Monday, February 20, 2006

Saddam and Nelson Mandela have the same tailor?

Thomas Meaney of Slate quotes Saddam’s unnnamed tailor:

"I'm very sensitive about these matters," he reportedly told his former tailor, who also cuts suits for Pervez Musharraf and Nelson Mandela.(??)

2.clumsy segue:for many years Iran built a car called the Paykan, which was based on a defunct Peugeot model. Seems people are fond of these cars but like to joke about their unreliability:

Q. How do you make a Paykan accelerate 0 - 60 mph in less than 15 seconds?
A. Push it off a cliff.

Q. What is found on the last 2 pages of every Paykan owner's manual?
A. The bus schedule.

Q. Why do Paykans come with heated rear windows?
A. To keep your hands warm while you're pushing them.
more here.

3.even though I generally don’t care for Albert Brooks’s humor, I found this quote(via Gary Farber) amusing:
Brooks: I heard one the other day. These two Jewish men travel the subway everyday for years and years and read the Jewish Press every morning. Then one morning one of them is reading an Arabic newspaper and the other one says, “What's a matter with you? Why are you reading that paper? Have you lost your mind?” He said, “No. To tell you the truth all I read in the Jewish Press is that Israel has been blown up and that the Jews aren't allowed to enter and that life is terrible. In this paper it says we own all the banks, we own the media. Life is much better in this paper.”
4. "Sorry we missed church", from the Austin Chronicle (via Cursor.)