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What have you learned from Dr. Seuss?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on March 2, 2007

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“To be happy and make the most out of life. His stories always had such a positive message.”

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“To be different and to be smart from the ‘Cat in the Hat.’”

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“That you don’t have to use real words. Using made-up words allows you to express your own creativity.”

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“That you should be willing to try green eggs and ham and other new experiences.”

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

R-I - Ahh. Just joking.

1st 1/3 - Really slow

2nd 1/3 - Real good

Last 1/3 - No payoff.

All in all, not overly impressed with the story but Brody and Lane are damn fine actors. Why is Lane always cast as a slut? Surely someone can find her a role. Affleck is a stiff as always. 3 out 5 stars. Mostly for the pretty good acting. Story/plot was sort of weak. I'm a bit young to know what was true or made up.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

T_O_B,

That hurts...

Toni did it...

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

"Never liked the endless repetition, the laziness of making up words so as to slavishly maintain a rhyme scheme, the bland, washed-out palette, the weird, creepy fact " Py

Are you talking about Dr. Seuss or R_I?

Thank you. I'll be here all night. Actually, I'm about to watch Hollywoodland with the wife. I'm a bit sketchy about Mr. Affleck but folks assure me it is good.

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Pywacket 7 years, 1 month ago

I don't even care about Dr Seuss's politics--I just find most of his stories aggravating. Never liked the endless repetition, the laziness of making up words so as to slavishly maintain a rhyme scheme, the bland, washed-out palette, the weird, creepy fact that all the cars, planes, rockets, machines, etc., had a disturbingly organic look to them--as if they were giant flying stomaches or racing spleens... Bleahh.

Sue's right--there are lots of other writers deserving of our attention and Shel Silverstein is at the top of that list.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 1 month ago

Hot Diggity!!! You bet them rockers be Canadian.

Ms_C, You rock!!

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ms_canada 7 years, 1 month ago

Heh Azure - you are in luck, Rush will be at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in K.C. on June 13. That got you an answer pretty quick, didn't it. I didn't know they were canadian.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

"Using these search terms brings up only the relevant post... ljworld.com T_O_B streisand"

Eeeekkkk!!!!

Thanks Bea and Ms Canada. I might pick that up via these interwebs tomorrow.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 1 month ago

This is true, and I do think a cozier venue is more suited to Gordon and I bet it would be a good, laid back show.

As for Canadian artists, Ms_C, does Rush tour anymore? I've been a fan since 2112. The 2112 tour was my 2nd concert. Chicago at Allen Field House was my first.

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ms_canada 7 years, 1 month ago

Right AA - he needs a huge venue. Gordon Lightfoot, good Canadian Ole Boy. Still good. Bea is right TOB Astral Weeks is a good album, if you can round it up somewhere.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 1 month ago

Nope, I was wrong. It's Gordon Lightfoot that's going to play at the Uptown. The Uptown would be a fairly small venue for Van's greatness.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 1 month ago

Yup, a big Van fan. I LOVE "In to the Mystic!!" I believe he's going to be in KC soon. I thought I heard he was going to be at the Uptown.

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Ceallach 7 years, 1 month ago

RI, breath in through the nose, out through the mouth. You're about to pop a gasket! No Seuss is worth it, just look away from his text.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

Posted by sunflower_sue "In all seriousness, why Dr. Seuss every year? Why can't we celebrate Shel Silverstein or Ogden Nash or some other great writer?"

I agree. Seuss is evil. He published porn: "The Seven Lady Godivas"

He wrote proletarian children's literature: In the Cat in the Hat, the cat creates a total ruckus, spreading a red stain all over the house, and eventually covering the yard with it as well. This red stain was Seuss's way of poking fun at anti-communists. An explosion in The Cat in the Hat looks suspiciously similar to an atomic mushroom cloud.

He rammed political messages down children's throats: "The Lorax"

He advocated bullying: If I Ran the Zoo - "A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!"

His wife was a subversive too: Do You Know What I'm Going to Do Next Saturday? -

"Did you ever beat more than one kid at a time? Well, I'm going to beat five kids at a time. And then I'm going to beat their fathers, too."

"Next Saturday I'll blow my head off. No one is going to stop me next Saturday."

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Gootsie 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey - i'm brown-eyed! And every day I sing, "sha na na na na na na na na na-na goodbye (?)"

La ti da.

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Ceallach 7 years, 1 month ago

ms_c, no surprise, my favorite is Brown-Eyed Girl :)

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

T_O_B,

I can not remember the search terms I used to originally find your answers that also brought up the blog site as a result...

Using these search terms brings up only the relevant post... ljworld.com T_O_B streisand

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beatrice 7 years, 1 month ago

TOB, try Morrison's "Astral Weeks." Came out a couple years before "Moondance," and it is just as good.

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Crossfire 7 years, 1 month ago

Stoners will buy the Cat's Hats.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

"Jizzle sayin' what is up, I am black, I am fly, and you know it, yup. Fo shizzle my biscuit homie, Get zown, get zee, get zoom zoom zee."

Yep. Just like me.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

sgt,

I think you should.
You only got 7.5 min...

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

R-I

Biscuit eating music in google produces this...

http://biscuitshizzle.com/radio.blog/

Probably not the type of music I prefer.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 1 month ago

I should hassle him about not crediting me. That might be amusing. "Why didn't you attach my pseudonym to my tongue-in-cheek comments?!"

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

T_O_B, I did a google search to find your answers to "Music for biscuit eating "...

Besides finding your answers; I also found the following... sgt, Damian666, jonas, and I were mentioned on two blogs.... (though sgt was not directly credited :(......) Wow, is this our 15 min of fame?

http://ballots.blogspot.com/2007/01/hasen-points-to-article-about-kansas.html Robbin Stewart, a voting rights advocacy attorney.

http://electionlawblog.org/archives/007638.html Richard Hasen a professor at Loyola Law School and nationally-recognized expert in election law.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 1 month ago

OK, cut and paste last month's post :)

In all seriousness, why Dr. Seuss every year? Why can't we celebrate Shel Silverstein or Ogden Nash or some other great writer? How about "What is your favorite poem from 'Where the Sidewalk Ends?'"

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from_beautiful_downtown_topeka 7 years, 1 month ago

Hmmm.....I don't know.....seems like it was just a few months back that there was an OTS question regarding "favorite Dr. Suess book".....or something like that.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 1 month ago

topeka, c'mon! It's been a whole year... just cut and paste last year's post.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 1 month ago

Ms_C, I'm a wee bit jealous you saw VM! "How long has this been going on," you may ask? Since I saw a brown eyed girl do a moondance. (I could go on but RI's spousal unit is not here to play...or is she?)

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

R_I - For as much as I like Moondance, I can't figure out why I don't own any other albums. It's a fine eating biscuit album but other dietary supplements were preferred. I'll have to dig it up.

Some yahoo sent me this. Quality.

http://nameoftheyear.blogspot.com/2007/03/2007-noty-preview.html

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acg 7 years, 1 month ago

I learned that when your parents are gone for the day and tell you to stay out of trouble, you should never let a cat wearing a hat into your house, regardless of how bored you may be and how entertaining said cat may seem.

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Shane Garrett 7 years, 1 month ago

Go Dogs! GO! Red Dogs, Blue Dogs Dogs in cars. Go Dogs Go!

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bsbfan4alex 7 years, 1 month ago

that if you want to win a bet badly enough you can write a fun (though annoying after awhile) book with only 50 unique words, called Green Eggs and Ham.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

T_O_B,

Van is quality. Back a while ago, you answered the question; "Favorite music to listen to while enjoying a biscuit?" Your answer... H. The Pixies E. Van Morrison I. Rush

I would put Van Morrison above the The Pixies, saving Rush for only when the kids were awake.

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ms_canada 7 years, 1 month ago

TOB -Yeah, that is a great album. Moondance, I believe is what made him. Yeh, and also Stoned Me. My husband's fav is Cleanin' Windows. I like when he does the Irish songs and the other night he did The Star of the County Down and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. A few years back I recorded a Chieftans show on TV and VM sang The Star of the County Down and I am delighted to watch and reverse that tape several times until I am satiated with the sound of his voice. RI - sorry about that, next time, eh?

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topekahawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I learned that if you go to the city of Boola Boo Ball on the banks of the beautiful River Woo-Wall, you will never have troubles! No troubles at all!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

ms canada, Damn, you went to VM and didn't invite me?

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

Ms Canada - I got an old Moondance cd laying around. Into The Mystic, And it Stoned Me, quality album. Can't say that I really know too many other of his albums.

I always butter my bread on the top.

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ms_canada 7 years, 1 month ago

"One of the best selling children's books of all time" quote from Richard Helm in The Edmonton Journal today. Imagine, 50 years old and still going strong. The Cat in the Hat. What did I learn? Not much, I'm afraid. Another oldie that is still going strong. VAN MORRISON - in our city Wed. night gave a truly great concert to a 12,000 strong audience in our gigantic Hockey arena. I never thought that I would get a chance to see him live. It was thrilling. Any VAN M. fans out there?

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 1 month ago

"That it doesn't matter what side you butter your bread on."...it will always land face down when dropped from the counter. Oh, sorry, I learned that from Beakman.

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local_support 7 years, 1 month ago

That it doesn't matter what side you butter your bread on.

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Centrist 7 years, 1 month ago

I learned that reading can be fun.

That's it.

Simple, isn't it?

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rhd99 7 years, 1 month ago

Always wear a hat in the cold & snow, & NEVER eat green eggs & ham, you know. (hehehe)

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 1 month ago

A_A, you could name them all George.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 1 month ago

If you have 23 sons, don't name them all Dave.

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TheOriginalCA 7 years, 1 month ago

I learned how to "Do it with a fox in a box"

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soothing_dragoon 7 years, 1 month ago

That "Dick and Jane" were not the only options!

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thanksforcoming 7 years, 1 month ago

I learned that there alot of fish in the sea.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 1 month ago

That...When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, THIS is what they call... a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottles paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!

(And that's about it!)

My kids made me read that hundreds of times. groan

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farmgirl 7 years, 1 month ago

I learned that Yertle should have been happy where he was.

And to not wear a hat.

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Gootsie 7 years, 1 month ago

well over 20? or

well, over 20... this comma placement can save your neck! ;)

You know being nice won't make me stop picking on you, don't you?

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useta 7 years, 1 month ago

Do you think Hop on Pop was drug related?

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consumer1 7 years, 1 month ago

Gootsie, you know what I say, "Just because I am on a diet, doesn't mean I can't look at the menu"...And what a fine menu. I count you among the very attractive women over. . . . Uh.... well over 20 in Lawrence.

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Gootsie 7 years, 1 month ago

Slow down, consumer1. One at a time.;)

friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! :D

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Ceallach 7 years, 1 month ago

Horton is my all time favorite, that's what I learned, that Horton is my favorite Dr. Seuss character.

TOB, I totally agree about the Grinch and would also like to add that I hated the way Hollywood turned the Cat into a disgusting weirdo in the Cat in a Hat movie.

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useta 7 years, 1 month ago

I learned how to count.... "one fish" "two fish" "red fish" "blue fish"

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Ken Miller 7 years, 1 month ago

That rhyming is fun. And you don't even have to be high.

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beatrice 7 years, 1 month ago

That curly, colorful things are cool.

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lmpaul 7 years, 1 month ago

It is so relaxing to "sit by the lake and look at the sky" (from "A Fly Went By"). My kids loved this book! Seuss inspired many children to read - and one intelligent reader is worth a thousand boneheads.

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Pywacket 7 years, 1 month ago

That there is a wide market for all manner of dreck.

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tim_hardaway 7 years, 1 month ago

i learned nothing at all im pretty sure he was a liberal and i "dislike" liberals !!!!!

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RonBurgandy 7 years, 1 month ago

I am not sure that I learned anything from Dr. Seuss.

I liked the Grinch movie, not as much as the cartoon though. But I am a sucker for holiday flicks.

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paladin 7 years, 1 month ago

That Life might be worth living after all. And that one can be happy as one wants to be.

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delegatezero 7 years, 1 month ago

That being high when you write is often times profitable and entertaining.

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Alfred_W 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh, and I forgot: Dr. Seuss and the Lorax taught me to be a tree-hugging evolutionist commie.

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consumer1 7 years, 1 month ago

I am part of the generation that missed Dr. Seuss, But, that NINA in the picutre if one fine looking woman.

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Alfred_W 7 years, 1 month ago

"Don't wear a better hat than the king.

(guess that one...)"

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, of course.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 1 month ago

Never try to strap antlers on your dog.

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trinity 7 years, 1 month ago

i like roast beast better than green eggs&ham.

friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! :D

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nudist 7 years, 1 month ago

clothes really make the person

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 1 month ago

Even a purveyor of porn can go on to write childrens books.

Just look at his book "The Seven Lady Godivas".

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 1 month ago

How to roll a J.

Sarge - No kidding. That Grinch movie made me want to beat people. Of course, I sort of dislike Jim Carrey, so I was a tad prejudiced going in. Ugh. The cartoon is great. Movie was very very very very to the 11th power bad.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 1 month ago

Ha. Christy, some of your professors may not share you word-creation philosophy. Just so you know.

Thanks to Dr. Suess, I learned that Horton has awesome hearing. And that you can have too many hats.

And that you should never, ever let the wrong people make a movie out of one of your classic books.

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75x55 7 years, 1 month ago

Don't wear a better hat than the king.

(guess that one...)

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inmate 7 years, 1 month ago

Not to get a star tattooed on my belly.

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jonas 7 years, 1 month ago

To not eat green eggs and ham, and to not trust people with an identity statement as part of their actual name.

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Gootsie 7 years, 1 month ago

That an elephant is faithful.....100%.

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