RALPH'S SORE TROUT . …& OTHER FISHY EXCUSES
Ever stay home from school because of a hurtin' fish?
Yep, some guy named Ralph missed school one day, and came in the next morning with this note from his mom:
"Ralph was absent yesterday because he had a sore trout."
No kidding. That's what the note said.
There are more. Check out these actual written excuses from parents:
"Please excuse Joyce from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday she fell off a tree and misplaced her hip." (I sure hope she finds it before the prom!)
"Please excuse John from being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33." (I hate those lo-o-o-ng winter months!)
"Chris will not be in school today because he has an acre in his side." (Wow! Talk about growing pains!)
"John has been absent because he had two teeth taken off his face." (I hope he wasn't wearing braces!)
"My son is under the doctor's care and should not take fizical ed. Please execute him." (Ouch!)
"Please excuse Johnnie for being. It was his father's fault." (Blame it on Dad!)
"Please excuse Ray from school. He has very loose vowels." (But I hear his consonants are doing just fine!)
"George was absent yesterday because he had a stomach." (I suppose he had some vowels too, but I guess they're OK!)
"Please excuse Sara for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot." (Thanks a lot, Mom!)
THIS JOB IS THE PITS!
Next time you even think about griping about your job, just think of Lori Schalke.
Her job literally stinks.
Officially, Lori is a "sensory consultant" for Helene Curtis' deodorant testing team. What that means is simple: Lori sniffs armpits for a living.
Yep. Every two hours, Lori smells the pits of 60 volunteers, taking three sniffs per pit. She rates them on a scale of 0 to 10, according to the presence of fragrance from the deodorant—and the presence of, umm, malodor. (Yeah, that means "stench"!)
Says Lori, "It's very draining, really."
WHAT'S A RINGO, ANYWAY
From the things-we-wish-we'd-never-said category:
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
Who said it? A bigwig at the Decca Recording Company, in 1962. And who was he talking about? The Beatles!
I wonder how long that guy kept his job . …
Speaking of the Beatles, how much do you know about the Fab Four?
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1) What was Ringo Starr's real name?
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