Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Always Leave Them Laughing

     The Duck joke is an oldie but goodie. Have you heard it? Online there are many variations, and even other verses I'd never heard before. What I couldn't discover was its origin.

I first heard this silly witticism back in the 80's after an era of Land Shark and Roseanne Roseannadanna had shaped my sense of humor. Perhaps, that's why its silliness has always stayed with me. 

The joker that first tested it on me, claimed it was a Red-Neck reading test. Hmm, now that I live out in the boonies, I guess it does apply to me.
                   M R Ducks
                   M R Knot
                   M R Too 
                   C M Wangs 
                   L I B 
                   M R Ducks

If you haven't heard this before, think it over. The answer is at the end.

Now, unfortunately, comes the sad news. The Roses of Prose blog is coming to an end, and this is my final personal post. December 14, 15, & 16
I end my participation with my Christmas short story, Undead For The Holiday.

Great big hugs and kisses to everyone that took the time to read posts from a very meandering mind. (Sly plug inserted here for my personal blog) The Meandering Mind of R E Mullins

Let me express how much I have enjoyed participating in this blog endeavor with fellow authors. I've learned a lot from this fantastic group of ladies. I've been able to share in stories of their personal ups and downs. They've given my morning coffee time some laughs and tears. I will miss each and every one.  

I do hope the group stays in touch, and that we follow through with our idea to publish an anthology of Christmas Novellas in 2019.

          Until then           

Who said it first? I started to research when 'Always leave them laughing' came into the general lexicon as I wanted to give the author credit. One site listed Georgie Jessel, but they didn't provide any dates to back up the claim. So, I've gone with the above George M. Cohan.

Always Leave Them Laughing When You Say Good-Bye piano/vocal [George M. Cohan] originally published in 1903 - from the 1904 Broadway show "Little Johnny Jones."  

 And now for the answer...

 Image result for cartoon duck

 M R Ducks         Them are ducks
 M R Knot           Them are not
 M R Too              Them are too
 CM Wangs          See them wings
 LIB                      Well, I'll be
 M R Ducks          Them are ducks

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Margo Hoornstra said...

You speak for all of us, Robin. Great post. We’ve had some good times here. May they continue wherever we journey. I like the anthology idea too.

Leah St. James said...

That completely stumped me, Robin! I'd never heard of it, and after a few minutes I gave up! LOL! We have had some great discussions and shared so much. Ditto what Margot said. :-)

Diane Burton said...

Great post, Robin. You expressed so much of what I feel about the end of this blog. Nostalgic. The duck story stumped me, too. Cute.

Jannine Gallant said...

Even though I grew up in the sticks, I'm apparently not redneck enough to get this! LOL Love the Meandering Mind title. I think that describes a lot of us.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Way to leave us stumped...and laughing. I LIKE the way your mind works, Robin. Thanks for being a part of this lovely group!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thanks, Robin. I actually hadn't seen this and it is amusing!

remullins said...

So glad I managed to introduce so many of you to the MR Ducks