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The Canonical List of Steven Wright-isms

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Fluffy the Wonder Bunny

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Aug 29, 1991, 11:27:10 AM8/29/91
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OK, the following is a compilation of all the Steven Wright postings
on rec.humor. If you posted a Wrightism, pat yourself on the back
and repeat out loud these exact words, "This list is possible because
of me -- I'm simply amazing."

More than likely there are some Wrightisms out there that aren't in
this list (then I guess this list isn't Canonical after all), but
don't send them to me.

All quotes below have been reprinted without the express written consent
of Steven Wright, and so he'll probably sue my ass if he saw this, but
go ahead and reprint and distribute this anyway. He'll love ya for it!

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"It doesn't matter what temperature the room is,
it's always room temperature."

"I was an only child, eventually"

"I lost a button hole"

"I was skydiving horizontally"

"I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths."

"If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on
their feet, what happen if you strap toast on the back of a cat
and drop it?"

"On my walls I have pictures of the rooms on the second floor,
so I never have to go upstairs"

"I just redecorated my appartment. I put fake brick wallpaper
over a real brick wall... just so nobody would know"

"I bought some dehydrated water, but I don't know what to add to
it"

"I invented the cordless extension cord"

"When I was little, my grandfater used to make me stand in a
closet for 5 minutes without moving. He said it was elevator
practice"

"The other night I came home late, and tried to unlock my house
with my car keys. I started the house up. So, I drove it around
for a while. I was speeding, and a cop pulled me over. He asked
where I lived. I said, 'right here, officer'"

"I saw a sign at a gas station. It said 'help wanted'. There was
another sign below it that said 'self service'. So I hired
myself. Then I made myself the boss. I gave myself a raise. I
paid myself. Then I quit."

"A cop stopped me for speeding/ He said, 'Why were you going so
fast?' I said, 'See this thing my foot is on? It's called an
accelerator. When you push down on it, it sends more gas to the
engine. The whole car just takes right off. And see this thing
[mimes steering wheel]? This steers it'"

"Every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile for a
satellite picture."

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette
wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.

While I was gone, somebody rearranged on the furniture in my
bedroom. They put it in _exactly_ the same place it was.
When I told my roommate, he said: Do I know you?

When I have a kid, I want to buy one of those strollers for twins.
Then put the kid in and run around, looking frantic.

When he gets older, I'd tell him he used to have a brother,
but he didn't obey.

A child's mind is a terrible thing, ... not to fuck with!

"I went to the hardware store to buy some batteries....but they weren't
included....so I had to buy them again.

I had parked in the tow-away zone, and when I got back,
the entire neighborhood was gone."

"I had a friend who was a clown.. when he died, all his friends went to the
funeral in one car.."

"I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time."

"I got a dog and named him `Stay'. Now, I go `Come here, Stay!' After a
while the dog went insane and wouldn't move at all."

"I spilled Spot Remover on my dog....Now he's gone."

I have a map of the United States, it says scale: 1 mile =1
mile

I want to get a tatoo of myself on my entire body only 2"
taller.

I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to
age.

Last year for Christmas, I got a humidifier and a dehumidifier....
I thought I'd put them in the same room and let them fight it out.

I used to own an ant farm but had to give it up.....
I couldn't find tractors small enough to fit it.

I woke up this morning and couldn't find my socks, so I called
information. She said they were behind the couch. She was
right.

"I like to skate on the other side of the ice."

"My house is made out of balsa wood, so when I want to scare the
neighborhood kids I lift it over my head and tell them to get out
of my yard or I'll throw it at them."

"One time the power went out in my house and I had to use the flash
on my camera to see my way around. I made a sandwich and took fifty
pictures of my face. The neighbors thought there was lightning in my
house."

"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja-vue at the
same time. I think I've forgotten this before."

In my house there's this light switch that doesn't do anything. Every so often
I would flick it on and off just to check. Yesterday, I got a call from a woman
in Germany. She said, "Cut it out."

"I'm so hyper. (said with a very dull voice"

"Sponges grow in the ocean ... that *kills* me. I wonder how much deeper
they'd be if that didn't happen."

(some omitted....) ....the judge asked: "what do you plead?" I said "insanity.
your honour, who in their right mind would park in the
passing lane?"

"I met this wonderful girl at Macy's. She was buying clothes and I was putting
Slinkys on the escalator"

"Having sex with <name> is incredible. It's just like a concert. We throw
frisbees around the room. And when she wants more she lights a match..."

"I got pulled over by a cop, and he said, 'do you know the speed limit
here is 50 miles per hour?'. So I said, 'oh, that's OK, I'm not going
that far.'".

Someone sent me a postcard picture of the earth. On the back it
said, "Wish you were here."

Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the
precipitate.

"Did you sleep well?" "No, I made a couple of mistakes."

My dental hygienist is cute. Every time I visit, I eat a whole
package of Oreo cookies while waiting in the lobby. Sometimes
she has to cancel the rest of the afternoon's appointments.

My socks DO match. They're the same thickness.

I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that
means it's going to be up all night.

I have two very rare photographs. One is a picture of Houdini
locking his keys in his car. The other is a rare photograph of
Norman Rockwell beating up a child.

I stayed up all night playing poker with tarot cards. I got a
full house and four people died.

I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park
anywhere near the place.

I went to the hardware store and bought some used paint. It was
in the shape of a house. I also bought some batteries, but they
weren't included.

I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from
the statues that are in all the other museums.

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.

What's another word for Thesaurus?

When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great
parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask
me if I'm leaving.

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had
any firearms with me. I said, "Well, what do you need?"

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know
what to feed it.

I made a chocolate cake with white chocolate. Then I took it to
a potluck. I stood in line for some cake. They said, "Do you
want white cake or chocolate cake?" I said, "yes".

My aunt gave me a walkie-talkie for my birthday. She says if
I'm good, she'll give me the other one next year.

I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They
said, "What for?" I said, "I'm going to buy some sugar."

I eat swiss cheese from the inside out.

I bought a million lottery tickets. I won a dollar.

I got a chain letter by fax. It's very simple. You just fax a
dollar bill to everybody on the list.

I plugged my phone in where the blender used to be. I called
someone. They went "Aaaaahhhh..."

My friend Sam has one leg. I went to his house. I couldn't go
up the stairs.

The sun never sets on the British Empire. But it rises every
morning. The sky must get awfully crowded.

I brought a mirror to Lovers' Lane. I told everybody I'm
Narcissus.

You know how it is when you decide to lie and say the check is
in the mail, and then you remember it really is? I'm like that
all the time.

How many people does it take to change a searchlight bulb?

I was in the grocery store. I saw a sign that said "pet
supplies". So I did. Then I went outside and saw a sign that
said "compact cars".

The sky already fell. Now what?

I wear my heart on my sleeve. I wear my liver on my pant leg.

If you can wave a fan, and you can wave a club, can you wave a
fan club?

When I was in boy scouts, I slipped on the ice and hurt my
ankle. A little old lady had to help me across the street.

You know how it is when you're reading a book and falling
asleep, you're reading, reading... and all of a sudden you
notice your eyes are closed? I'm like that all the time.

My roommate got a pet elephant. Then it got lost. It's in the
apartment somewhere.

Smoking cures weight problems... eventually...

Yesterday I told a chicken to cross the road. It said, "what
for?"

I xeroxed my watch. Now I have time to spare.

I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in
only ten minutes.

I eat swiss cheese. But I only nibble on it. I make the holes
bigger.

I moved into an all-electric house. I forgot and left the porch
light on all day. When I got home the front door wouldn't open.

You know how it is when you go to be the subject of a psychology
experiment, and nobody else shows up, and you think maybe that's
part of the experiment? I'm like that all the time.

My friend Sally is a nudist. I went to her house. The closets
have no doors. The walls are covered with see-through
wallpaper.

Sally plays strip poker. Whenever she loses, she has to put
something on.

The sky is falling... no, I'm tipping over backwards.

Is "tired old cliche" one?

if you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a
joke?

It only rains straight down. God doesn't do windows.

The sign said "eight items or less". So I changed my name to
Les.

Yesterday I saw a chicken crossing the road. I asked it why.
It told me it was none of my business.

I rented a lottery ticket. I won a million dollars. But I had
to give it back.

In school, every period ends with a bell. Every sentence ends
with a period. Every crime ends with a sentence.

I xeroxed a mirror. Now I have an extra xerox machine.

I went to a garage sale. "How much for the garage?" "It's not
for sale."

I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart.

A beautiful woman moved in next door. So I went over and
returned a cup of sugar. "You didn't borrow this." "I will."

I had my coathangers spayed.

The Bermuda Triangle got tired of warm weather. It moved to
Alaska. Now Santa Claus is missing.

I went to a fancy french restaurant called "Deja Vu." The
headwaiter said, "Don't I know you?"

I had some eyeglasses. I was walking down the street when
suddenly the prescription ran out.

I got food poisoning today. I don't know when I'll use it.

I put my air conditioner in backwards. It got cold outside.
The weatherman on TV was confused. "It was supposed to be hot
today."

I was in a job interview and I opened a book and started
reading. Then I said to the guy, "Let me ask you a question.
If you are in a spaceship that is traveling at the speed of
light, and you turn on the headlights, does anything happen?"
He said, "I don't know." I said, "I don't want your job."

I was in the first submarine. Instead of a periscope, they had
a kaleidoscope. "We're surrounded."

I went camping and borrowed a circus tent by mistake. I didn't
notice until I got it set up. People complained because they
couldn't see the lake.

When I turned two I was really anxious, because I'd doubled my
age in a year. I thought, if this keeps up, by the time I'm six
I'll be ninety.

It's a fine night to have an evening.

Even snakes are afraid of snakes.

I can't stop thinking like this.

This isn't all true.

You know how it is when you're walking up the stairs, and you
get to the top, and you think there's one more step? I'm like
that all the time.

I put hardwood floors on top of wall-to-wall carpet.

Tinsel is really snakes' mirrors.

My grandfather gave me a watch. It doesn't have any hands or
numbers. He says it's very accurate. I asked him what time it
was. You can guess what he told me.

I spent all my money on a FAX machine. Now I can only FAX
collect.

If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know?

If God dropped acid, would he see people?

All the plants in my house are dead -- I shot them last nite. I
was teasing them by watering them with ice cubes.

When I was five years old I was on a merry go round. There was a
gunshot nearby. The horses stampeded. There I was running down
the street on a purple wooden horse.

I'm kinda tired. I was up all night trying to round off infinity.
Then I got bored and went out and painted passing lines on curved
roads.

Doin' a little work around the house. Putting hardwood floors
over wall-to wall carpeting. I put fake brick wallpaper over a
real brick wall, just so I'd be the only one who knew. People
come over and I'm gonna say Go ahead, touch it .. it feels real.

I don't like the sound of my phone ringing so I put my phone
inside my fish tank. I can't hear it, but every time I get a call
I see the fish go like this <<<>>><<>><<<<. I go down to the pet
store -- Gimme another ten guppies I got a lotta calls yesterday.

My girlfriend does her nails with white-out. When she's asleep, I
go over there and write misspelled words on them.

One night I walked home very late and fell asleep in somebody's
satellite dish. My dreams were showing up on TV's all over the
world.

I went to a general store. They wouldn't let me buy anything
specifically.

I was watching the superbowl with my 92 year old grandfather. The
team scored a touchdown. They showed the instant replay. He
thought they scored another one. I was gonna tell him, but I
figured the game HE was watching was better.

My school colors were clear. I'm not naked I'm in the band.

It's a good thing we have gravity or else when birds died they'd just
stay right up there. Hunters would be all confused.

I wrote a few children's books...not on purpose.

I wrote a song, but I can't read music so I don't know what it it.
Every once in a while I'll be listening to the radio and I say, "I think
I might have written that."

"So, do you live around here often?"

When I was a little kid we had a sand box. It was a quicksand box. I
was an only child....eventually.

(Referring to a glass of water:) I mixed this myself. Two parts H, one
part O. I don't trust anybody!

"I love to go shopping. I love to freak out salespeople. They ask me if
they can help me, and I say,' Have you got anything I'd like?' Then they
ask me what size I need, and I say, ' Extra medium.' "

I was reading the dictionary, I thought it was a poem about everything.

I saw a tree fall in the woods, and I didn't hear it.

If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?

I washed mud off of mud.

I took a baby shower.

I didn't get a toy train like the other kids, I got
a toy subway instead; you couldn't see anything but
every now and then you'd hear this rumbling noise go
by.

When I was a kid, I went to the store and ask the
guy, "Do you have any toy train schedules?"

When I was 8, I played little league. I was on first;
I stole third; I went straight across. Earlier that
week, I learned that the shortest distance between two points
was a direct line. I took advantage of that knowledge.

I couldn't find the remote to the remote.

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he gan get
me five.

"The other day I ... no wait, that wasn't me."

"You know how it feels when you're leaning back on a chair,
and you lean too far back, and you almost fall over backwards,
but then you catch yourself at the last second? I feel like that
all the time..."

There is a thin line between fishing and standing on
the shore looking like an idiot.

I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the
beaches of the world... perhaps you've seen it.... -Steven Wright

"I'm feeling kinda hyper..."

"And now, my imitation of bowling: [imitation of a ball rolling down a
lane, which abruptly stops after about 3 seconds] .... gutter."

I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the
gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone.

When I was a kid I had a friend who worked in a radio station. Whenever
we walked under a bridge, you couldn't understand what he said.

Then there's the story he tells about meeting the blond Chinese girl on a
bus who tells him all her problems. She says she is on her way to therapy,
because she is a nymphomaniac, but she only gets turned on by Jewish cowboys.
She then says, "By the way, what is your name." He says, "Hi, I'm
Bucky Goldstein."

I have a microwave fireplace in my house...The other night I laid down
in front of the fire for the evening in two minutes.

I once tried to commit suicide by jumping off a building...I changed my mind at
the last minute, so I just flipped over and landed on my feet. Two little
kittens nearby saw what happened and one turns to the other and says, "See,
that's how it's done."

WHY IS THE ALPHABET IN THAT ORDER? IS IT BECAUSE OF THAT
SONG?

I have a map of the United States...actual size. It says, "scale: 1 mile = 1
mile." I spent last summer folding it.

If you melt dry ice in a pool and go swimming, will you get wet?

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.

I'm moving to Mars next week, so if you have any boxes...

Power outage at a department store yesterday, Twenty people
were trapped on the escalators.

I like to skate on the other side of the ice ... I like to reminisce with
people I don't know ... I like to fill my tub up with water, then turn the
shower on and act like I'm in a submarine that's been hit ... And when I
get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then
sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I'm leaving.

I lost a button hole today.

Winny and I lived in a house that ran on static electricity...
If you wanted to run the blender, you had to rub balloons on your
head. If you wanted to cook, you had to pull off a sweater real quick...

Winny would spend all of his time practicing limbo... He got pretty
good... He could go under a rug...

All of the people in my building are insane. The guy above me designs
synthetic hairballs for ceramic cats. The lady across the hall tried
to rob a department store... with a pricing gun... She said, "Give
me all of the money in the vault, or I'm marking down everything in
the store..."

Last year we drove across the country... We switched on the driving...
every half mile... We had one cassette tape to listen to on the
entire trip........... I don't remember what it was...

One day, when I came home from work, I accidently put my car key in
the door of my apartment building... I turned it... and the whole
building started up.... So I drove it around.... A policeman stopped
me for going to fast... He said, 'Where do you live?'... I said,
'Right here'... Then I drove my building onto the middle of a
highway, and I ran outside, and told all of the cars to get the
hell out of my driveway.

I saw a close friend of mine the other day... He said 'Stephen, why
haven't you called me.... I said, "I can't call everyone I want...
my (new) phone has no 'five' on it."... He said, "How long have you
had it?"... I said, "I don't know... my calendar has no 'seven's on
it."

For a while I didn't have a car...I had a helicopter...no place to
park it, so I just tied it to a lamp post and left it running...

There's a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices...
in the back you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air...

I had to stop driving my car for a while...the tires got dizzy...

Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he
just whipped out a quarter?

The Stones, I love the Stones. I watch them whenever I can. Fred, Barney..

I got into an elevator at work and this man followed in after me...I
pushed '1' and he just stood there...I said 'Hi, where you going?' He
said, 'Phoenix.' So I pushed Phoenix. A few seconds later the doors
opened, two tumbleweeds blew in...we were in downtown Phoenix. I
looked at him and said 'You know, you're the kind of guy I want to
hang around with.' We got into his car and drove out to his shack in
the desert. Then the phone rang. He said 'You get it.' I picked it
up and said 'Hello?'...the other side said 'Is this Steven
Wright?'...I said 'Yes...' The guy said 'Hi, I'm Mr. Jones, the
student loan director from your bank...It seems you have missed your
last 17 payments, and the university you attended said that they
recieved none of the $17,000 we loaned you...we would just like to
know what happened to the money?' I said, 'Mr. Jones, I'll give it to
you straight. I gave all of the money to my friend Slick, and with it
he built a nuclear weapon...and I would appreciate it if you never called
me again.

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

I saw a man with a wooden leg, and a real foot.

I was going to commit suicide the other day, but I must not have been
serious because I brought a beach towel.

I replaced the headlights on my car with strobe lights. Now it looks
like I'm the only one moving.

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.

My friend has a baby. I'm recording all the noises he makes so later I can
ask him what he meant.

I got my driver's license photo taken out of focus on purpose. Now when
I get pulled over the cop looks at it [moving it nearer and farther, trying
to see it clearly].........and says 'Here, you can go.'

I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier
they wouldn't have to go so fast.

I used to be a bartender at the Betty Ford Clinic.

I put contact lenses in my dog's eyes. They had little pictures of cats
on them. Then I took one out and he ran around in circles.

I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography.

I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the
guy was locking the front door. I said, "Hey, the sign says you're
open 24-hours." He said, "Yea, but not in a row."

My neighbor has a circular driveway...he can't get out.

I was born by Ceasarian Section ... but not so you'd notice. It's just
that when I leave a house, I go out through the window.

After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?

My grandfather invented Cliff's Notes. It all started back in 1912 ...
well, to make a long story short ...

I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.

I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took and to the Gift
Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he
would know when to stop unwrapping.

I saw a small bottle of cologne and asked if it was for sale. She said its
"Free With Purchase." I asked her if anyone bought anything today.

I was going to tape some records onto a cassette, but I got the wires
backwards. I erased the all of the records. When I returned them to my
friend, he said, "Hey, these records are all blank."

I broke my arm trying to fold a bed... It wasn't the kind that folds.

I have an answering machine in my car. It says "I'm home now. But leave a
message and I'll call when I'm out."

I bought a self learning record to learn spanish, I turned it on and
went to sleep, the record got stuck, the next day I could only studder in
spanish.

I bought a house, on a one-way dead-end road;
I don't know how I got there.

I installed a skylight in my apartment....
The people who live above me are furious!

Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach... it
pisses me off! I'll go over to a little baby and say "What are you
doing here? You haven't worked a day in your life!"

My girlfriend asked me how long I was going to be gone on this tour. I
said "the whole time".

I can remember the first time I had to go to sleep. Mom said, "Steven,
time to go to sleep" I said "But I don't know how." She said, "It's real
easy. Just go down to the end of tired and hang a left." So I went down
to the end of tired, and just out of curiosity I hung a right. My mother
was there, and she said "I thought I told you to go to sleep."

I went to this restaurant last night that was set-up like a big buffet
in the shape of a ouigi board. You'd think about what kind of food you
want and the table would move across the floor to it.

One time a cop pulled me over for running a stop sign. He said "Didn't
you see the stop sign." I said "Yeah, but I don't believe everything I
read."

They say we're 98% water. We're that close to drowning... (picks up
his glass of water from the stool) ...I like to live on the edge...

I went to the eye doctor and found out I needed glasses for reading. So, I got
some flip-up contact lenses.

Four years ago..............no, it was yesterday.

I'd like to sing you a song now about my old girlfriend...It's called 'They'll
Find Her When the Leaves Blow Away 'Cause I'm Not Raking 'Til Spring.'

A friend of mine is into Voodoo Acupuncture. You don't have to go. You'll just
be walking down the street, and...........ooooohhhhhh, that's much better...

I have a hobby...I have the world's largest collection of sea shells. I keep it
scattered on beaches all over the world. Maybe you've seen some of it...

I got a new shadow. I had to get rid of the other one -- it wasn't doing
what I was doing.

The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing
in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree.

Sometimes I...No, I don't.

I used to be an airline pilot. I got fired because I kept locking the keys
in the plane. They caught me on an 80 foot stepladder with a coathanger.

I used to work at a health food store. I got fired for drinking straight
Bosco on the job.

Ever notice how irons have a setting for PERMANENT press? I don't get it...

If you take a oriental and turn him around so he faces west,
does he become disoriented?

I saw a want ad. "light housekeeping."
They said "Here, change this bulb." I said "I'll need some friends."

I forgot and left the lighthouse on all night. Next day the sun wouldn't rise.

I saw a vegetarian wearing a furry coat. so I looked closer.
it was made of grass.

The sun got confused about daylight savings. It rose twice.
Everything had two shadows.

"On the other hand, you have different fingers..."

========================= Fluffy the Wonder Bunny ============================
"Chiun, sometimes you can be a real pain in the ass!" > Remo
"That is because it is the shotest route to your brain!" > Williams
==============================================================================
"Get a life, you people! And move out of your parents' > William
basements! It's just a TV show, dammit! > Shatner, SNL
==============================================================================
Sex is not the answer, sex is the question. Yes is the answer.
==================== cadesj...@dahlia.waterloo.edu ========================

Alan Silverstein

unread,
Aug 30, 1991, 6:49:08 PM8/30/91
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> ...the following is a compilation of all the Steven Wright postings on
> rec.humor.

Now that I folded in a couple you had and I didn't, here's an even
BIGGER and BETTER collection (better because it's consistently
formatted, grouped into categories, etc.)

> More than likely there are some Wrightisms out there that aren't in this
> list (then I guess this list isn't Canonical after all), but don't send
> them to me.

If I'm really missing any, send them to me.

> All quotes below have been reprinted without the express written consent
> of Steven Wright, and so he'll probably sue my ass if he saw this, but
> go ahead and reprint and distribute this anyway. He'll love ya for it!

Right, don't sue me, sue that other guy. :-)

SOME AMUSING STEVE WRIGHT SAYINGS (and look-alikes)

From various sources, some from memory, grouped in a semi-random
way. I excluded just a few that I thought weren't very funny.
These are likely to have been modified in translation...

Last updated: 910830


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A friend of mine once sent me a post card with a picture of the
entire planet Earth taken from space. On the back it said,
"Wish you were here."

I'm moving to Mars next week, so if you have any boxes...

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.

Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.

--- banks ---

I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They
said, "What for?" I said, "I'm going to buy some sugar."

I saw a bank that said "24 Hour Banking", but I don't have that
much time.

--- museums ---

I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from
the statues that are in all the other museums.

I like to go to art museums and name the untitled paintings...
Boy With Pail... Kitten On Fire.

--- restaurants ---

I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So
I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

I went to this restaurant last night that was set up like a big
buffet in the shape of an Ouija board. You'd think about what
kind of food you want, and the table would move across the floor
to it.

There's a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices.


in the back you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air.

--- stores ---

I went to a general store. They wouldn't let me buy anything
specifically.

I worked in a health food store once. A guy came in and asked
me, "If I melt dry ice, can I take a bath without getting wet?"

I went to a 7-11 and asked for a 2x4 and a box of 3x5's. The
clerk said, "ten-four."

I was in the grocery store. I saw a sign that said "pet
supplies". So I did. Then I went outside and saw a sign that
said "compact cars".

I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got


there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, "Hey, the

sign says you're open 24 hours." He said, "Yes, but not in a
row."

I love to go shopping. I love to freak out salespeople. They


ask me if they can help me, and I say, "Have you got anything
I'd like?" Then they ask me what size I need, and I say, "Extra
medium."

I saw a small bottle of cologne and asked if it was for sale.
She said, "It's free with purchase." I asked her if anyone
bought anything today.

I met this wonderful girl at Macy's. She was buying clothes and
I was putting Slinkies on the escalator.

There was a power outage at a department store yesterday.


Twenty people were trapped on the escalators.

I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to


the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a
different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.

--- appliances ---

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put


them in the same room and let them fight it out.

Ever notice how irons have a setting for *permanent* press? I
don't get it...

I couldn't find the remote control to the remote control.

I invented the cordless extension cord.

--- telephones ---

I saw a close friend of mine the other day... He said,
"Stephen, why haven't you called me?" I said, "I can't call
everyone I want. My new phone has no five on it." He said,
"How long have you had it?" I said, "I don't know... my
calendar has no sevens on it."

I plugged my phone in where the blender used to be. I called
someone. They went "Aaaaahhhh..."

Today I dialed a wrong number... The other person said,
"Hello?" and I said, "Hello, could I speak to Joey?"... They
said, "Uh... I don't think so... he's only 2 months old." I
said, "I'll wait."

I don't like the sound of my phone ringing so I put my phone
inside my fish tank. I can't hear it, but every time I get a
call I see the fish go like this <<<>>><<>><<<<. I go down to

the pet store -- "Gimme another ten guppies, I got a lotta calls
yesterday."

--- apartments ---

My roommate got a pet elephant. Then it got lost. It's in the
apartment somewhere.

I installed a skylight in my apartment.... The people who live
above me are furious!

All of the people in my building are insane. The guy above me


designs synthetic hairballs for ceramic cats. The lady across
the hall tried to rob a department store... with a pricing
gun... She said, "Give me all of the money in the vault, or I'm
marking down everything in the store."

While I was gone, somebody rearranged on the furniture in my
bedroom. They put it in *exactly* the same place it was. When


I told my roommate, he said: "Do I know you?"

--- houses ---

In my house there's this light switch that doesn't do anything.
Every so often I would flick it on and off just to check.
Yesterday, I got a call from a woman in Germany. She said, "Cut
it out."

Doing a little work around the house. I put fake brick


wallpaper over a real brick wall, just so I'd be the only one

who knew. People come over and I'm gonna say, "Go ahead, touch
it... it feels real."

In my house on the ceilings I have paintings of the rooms
above... so I never have to go upstairs.

One time the power went out in my house and I had to use the
flash on my camera to see my way around. I made a sandwich and
took fifty pictures of my face. The neighbors thought there was
lightning in my house.

All the plants in my house are dead -- I shot them last night.


I was teasing them by watering them with ice cubes.

I have a microwave fireplace in my house... The other night I


laid down in front of the fire for the evening in two minutes.

Winny and I lived in a house that ran on static electricity...


If you wanted to run the blender, you had to rub balloons on
your head. If you wanted to cook, you had to pull off a sweater
real quick.

I bought a house, on a one-way dead-end road. I don't know how
I got there.

I went to the hardware store and bought some used paint. It was


in the shape of a house. I also bought some batteries, but they

weren't included. So I had to buy them again.

My house is made out of balsa wood, so when I want to scare the
neighborhood kids I lift it over my head and tell them to get
out of my yard or I'll throw it at them.

The other night I came home late, and tried to unlock my house


with my car keys. I started the house up. So, I drove it
around for a while. I was speeding, and a cop pulled me over.

He asked where I lived. I said, "right here, officer". Later,
I parked it on the freeway, got out, and yelled at all the cars,
"Get out of my driveway!"

My house is on the median strip of a highway. You don't really
notice, except I have to leave the driveway doing 60 MPH.

--- cars and driving ---

For a while I didn't have a car... I had a helicopter... no
place to park it, so I just tied it to a lamp post and left it

running... (slow glance upward)

I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights.
I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone.

I replaced the headlights in my car with strobe lights, so it


looks like I'm the only one moving.

I play the harmonica. The only way I can play is if I get my
car going really fast, and stick it out the window.

I put a new engine in my car, but forgot to take the old one
out. Now my car goes 500 miles per hour. The harmonica sounds
*amazing*.

I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left
earlier they wouldn't have to go so fast.

I had to stop driving my car for a while... the tires got
dizzy.

My neighbor has a circular driveway... he can't get out.

I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park
anywhere near the place.

I have an answering machine in my car. It says, "I'm home now.


But leave a message and I'll call when I'm out."

Last year we drove across the country. We switched on the


driving... every half mile... We had one cassette tape to

listen to on the entire trip... I don't remember what it was.

I saw a sign: "Rest Area 25 Miles". That's pretty big. Some
people must be really tired.

A cop stopped me for speeding. He said, "Why were you going so


fast?" I said, "See this thing my foot is on? It's called an
accelerator. When you push down on it, it sends more gas to the
engine. The whole car just takes right off. And see this

thing? This steers it."

I was going 70 miles an hour and got stopped by a cop who said,
"Do you know the speed limit is 55 miles per hour?" "Yes,
officer, but I wasn't going to be out that long..."

One time a cop pulled me over for running a stop sign. He said,
"Didn't you see the stop sign?" I said, "Yeah, but I don't
believe everything I read."

I got my driver's license photo taken out of focus on purpose.
Now when I get pulled over the cop looks at it (moving it nearer
and farther, trying to see it clearly)... and says, "Here, you
can go."

The judge asked, "What do you plead?" I said, "Insanity, your


honour, who in their right mind would park in the passing lane?"

When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great


parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask
me if I'm leaving.

Yesterday I parked my car in a tow-away zone... when I came
back the entire area was missing.

--- sleeping ---

I can remember the first time I had to go to sleep. Mom said,

"Steven, time to go to sleep." I said, "But I don't know how."


She said, "It's real easy. Just go down to the end of tired and
hang a left." So I went down to the end of tired, and just out
of curiosity I hung a right. My mother was there, and she said
"I thought I told you to go to sleep."

I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that


means it's going to be up all night.

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, "Did you
sleep good?" I said, "No, I made a few mistakes."

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.

One night I walked home very late and fell asleep in somebody's


satellite dish. My dreams were showing up on TV's all over the
world.

My girlfriend does her nails with white-out. When she's asleep,
I go over there and write misspelled words on them.

--- socks ---

I got up one morning and couldn't find my socks, so I called
Information. She said, "Hello, Information." I said, "I can't
find my socks." She said, "They're behind the couch." And they
were!

I went into this bar and sat down next to a pretty girl. She
looked at me and said, "Hey, you have two different colored
socks on." I said, "Yeah, I know, but to me they're the same
because I go by thickness."

--- records ---

I bought a self learning record to learn Spanish. I turned it
on and went to sleep; the record got stuck. The next day I
could only stutter in Spanish.

I was going to tape some records onto a cassette, but I got the

wires backwards. I erased all of the records. When I returned


them to my friend, he said, "Hey, these records are all blank."

--- fishing ---

Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a
dotted line. He caught every other fish.

There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore
looking like an idiot.

--- dogs ---

I bought a dog the other day... I named him Stay. It's fun to
call him... "Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!" He went
insane. Now he just ignores me and keeps typing.

I put contact lenses in my dog's eyes. They had little pictures
of cats on them. Then I took one out and he ran around in
circles.

The other day, I was walking my dog around my building... on
the ledge. Some people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm
afraid of widths.

I spilled spot remover on my dog. He's gone now.

--- chemistry ---

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the
precipitate.

(Referring to a glass of water:) I mixed this myself. Two


parts H, one part O. I don't trust anybody!

They say we're 98% water. We're that close to drowning...
(picks up his glass of water from the stool)... I like to live
on the edge...

I bought some powdered water, but I don't know what to add to it.

--- childhood ---

I was born by Caesarian section... but not so you'd notice.


It's just that when I leave a house, I go out through the
window.

When I was little, my grandfather used to make me stand in a
closet for five minutes without moving. He said it was elevator
practice.

I didn't get a toy train like the other kids. I got a toy
subway instead. You couldn't see anything, but every now and


then you'd hear this rumbling noise go by.

When I was a kid, I went to the store and asked the guy, "Do you


have any toy train schedules?"

When I was a little kid we had a sand box. It was a quicksand
box. I was an only child... eventually.

When I was five years old I was on a merry go round. There was
a gunshot nearby. The horses stampeded. There I was running
down the street on a purple wooden horse.

When I was eight, I played Little League. I was on first; I


stole third; I went straight across. Earlier that week, I
learned that the shortest distance between two points was a
direct line. I took advantage of that knowledge.

I used to own an ant farm but had to give it up. I couldn't


find tractors small enough to fit it.

My friend Winnie is a procrastinator. He didn't get his
birthmark until he was eight years old.

My school colors were clear. We used to say, "I'm not naked,


I'm in the band."

When I have a kid, I want to buy one of those strollers for


twins. Then put the kid in and run around, looking frantic.
When he gets older, I'd tell him he used to have a brother, but
he didn't obey.

Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the


beach... it pisses me off! I'll go over to a little baby and

say, "What are you doing here? You haven't worked a day in your
life!"

My friend has a baby. I'm recording all the noises he makes so


later I can ask him what he meant.

--- not-all-there ---

You know how it is when you're reading a book and falling
asleep, you're reading, reading... and all of a sudden you
notice your eyes are closed? I'm like that all the time.

Well, you know when you're rocking in a rocking chair, and you
go so far that you almost fall over backwards, but at the last
instant you catch yourself? That's how I feel all the time.

Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I


think I've forgotten this before.

Lots of comedians have people they try to mimic. I mimic my
shadow.

I got a new shadow. I had to get rid of the other one... it


wasn't doing what I was doing.

If you can't hear me, it's because I'm in parentheses.

Four years ago... no, it was yesterday.
Today I... No, that wasn't me.
Sometimes I... No, I don't.

--- suicide ---

I once tried to commit suicide by jumping off a building... I
changed my mind at the last minute, so I just flipped over and
landed on my feet. Two little kittens nearby saw what happened

and one turned to the other and said, "See, that's how it's
done."

I was going to commit suicide the other day, but I must not have


been serious because I brought a beach towel.

--- books ---

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about
everything.

What's another word for Thesaurus?

Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?

My grandfather invented Cliff's Notes. It all started back in

1912... Well, to make a long story short ...

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.

I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography.

I wrote a few children's books... not on purpose.

--- miscellaneous one-liners ---

After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

I broke my arm trying to fold a bed. It wasn't the kind that folds.


I like to reminisce with people I don't know.

I like to skate on the other side of the ice.

I lost a button hole today.

I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age.

I saw a man with a wooden leg, and a real foot.

I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.

I saw a tree fall in the woods, and I didn't hear it.

I took a baby shower.

I used to be a bartender at the Betty Ford Clinic.

I was skydiving horizontally.
I washed mud, off of mud.
I'm so hyper... (said with a very dull voice)


If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?

If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?

My VCR flashes 01:35, 01:35, 01:35, ...


"So, do you live around here often?"

Women... can't live with 'em... can't shoot 'em.


You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

--- miscellaneous ---

My dental hygienist is cute. Every time I visit, I eat a whole
package of Oreo cookies while waiting in the lobby. Sometimes
she has to cancel the rest of the afternoon's appointments.

One day I got on the usual bus, and when I stepped in, I saw the
most gorgeous blond Chinese girl... I sat beside her. I said,
"Hi," and she said, "Hi," and then I said, "Nice day, isn't
it?," and she said, "I saw my analyst today and he says I have a
problem." So I asked, "What's the problem?" She replied, "I
can't tell you. I don't even know you..." I said, "Well
sometimes it's good to tell your problems to a perfect stranger
on a bus." So she said, "Well, my analyst said I'm a
nymphomaniac and I only like Jewish cowboys... by the way, my
name is Denise." I said, "Hello, Denise. My name is Bucky
Goldstein..."

I got into an elevator at work and this man followed in after

me... I pushed "1" and he just stood there... I said, "Hi,


where you going?" He said, "Phoenix." So I pushed Phoenix. A
few seconds later the doors opened, two tumbleweeds blew in...

we were in downtown Phoenix. I looked at him and said, "You


know, you're the kind of guy I want to hang around with." We
got into his car and drove out to his shack in the desert. Then

the phone rang. He said, "You get it." I picked it up and
said, "Hello?"... The other side said, "Is this Steven
Wright?"... I said, "Yes..." The guy said, "Hi, I'm Mr.
Jones, the student loan director from your bank. It seems you


have missed your last 17 payments, and the university you

attended said that they received none of the $17,000 we loaned
you. We would just like to know what happened to the money?" I


said, "Mr. Jones, I'll give it to you straight. I gave all of
the money to my friend Slick, and with it he built a nuclear

weapon... and I would appreciate it if you never called me
again."

The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a


rabbit standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on
a tree.

I had a dream that all the victims of The Pill came back...
boy, were they mad!

The Stones, I love the Stones. I watch them whenever I can.

Fred, Barney...

I like to fill my tub up with water, then turn the shower on and
act like I'm in a submarine that's been hit.

It doesn't matter what temperature the room is, it's always room
temperature.

I have two very rare photographs. One is a picture of Houdini


locking his keys in his car. The other is a rare photograph of
Norman Rockwell beating up a child.

I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it


on all the beaches of the world... perhaps you've seen it.

I went to the eye doctor and found out I needed glasses for


reading. So, I got some flip-up contact lenses.

Winny would spend all of his time practicing limbo. He got
pretty good. He could go under a rug.

I filled out an application that said, "In Case Of Emergency
Notify". I wrote "Doctor"... What's my mother going to do?

I had just received my degree in Calcium Anthropology... the
study of milkmen.

He was a multi-millionaire. Wanna know how he made all of his
money? He designed the little diagrams that tell which way to
put batteries in.

I stayed up all night playing poker with tarot cards. I got a
full house and four people died.

A friend of mine is into Voodoo Acupuncture. You don't have to


go. You'll just be walking down the street, and...

ooooohhhhhh, that's much better...

I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends


went to the funeral in one car.

I'd like to sing you a song now about my old girlfriend. It's
called, "They'll Find Her When the Leaves Blow Away 'Cause I'm
Not Raking 'Til Spring."

My girlfriend asked me how long I was going to be gone on this
tour. I said, "the whole time."

It's a good thing we have gravity, or else when birds died


they'd just stay right up there. Hunters would be all confused.

The sun got confused about daylight savings time. It rose


twice. Everything had two shadows.

I wrote a song, but I can't read music so I don't know what it
is. Every once in a while I'll be listening to the radio and I


say, "I think I might have written that."

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had


any firearms with me. I said, "Well, what do you need?"

Some people think George is weird, because he has sideburns
behind his ears. I think George is weird, because he has false
teeth. with braces on them. George is a radio announcer, and
when he walks under a bridge... you can't hear him talk.

If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on
their feet, what happen if you strap toast on the back of a cat
and drop it?

I saw a sign at a gas station. It said "help wanted". There


was another sign below it that said "self service". So I hired
myself. Then I made myself the boss. I gave myself a raise. I
paid myself. Then I quit.

Every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile
for a satellite picture.

I used to be an airline pilot. I got fired because I kept


locking the keys in the plane. They caught me on an 80 foot
stepladder with a coathanger.

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the


roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.

I have a map of the United States... actual size. It says,
"Scale: 1 mile = 1 mile." I spent last summer folding it. I
also have a full-size map of the world. I hardly ever unroll it.

Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that
he just whipped out a quarter?

I want to get a tatoo of myself on my entire body, only 2"
taller.

I'm kinda tired. I was up all night trying to round off
infinity. Then I got bored and went out and painted passing
lines on curved roads.

This is my impression of a bowling ball... (drags the mike
along the floor, then lifts it)... gutter...

I was watching the Superbowl with my 92 year old grandfather.


The team scored a touchdown. They showed the instant replay.
He thought they scored another one. I was gonna tell him, but I

figured the game *he* was watching was better.

I owed my friend George $25. For about three weeks I owed it to
him. The whole time I had the money on me -- he didn't know it.
Walking through New York City, 2:30 in the morning and got held
up. He said, "Gimme all your money." I said, "Wait a minute."
I said, "George, here's the 25 dollars I owe you." The the
thief took a thousand dollars out of his own money and he gave
it to George. At gunpoint made me borrow a thousand dollars
from George.
___________________________________

From: ro...@mentor.com (Rod Schmidt)
Date: 22 Jan 1990
Subject: FAKE Steven Wright jokes [original; edited]
Newsgroups: rec.humor

Here are my categories, with examples (his):

ENGLISH:

I had some eyeglasses. I was walking down the street when
suddenly the prescription ran out.

I got food poisoning today. I don't know when I'll use it.

REVERSALS / SYMMETRY:

I put my air conditioner in backwards. It got cold outside.
The weatherman on TV was confused. "It was supposed to be hot
today."

I was in a job interview and I opened a book and started
reading. Then I said to the guy, "Let me ask you a question.
If you are in a spaceship that is traveling at the speed of
light, and you turn on the headlights, does anything happen?"
He said, "I don't know." I said, "I don't want your job."

SIMILARITY / ANALOGY:

I was in the first submarine. Instead of a periscope, they had
a kaleidoscope. "We're surrounded."

I went camping and borrowed a circus tent by mistake. I didn't
notice until I got it set up. People complained because they
couldn't see the lake.

WRONG METHODS / REASONS / MECHANISMS:

When I turned two I was really anxious, because I'd doubled my
age in a year. I thought, if this keeps up, by the time I'm six
I'll be ninety.

Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how
much deeper the ocean would be if that didn't happen.

IDEMPOTENCE / ADDITION OF EFFECTS (REPETITION):

I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in
time.

It's a fine night to have an evening.

Even snakes are afraid of snakes.

SELF:

I can't stop thinking like this.

This isn't all true.

You know how it is when you're walking up the stairs, and you
get to the top, and you think there's one more step? I'm like
that all the time.

NAAAHH:

I put hardwood floors on top of wall-to-wall carpet.

Tinsel is really snakes' mirrors.

TRIVIALIZATION:

Two babies were born on the same day at the same hospital. They
lay there and looked at each other. Their families came and
took them away. Eighty years later, by a bizarre coincidence,
they lay in the same hospital, on their deathbeds, next to each
other. One of them looked at the other and said, "So. What did
you think?"

My grandfather gave me a watch. It doesn't have any hands or
numbers. He says it's very accurate. I asked him what time it
was. You can guess what he told me.

___________________________________

These are "fake" Steve Wright sayings, by Rod Schmidt:

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know
what to feed it.

I made a chocolate cake with white chocolate. Then I took it to
a potluck. I stood in line for some cake. They said, "Do you

want white cake or chocolate cake?" I said, "Yes".

My aunt gave me a walkie-talkie for my birthday. She says if
I'm good, she'll give me the other one next year.

I eat swiss cheese from the inside out.

I had amnesia once or twice.

I bought a million lottery tickets. I won a dollar.

I got a chain letter by fax. It's very simple. You just fax a
dollar bill to everybody on the list.

My friend Sam has one leg. I went to his house. I couldn't go
up the stairs.

The sun never sets on the British Empire. But it rises every
morning. The sky must get awfully crowded.

I brought a mirror to Lovers' Lane. I told everybody I'm
Narcissus.

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer
thinks he can get me five.

You know how it is when you decide to lie and say the check is
in the mail, and then you remember it really is? I'm like that
all the time.

How many people does it take to change a searchlight bulb?

The sky already fell. Now what?

I wear my heart on my sleeve. I wear my liver on my pant leg.

I still have my Christmas Tree. I looked at it today. Sure
enough, I couldn't see any forests.

If you can wave a fan, and you can wave a club, can you wave a
fan club?

When I was in boy scouts, I slipped on the ice and hurt my
ankle. A little old lady had to help me across the street.

If you write the word "monkey" a million times, do you start to
think you're Shakespeare?

Smoking cures weight problems... eventually...

I had fried octopus last night. You have to be really quiet
when you eat it. Otherwise, it emits a cloud of black smoke and
falls on the floor.

Yesterday I told a chicken to cross the road. It said, "what
for?"

I xeroxed my watch. Now I have time to spare.

I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in
only ten minutes.

I eat swiss cheese. But I only nibble on it. I make the holes
bigger.

I moved into an all-electric house. I forgot and left the porch
light on all day. When I got home the front door wouldn't open.

I got a garage door opener. It can't close. Just open.

You know how it is when you go to be the subject of a psychology
experiment, and nobody else shows up, and you think maybe that's
part of the experiment? I'm like that all the time.

I went over to the neighbor's and asked to borrow a cup of salt.
"What are you making?" "A salt lick."

There aren't enough days in the weekend.

My friend Sally is a nudist. I went to her house. The closets
have no doors. The walls are covered with see-through
wallpaper.

Sally plays strip poker. Whenever she loses, she has to put
something on.

The sky is falling... no, I'm tipping over backwards.

Droughts are because god didn't pay his water bill.

Is "tired old cliche" one?

If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a
monkey?

if you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a
joke?

It only rains straight down. God doesn't do windows.

When I get bored I go to a Seven-Eleven and ask for a
two-by-four and a box of three-by-fives.

The sign said "eight items or less". So I changed my name to
Les.

Yesterday I saw a chicken crossing the road. I asked it why.
It told me it was none of my business.

I rented a lottery ticket. I won a million dollars. But I had
to give it back.

In school, every period ends with a bell. Every sentence ends
with a period. Every crime ends with a sentence.

I xeroxed my watch. Now I can give away free watches.

I xeroxed a mirror. Now I have an extra xerox machine.

I took a course in speed reading. Then I got Reader's Digest on
microfilm. By the time I got the machine set up, I was done.

Yesterday I found out what doughnuts are for. You put them on
doughbolts. They hold dough airplanes together. For kids, they
make erector sets out of play-dough.

I went to a haunted house, looked under the kitchen table, and
found spirit gum.

I went to a garage sale. "How much for the garage?" "It's not
for sale."

I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart.

I know the guy who writes all those bumper stickers. He hates
New York.

A beautiful woman moved in next door. So I went over and
returned a cup of sugar. "You didn't borrow this." "I will."

I had my coathangers spayed.

I washed a sock. Then I put it in the dryer. When I took it
out, it was gone.

The Bermuda Triangle got tired of warm weather. It moved to
Alaska. Now Santa Claus is missing.

I went to a fancy french restaurant called "Deja Vu." The
headwaiter said, "Don't I know you?"

Last week I forgot how to ride a bicycle.

I took lessons in bicycle riding. But I could only afford half
of them. Now I can ride a unicycle.
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And here's one from are...@cvl.umd.edu (Andrew Arensburger):

I spent all my money on a FAX machine. Now I can only FAX
collect.

And from cth@hpfcso (CT Hart):

What are imitation rhinestones?

If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?

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