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Men are a misunderstood lot, which all in all is probably for the best. Women are better off not knowing that we eat with our hands the minute they leave the room or that we use their nail clippers to trim our nose hair. Better for them, better for us. Still, it’s annoying that women spend more time and money trying to understand the minds of cats than they do wondering about what makes men tick. Which is why they’ll never understand…

Our consuming need to own the biggest and most expensive version of just about everything. Our compulsive desire to drive off-road vehicles in cities and use corkscrews that resemble offshore drilling equipment is well documented. As marketing targets, men are suckers for terms like “professional” or “industrial strength,” because inside every man is the germ of every profession he ever imagined himself one day excelling at. Most of these purchases are harmless, little more than childish wish fulfillment played out at a higher testosterone level. But occasionally we go too far. The guy upstairs from me once boasted that he had a filter which filled his flat with “operating theater quality air.” I kept him away from my surgical steel steak knives.

Why we are so bad at shopping. We’ve never been trained to do it the right way. Supermarkets are like giant booby traps for males — which is why if you send a man out to get eggs, sugar and bread, you should not be surprised if he returns home with a case of beer, a pair of jeans and a tree.

The reason why we don’t like to discuss The Relationship. Most of us will find any excuse to dodge those conversations that start with questions like “Are you really happy?” and “Where do you see us going?” A relationship is a delicate thing, like an antique clock, and we know what will happen if we start picking it apart. Often our reticence will result in a lengthy conversation about why we have trouble talking about… “The Relationship.”

Why we think we can fix things. Almost all men believe they can repair virtually anything with a little patience. In reality, we’re only half right. Men are extremely good at taking things apart: whether it’s a dishwasher or an antique clock, a man can break it down to its most basic components in no time. Unfortunately, this is where our expertise usually leaves off, and we’re mostly satisfied with leaving bits and pieces spread all over newspaper on the kitchen table.

Men and video games. Women cannot understand how grown men can waste huge chunks of their lives zapping things off a screen. When a man repeatedly rings his girlfriend to say he has to work late and routinely comes home at two in the morning all glassy eyed, she will usually take this as evidence of an affair — when it’s more likely that a pirated copy of Streetfighter II is making the rounds at the office.

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A stranger walks up to him and whispers, “Would you give up a fourth of your sex life?”

The golfer thinks the man is crazy and that his answer will be meaningless but also that perhaps this is a good omen and will put him in the right frame of mind to make the difficult putt and says, “OK.” And sinks the putt.

Two holes later he mumbles to himself, “Boy, if I could only get an eagle on this hole.”

The same stranger moves to his side and says, “Would it be worth another fourth of your sex life?”

The golfer shrugs and says, “Sure.” And he makes an eagle.

Down to the final hole. The golfer needs yet another eagle to win. Though he says nothing, the stranger moves to his side and says, “Would you be willing to give up the rest of your sex life to win this match?”

The golfer says, “Certainly.” And makes the eagle.

As the golfer walks to the club house, the stranger walks alongside and says,”You know, I’ve really not been fair with you because you don’t know who I am. I’m the devil and from now on you will have no sex life.”

“Nice to meet you,” says the golfer. “My name’s Father O’Malley.”

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Idiot Sayings

I have opinions of my own –strong opinions– but I don’t always agree with them.”
– George Bush, former U.S. President

“It is white.”
– George W. Bush, when asked what the White house was like by a student in East London

“If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.”
– George Gobel

“Solutions are not the answer.”
– Richard Nixon, former U.S. President

“Hi I’m Dean White, Dick, of the college.”
– Richard (Dick) White, Duke University academic Dean introducing himself at a faculty dinner

“Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that.”
– Bill Clinton, former U.S. president

“You guys line up alphabetically by height.”
– Bill Peterson, Florida State football coach

“The internet is a great way to get on the net.”
– Bob Dole, Republican presidential candidate

“I would say that anything that is indecent and violent in TV is a crime against humanity and they should shoot the head man responsible.”
– Ted Turner, Media Mogul

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Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas writes a monthly article for the Texas Bar Journal. Often, he cites unusual exchanges between lawyers and witnesses during trials.

The following true exchange says it all:

Lawyer: “So, Doctor, you determined that a gunshot wound was the cause of death of the patient?”

Doctor: “That’s correct.”

Lawyer: “Did you examine the patient when he came to the emergency room?”

Doctor: “No, I performed the autopsy.”

Lawyer: “OK, were you aware of his vital signs when he was at the hospital?”

Doctor: “He came into the emergency room in shock and died a short time later.”

Lawyer: “Did you pronounce him dead at that time?”

Doctor: “No, I am the pathologist who performed the autopsy. I was not involved with the patient initially.”

Lawyer: “Well, are you even sure then, that he died in the emergency room.”

Doctor: “That is what the records indicate.”

Lawyer: “But if you weren’t there, how could you have pronounced him dead, having not seen or physically examined the patient at that time?”

Doctor: “The autopsy showed massive hemorrhaging in the chest area and that was the cause of death.”

Lawyer: “I understand that, but you were not actually present to examine the patient and pronounce him dead, isn’t that right?”

Doctor: “No, sir, I did not see the patient or actually pronounce him dead, but I did perform an autopsy and right now his brain is in a jar over at the county morgue. As for the rest of the patient, for all I know, HE COULD BE OUT PRACTICING LAW SOMEWHERE!!”

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Costello: Hey, Abbott!
Abbott: Yes, Lou?
Costello: I just got my first computer.
Abbott: That’s great Lou. What did you get?
Costello: A Pentium II-266, with 40 Megs of RAM, a 2.1 Gig
hard drive, and a 24X CD-ROM.
Abbott: That’s terrific, Lou
Costello: But I don’t know what any of it means!!
Abbott: You will in time.
Costello: That’s exactly why I am here to see you.
Abbott: Oh?
Costello: I heard that you are a real computer expert.
Abbott: Well, I don’t know-
Costello: Yes-sir-ee. You know your stuff. And you’re going
to train me.
Abbott: Really?
Costello: Uh huh. And I am here for my first lesson.
Abbott: O.K. Lou. What do want to know?
Costello: I am having no problem turning it on, but I heard
that you should be very careful how you turn it off.
Abbott: That’s true.
Costello: So, here I am working on my new computer and I want
to turn it off. What do I do?
Abbott: Well, first you press the Start button, and then-
Costello: No, I told you, I want to turn it off.
Abbott: I know, you press the Start button-
Costello: Wait a second. I want to turn it off. Off. I know
how to start it. So tell me what to do.
Abbott: I did.
Costello: When?
Abbott: When I told you to press the Start button.
Costello: Why should I press the Start button?
Abbott: To shut off the computer.
Costello: I press Start to stop.
Abbott: Well Start doesn’t actually stop the computer.
Costello: I knew it! So what do I press.
Abbott: Start
Costello: Start what?
Abbott: Start button.
Costello: Start button to do what?
Abbott: Shut down.
Costello: You don’t have to get rude!
Abbott: No, no, no! That’s not what I meant.
Costello: Then say what you mean.
Abbott: To shut down the computer, press-
Costello: Don’t say, “Start!”
Abbott: Then what do you want me to say?
Costello: Look, if I want to turn off the computer, I am
willing to press the Stop button, the End button
and Cease and Desist button, but no one in their
right mind presses the Start to Stop.
Abbott: But that’s what you do.
Costello: And you probably Go at Stop signs, and Stop at
green lights.
Abbott: Don’t be ridiculous.
Costello: I am being ridiculous? Well. I think it’s about
time we started this conversion.
Abbott: What are you talking about?
Costello: I am starting this conversation right now. Good-bye.

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Last summer, my husband, took me camping for the first time. At every opportunity, he passed along outdoor-survival lore. One day we got lost hiking in the deep woods. He tried the usual tactics to determine direction — moss on the trees (there was none), direction of the sun (it was an overcast day), etc., etc.

Just as I was beginning to panic, he spotted a small cabin off in the distance. He pulled out his binoculars, studied the cabin, turned and led us right back to our camp. “That was terrific,” I said. “How did you do it?” “Simple,” he replied. “In this part of the country all the TV satellite dishes point south.”

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Chocolate never keeps you waiting.
Chocolate doesn’t get jealous when you look at another chocolate bar.
You never have to buy a box of chocolates for a box of chocolates.
Chocolate doesn’t talk incessantly while you’re watching the football.
It doesn’t expect you to remember the anniversary of the first time you met.
Chocolate never tries to chat up your best friend.
Chocolate isn’t looking for a long term commitment.

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