commercial poachers have put the slogan to misuse. James Pasley, director of the Missouri Tourism Commission, merely pointed out that the state’s slogan has been in use since 1967. That’s considerably longer than the life of the Virginia slogan. But unlike his Virginia peer, Pasley wisely declined to point an accusing finger. However, Mr. Pasley took some advantage of the Virginian’s miscue, suggesting “Missouri has an abundance of everything, including ideas. If other states want to borrow parts of our slogan, they’re perfectly welcome.” We might have added, “With credit, of course.”

  8. Winter Wallaby Jul 13th 2017 at 04:19 pm 8

    JSB #6: Regardless of which was first, accusing plagiarism based on both mottos having a word with a root of “love” seems like a stretch.

  9. Mitch4 Jul 13th 2017 at 05:06 pm 9

    It must have been in about ‘74 or’ 75 that my flatmate’s sister Ginny, not from Virginia, showed up for a visit with a different “Virginia is for Lovers” tee shirt for each day. She liked the motto, it seems.

  10. larK Jul 13th 2017 at 05:44 pm 10

    Heck, in 1967, Virginia certainly wasn’t for the Lovings.

  11. James Pollock Jul 13th 2017 at 06:17 pm 11

    In 1967, it (finally) was.

  12. Kilby Jul 14th 2017 at 04:13 am 12

    Who cares if “Virginia is for lovers”: Maryland is for >crabs!

  13. James Pollock Jul 14th 2017 at 04:26 am 13

    Yeah, yeah. And one of two official mottoes for the State of Oregon is “She Flies With Her Own Wings”.

    And we got this motto BEFORE legal marijuana.

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