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Laughable Lists

Various lists of "real," unintentionally humorous statements and questions from the mouths of doctors, lawyers, schoolchildren, college students, tourists, and John Q. Public are a staple of net humor. Some of the same lists have been circulating on the Internet for years, and many of them were making regular appearances in newspapers and magazines for decades before that. Are any of them real, or are they all merely clever inventions? The truth is nearly impossible to determine after all this time. All that matters is that they still tickle our funny bones.

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        Green bullet = true
        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Yellow bullet Statements from automobile insurance claim forms.

Yellow bullet Statements from child support claim forms.

Red bullet A potpourri of weird and ironic news stories.

Yellow bullet Statements from applications for welfare.

Yellow bullet Notes sent to explain children's absences from school.

White bullet Our collection of mangled terms gleaned from the Internet.

Yellow bullet Inadvertent humor gleaned from medical charts.

Yellow bullet List collects humorous double entrendres from various sports commentators.

Multi-colored bullet E-mailed list features Dave Barry's '16 Things It Took Me Over 50+ Years to Learn'"

Red bullet List presents humorously bad analogies and metaphors taken from high school essays.

Yellow bullet Unintentional humor from the writings of students.

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