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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Harvard University

The First celebrity victim of e-coli in spinach.

Harvard University.

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President's outer office.

The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard, probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge.

We'd like to see the president," the man said softly.

"He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped.

"We'll wait," the lady replied. For hours the secretary ignored them,
hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away.

They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to
disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always dreaded.

Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him.

He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.

The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed.

My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him somewhere on campus."

The president wasn't touched. He was shocked. "Madam," he said, gruffly, "we can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."

"Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and
homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly
idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now.

The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don't we just start our own?"

Her husband nodded.

The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.

Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.

A TRUE STORY By Malcolm Forbes

Indian Mating Season.

Two Indians and a West Virginia Hillbilly were walking through
the woods.

All of a sudden one of the Indians ran up a hill to the mouth of
a small cave."Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!"he called into the cave and
listened until he heard an answering, "Wooooo! Wooooo! Woooooo!"
He then tore off his clothes and ran into the cave.

The Hillbilly was puzzled and asked the remaining Indian what it
was all about. "Was the other Indian crazy or what?" The Indian replied "No, It is our custom during mating season when Indian men see cave, they holler ' Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo! ' into the opening. If they get an answer back, it means there's a beautiful woman in there waiting for us."

Just then they came upon another cave. The second Indian ran up
to the cave, stopped, and hollered, "Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!" Immediately, there was the answer. "Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!" from deep inside. He also tore off his clothes and ran into the opening.

The Hillbilly wandered around in the woods alone for a while, and
then spied a third large cave. As he looked in amazement at the size of the huge opening, he was thinking, "Hoo, man! Look at the size of this cave! It is bigger than those the Indians found. There must be some really big, fine women in this cave!" He stood in front of the opening and hollered with all his might "Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!"

Like the others, he then heard an answering call,
With a gleam in his eye and a smile on his face, he raced into
the cave, tearing off his clothes as he ran.

The following day, the headline of the local newspaper read....



Tan Lucy Pez said...

Too too funny! Love it.

Hale McKay said...

I really liked the Harvard-Stanford connection. I 'd never heard it before.

The joke had to be a West Virginia hillbilly, didn't it? Oh well, this West Virginia hillbilly is used to it.

Margaret said...

The President of Harvard paid dearly for judging a "book by it's cover" didn't he? Loved the joke really funny! Margaret

Merle said...

Hi Peter ~ Good story, and joke.
Take care, Merle.

Marcus said...

Great Harvard-Stanford story, I love those sort of true stories with a sting in the tail.

Dave said...

*LOL* Great ones bud!

Jeanette said...

HI Peter
Good story like the joke also hahaha

Joy said...

I've heard the Harvard story before but am always so taken by it. Thanks Peter.

Steve G said...

Loved the Harvard story and Woooo..Woooo..Woooo. Funny post.

Maria said...

I had never heard the Stanford story. I have a son who's masters degree comes from Stanford and another son who enters a Grad program there next January. I will have to share this story with them.

Naked hillbilly and the train. . . too funny!

Big Dave T said...

Harvard actually has a very old cemetery on its campus grounds, or very nearby, if I recall. I took my kids to Harvard when they were young, hoping to inspired them. Didn't work (sigh).

LittleJen said...

good one peter, keep em coming

luv jo

Jim said...

I'd never heard the Stanford bit before either. Thanks for doing it.

Gazza said...

HA Ha HA Naked Hillbilly... Now thats funny... LMAO

I Gotta steal that :-)