What Did The Preacher Tell His Flock On St. Crispin’s Day?

(We happy ewes?)



Educational Reform

I don’t know about you, but I think the quality of signage in America is deteriorating at an alarming rate.  “No Shoes.  No Shirt.  No Service” used to be de riguer.   Last week, the waiter at Denny’s took me and my grand-kids aside to show me his new nipple clamp!!  Apres le deluge, I say!

The furniture store across the street from my therapist’s office has been “going out of business” for eleven years.  Should I help her get a good deal on a sofa, get it reupholstered, or get off the couch and make decisions for myself.   Therapy is a divan institution, isn’t it!

And what exactly is the implication here?

Across the bridge where I get the Metro, I can see this sign:

At first I thought I a was a pervert, ’cause I remembered “humping” as something we did deep into the Canarsie swamplands of Brooklyn on the rare days that Hank Shapiro got his dad’s car and Trina O’Sullivan would do her little dance for the astonished Yeshiva-boys like me who thought she was God’s gift to puberty.

I thought “humps” were activities teenaged boys resorted to they couldn’t get their pants, let alone themselves, off.

When did bumps become “humps”.

And what should we make of this sign?  Is it a warning that you’ve eaten too many Big Mac‘s and have to make a bee line to the crapper?

I had real problems with this sign.  My “critical” side kept saying, “Shouldn’t it be obvious that Germans aught-to-bahn this disgraceful digestive act?”   “But many will still forgive me, especially those living in the Black Forest“, his better self re–torted.

Yes; signs can be educational and informative.  Even humorous, if you have a mind for these things.  For example, here’s a Tour De France road sign describing Lance Armstrong‘s career in 2012:

Romneys In The N’ewes -or- Election’s Erections -or- Romneys Short Scrotum -or- ….


Shocked Sheeps !!
N Z Vet J. 2008 Dec;56(6):326-9
Can Romney lambs whose scrotums have been shortened by the use of a rubber ring be used as an alternative to vasectomised rams for inducing early breeding activity in Romney ewe lambs?



Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences                       Massey University, Private Bag 11222,                                                    Palmerston North, New Zealand.                        p.r.kenyon@massey.ac.nz



To determine if exposure to ram lambs whose scrotums had been shortened by the use of a rubber ring would induce reproductive activity in ewe lambs, and determine if this technique was an effective alternative to vasectomised mature rams.


Seven hundred and forty-nine Romney ewe lambs, 7-8 months of age, were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups. Treatments included exposure for 17 days prior to breeding to either mature vasectomised rams (Vasec), or ram lambs whose scrotums has been shortened via a rubber ring (Ram SS), or not being exposed to either vasectomised or short-scrotum ram lambs (Unteased). Using crayon marks, ewe lambs were identified as having been marked during the first 17 days only, during both 17-day periods, during the second 17 days only, or not marked. Hoggets were weighed on the day of introduction of entire rams. All ewe lambs were diagnosed for pregnancy status using ultrasound.


Unteased ewe lambs and those exposed to ram lambs whose scrotums had been shortened by the use of a rubber ring were less (p<0.05) likely to be marked and pregnant to the first 17 days of breeding than ewe lambs exposed to mature vasectomised rams. Twin-bearing ewe lambs were heavier (p<0.05) than their single-bearing counterparts at introduction of the rams.


Exposure of ewe lambs to mature vasectomised rams is an effective means of increasing the numbers of ewe lambs bred and pregnant to the first 17 days of breeding. In contrast, a 17-day exposure to ram lambs whose scrotums had been shortened by the use of a rubber ring, at the ratios utilised in the present study, were not a suitable alternative to mature vasectomised rams for inducing early breeding activity in ewe lambs.

[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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Anniversaries and Bananas

Loving You Has Made Me Bananas is a song composed and performed by Guy Marks and The Big Band Banditos.  It parodied music of the big band era with absurd lyrics:[1]

Oh, your red scarf matches your eyes
You closed your cover before striking
Father had the shipfitter blues
Loving you has made me bananas.

It was first released in 1968 on ABC Records[2] reaching #51 in the charts and again in 1978 reaching #25.[3][4]

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I sing it to my wife, each year, on our ann-adversity!!

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  1. ^ J. Jonathan Gabay, Gabay’s Copywriters’ Compendium: The Definitive Professional Writer’s Guide
  2. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/abc4211
  3. ^ Steven Otfinoski‎ (2000), The golden age of novelty songs
  4. ^ Paul Simpson (2003), The rough guide to cult pop‎, p. 23