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What is your favorite fairy tale?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 10, 2011

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Little Red Riding Hood.’ There are so many versions of it. The original is really grim.”

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“‘Sleeping Beauty’ or ‘Beauty and the Beast.’”

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“It’s definitely ‘Rapunzel.’”

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riverdrifter 3 years, 2 months ago

Snow Goose and the Seven Sea-Daddies...

rats 3 years, 2 months ago

That the Journal World question "On the Street" is actually asked when they say it is. I then ask how there can be daylight at midnight, and my Grandpa closes the storybook and says that the Journal World is special and magic, and the sun is out only for them...

Pitt_Mackeson 3 years, 2 months ago

"How to save the Economy" by Barack Obama. Got a lot of laughs out of that one.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

The one about Jack and Jill. Yeah. We all know that was B.S. Nobody goes uphill to get water, water flows downhill. I'm thinkin' a "tumble" was exactly what they went up there for.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

And the old lady that swallowed a fly? Ended up swallowing a horse and croakin'? Sounds like a heroin overdose to me.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

How could I ever forget 'Poor Old Lady'? It's in one of my favorite books from grade school! My copy of it is starting to disintegrate, since it was not printed on acid free archival paper. I'm looking at it right now, and I think you might be right about the allegorical reference to heroin. I never realized what the poem really meant until you pointed it out just now.

It all started with the gateway drug of a fly. Then, her drug usage became worse and worse as time passed, until she finally died of a heroin overdose. When I was young, I didn't know that "horse" is a reference to "smack", which is also known as "heroin". Most of the young readers of the poem are not aware of that. The poem is pretty long, this is the last two verses of it:

Poor old lady, she swallowed a horse.
She died, of course.

Ron takes his pills.
They don't help much.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

How 'bout that lady that had all those kids and lived in a shoe? "She didn't know what to do." I say she knew exactly what to do. Didn't involve wearing shoes either. Or much of anything else.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

About 1980 or so, I saw a movie titled: 'Fairy Tales'. I don't remember very much of it because all of us were talking too much, and not paying much attention to the rather silly X rated movie.

But I do remember the Madame that lived in a great big shoe. And it wasn't kids she was living with.

Scott Morgan 3 years, 2 months ago

Gotta love those three little pigs. Need them back, folks are building houses out of straw again.

irvan moore 3 years, 2 months ago

how about the one where turner gill talks about turning the football progrsm around

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Judith Chapter 9, verse 2 is pretty wild! I'm very sure that's happened many times.

jonas_opines 3 years, 2 months ago

Curious if I was gonna be early enough to beat the political trolls, but clearly I was too late once I decided to go to sleep last night.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Well yes, that and a couple of pesky things called history and reality.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Have you noticed that I never comment on taxation issues? I don't do that because I am aware of the limits of my knowledge base.

As far as this particular comment goes, Obama faced a history that was not of his own making. It takes a great deal of time to correct errors made in the past, certainly more than three years.

That's the reality of the situation that President Obama is facing now.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

I was thinking more about the two or possibly three wars we are involved in. (Does Libya count?) We as a nation are stuck with them now, and I believe that there has been tremendous mistakes made in the past that has led to this situation. Well, maybe that's a stupid statement to make, because it's so obvious now, looking back.

I think that besides the cost in human lives and injuries, they are quite likely the basis of a lot of other problems.

If it wasn't for the two wars we are in now, the total Federal Debt would be only about two thirds it is now, and the taxation issue would not be nearly the burden that it will have to be in the future.

I am including inflation as part of that assessment, which is a hidden tax that politicians like to use because it's not obvious to so many.

rockchalker52 3 years, 2 months ago

Haw! I think the Autster gotcha, prospector.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Genesis Chapter 3, verse 19: "In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Is that the "fairy tale" you were referring to, autie?

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

"autie is going to hell!"

I wouldn't worryboutit. I figure wherever we end up we'll be hookin' up with a lots of old friends.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” - Mark Twain

"In Heaven all the interesting people are missing." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Do you make a distinction between that and the drivel that is daily spewed forth on this forum?

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Oh, now I get it! I thought you were referring to the Old Testament at first glance. I'm not very good at recognizing acronyms unless they are my own. For example, see my response to RoeDapple's posting about "Thick Skull" farther down on the page.

scopi_guy 3 years, 2 months ago

Snow White and the Seven Suppositories

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

"excrement discharged from the intestines."

That's a much more obtuse way of stating that, autie.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Although, it probably does not have quite the colloquialistic connotations that you implied.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

Said Antonym . . . a fictitious character with multiple (former) personalities as he/sh/it banters aimlessly . . .

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

That there autie must use more fingers to type than ole Roe, he beat me toit

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

This ain't North Korea, ya know. Just sayin'

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

It could be. It all depends on how you spell it.

I once heard of a man who inherited a large fortune, contingent upon him changing his name. So he legally changed his name, but not its pronunciation.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

I thinks Antonym is just lonely and wants to be included. What say guys? (might wanna figger out who he/sh/it is/was though . . .)

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

I dunno 'bout that. You know who makes those decisions!

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

If you were included, you would know all about it. Those of us who are invited know exactly what RoeDapple is referring to.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1. A personality style characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and inhibition. 2. Psychiatry. A neurosis characterized by persistent intrusion of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or the performance of actions, as repeated hand-washing, that one is unable to stop (compulsions).

There are three kinds of treatments available to help individuals with OCD: 1) Medication 2) Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) 3) Shutting off the computer

rockchalker52 3 years, 2 months ago

"...bantering aimlessly over nothingness."

I'll bet Antonym is posting in code & means just the opposite. Gather the regents & take a vote. If we're to expand this conference let's also consider the sister institutions - syno & homo.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

He's possibly an Electrical Engineering student taking a course in Electromagnetics, in which case he might be obliquely referring to the attraction or repulsion between positive charges and negative charges.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

He be figurin' it out soon enough. The OTS is here primarily so as to keep some of us from clutterin' up the rest of the internet. Hey, I welcome all comments, good or bad! Always better to be pi$$ed off than pi$$ed on, ya know!

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

Looks like it's turnin' into "The Antonym Show"!! That oughta get him/her/it smilin'

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

CRAP: Condoms Rarely Alleviate Priapism.

FlintlockRifle 3 years, 2 months ago

Dam, Red Riding Hood is a fairy tail, Tell me it's not a fairy tail grandma

rockchalker52 3 years, 2 months ago

prospector, Autie said "Weren't those on Underdog? I remember them well."

Doncha think there mighta been a wee bit of facetiousness there? particularly the "remember them well" part?

I'm gonna need a clarification from the other participant. either way, thanx for posting it. them things iz friggin' funny.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

That is because the human papillomavirus is spread that way. But there is also another cancer that is often found in conjunction with an infection with human papillomavirus.

Remember Farrah Fawcett?

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Really? I thought it was because we are all calloused and have warts.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

I have a birthmark on my toe. I think that was because my mother ate a strawberry before I was born.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

Ah! Dialogue. Progress is being made. Hope springs eternal.

Alexander Pope was a wise man . . .

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

I thought fairy tales were nice until I found out my mother had prettied them up for me.

And Cinderella does not live happily ever after.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Have you ever seen the 'Cinderella' movie? I've seen it twice in a theater, and it sure does give Cinderella's "fairy" godmother a whole new meaning. I didn't know it really actually happened like this: 'Cinderella' (1977) Director: Michael Pataki Cast: Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, Sy Richardson, Brett Smiley You can purchase the complete DVD on Ebay, as well as on the link provided.

"I couldn't go in these rags anyway..." - Cinderella

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

Hadn't seen that one---thanks for the info. I did see a made-for-TV where Cinders became enlightened (liberated, feminist), turned down the prince and went off on her own to do liberated things. I liked it.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

The joke in 'Cinderella' (1977) that falls flat on modern audiences is about Ripple, because that brand of wine is no longer being sold.

You'd have to remember Ripple, also remember it sold for $0.26 a bottle in 1973, and watch the whole movie through to catch that one, though!

And the reason I know that exact price is because I bought a bottle of it on my first (underage) trip to a liquor store.

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

My preference was for Cold Duck. It was more upscale---a buck 29 I think. Do they make that anymore? Made a few guys look more princely than they were. That and the stuff I can't talk bout.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Oh, c'mon. You can tell us! The statute of limitations is seven years, so you are home free now!

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

That plankton in Galveston Bay sure was awful purdy and colorful and lots of stars in the sky and in the sea and the dwarf in the backseat said I could take the whole thing and then I don't remember anything after that until the next evening.

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

I thought the photographs would come out all colorful and purdy too, but they was all black.

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

Then Mama took my Kodachrome away and that other stuff too cause she didn't think they were nice fairy tales. And the dwarf never turned into a prince neither.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

"This does not appear to be a place one would find thin skin."

Prolly not.

I have been told I have a thick skull though . . .

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

RoeDapple, maybe you were never told what T H I C K. S K U L L. means. I suppose it's about time someone did.

The Humor Is Clearly Kinky. Some Kansans Unload Loads Licentiously.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Да, Natasha было очень желательно.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Борис, вы делаете меня горяче!

rockchalker52 3 years, 2 months ago

Prospector & autie, it looks like I done went & pulled my own leg. That was badinov but now I haz to find a lift for the other shoe. Natasha is a vixen of the first order.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

No, no, no. Not that far back on the Wayback Machine!

rockchalker52 3 years, 2 months ago

Are turkey fries tasty? We are having stir fry tonite. Just got back from the store where I bought some soy sauce...and a pair of New Balance. I stopped by the tailor to check on my new suit. He said it'd be a while, seems that Ron has all the thread.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Oh, I've been working down the comment thread, and I finally got down far enough to see that. I'm in manic mode, can't you tell?

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

"If you could ever learn to use your brains, you could take over the world." - Mr. Brown, my 7th grade math teacher.

RoeDapple 3 years, 2 months ago

I've tried the New Balance. Soy sauce won't help . . .

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

There, now that I've worked through everyone else's favorite fairy tale, It's my turn.

"There are medications that will help."

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

You misunderstood. He said something about getting them off.

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 2 months ago

Ironically it is a toss up between religion and communism.

parrothead8 3 years, 2 months ago

That the Republicans care about the middle class.

bornon7 3 years, 2 months ago

Do any of you frequent posters have jobs....or a life?!

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

"The fool wonders, the wise man asks." - Benjamin Disraeli

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

That doesn't mean he's going to get an answer, though.

rockchalker52 3 years, 2 months ago

bornon7, I cain't say it better than autie did:

"What I cain't figure Roe, is why does somebody sign on and come to the OTS to critize and insult about all of our nothingness and banter and what not...but keep coming back? If anti don't like it so much, don't click on it. Nobody is making you read our nonsense."

goes for you, too, mister/missy/itsy

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

You should get a job as a waiter. Rich people almost always leave food on their plates, and sometimes they even tip!

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