Uncle Garabed’s Notebook

On Speaking Out
Armenians are castigated for their words while Turks are exonerated of their deeds.

Just Remember
Darwin and Einstein may have had their theories, but Newton had his laws.

Cheerfulness Is a Virtue
And if you don’t think so, try talking to an old man whose conversation is strictly complaints about his ailments.

A Slight Misunderstanding
Diner: I’ll have what that man over there is having.
Waiter: Well, O.K., but I don’t think he’s going to be very happy about it.

For Our Time
Among the legendary Seven Wise men of Greece identified by ancient historians were Solon the Lawgiver, and his trusted advisor, Anacharsis. When Solon revealed to Anacharsis his plans for a wholesale revision of the laws governing the Athenians, Anacharsis denigrated the idea, explaining that it was impossible to restrain the people in their vices by statute; to which he added:
Written laws are like spiders’ webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

Tit for Tat
Annig: Goodness, gracious, Jannig, It’s been 10 years since I’ve seen you; and you look so much older, too.
Jannig: Really, Annig. I doubt if I would have recognized you at all, except for your coat.

What’s in a Name?
Noorian: If derived from Arabic through Turkish, noor is identified as a descriptive term defined as light, brilliance, glory. If derived from Armenian and Persian, noor is identified as a fruit, namely the pomegranate.

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