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Phil on urban crime, drunkenness, and agriculture

March 1, 2013

On Wednesday night my 6-year-old son spontaneously started telling jokes. He called them jokes, anyway; I might classify them as riddles.

“Why did the apple cross the road, Dad?”

“I don’t know. Why?”

“It fell off an apple cart!”

“Oh. I see.”

“Why did the truck accidentally go down the hill?”

“I give up.”

“Because the driver had too much beer!”

Joke- (or riddle-)telling is a relatively new part of Phil’s oratorial arsenal. For years, his main rhetorical staple has been the monologue in which he presents a hypothesis as established fact. Here’s an example from yesterday:

“If you lived in New York City, and there wasn’t any police dogs, and there was not that many police guys, then lots of people would get killed. And then New York City would be destroyed by bad guys. You need a dog to sniff the people out.”

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