Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 6, 2012)

Muslim Proverb

The eating of a melon produces a thousand good works.


From the Trivia File

Jean Baptiste Lully, the composer, when beating time by tapping the floor with his staff, while directing a performance of the Te Deum, struck his foot and subsequently died from the abscess which set in.


Angling for a Smile

All men are equal before fish.

…Herbert Hoover


Dumb Question

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”?

Where did that extra penny go?



Punch: A liquor called by foreigners Contradiction, from its being composed of spirits to make it strong, water to make it weak, lemon juice to make it sour, and sugar to make it sweet.


Traditional Autograph Album Inscription

You may have a friend,

You may have a lover,

But don’t forget,

Your best friend’s your mother.


Bit of a Stretch

Edo: Don’t you think Zemroukht is rather vain?

Bedo: That’s not the half of it. She’s so vain she even lies about her dog’s age.
What’s in a Name?

Mazloumian: Arabic in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, mazloum is defined as miserable, poor, unlucky, oppressed, forced, constrained.


CK Garabed

Weekly Columnist
C.K. Garabed (a.k.a. Charles Kasbarian) has been active in the Armenian Church and Armenian community organizations all his life. As a writer and editor, he has been a keen observer of, and outspoken commentator on, political and social matters affecting Armenian Americans. He has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Reporter and the AGBU Literary Quarterly, “ARARAT.” For the last 30 years, Garabed has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Weekly. He produces a weekly column called “Uncle Garabed's Notebook,” in which he presents an assortment of tales, anecdotes, poems, riddles, and trivia; for the past 10 years, each column has contained a deconstruction of an Armenian surname. He believes his greatest accomplishment in life, and his contribution to the Armenian nation, has been the espousing of Aghavni, and the begetting of Antranig and Lucine.

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