Fang, Get Off My Keyboard and Go To Hell #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsDo you miss Phyllis Diller’s comedy? Sometimes, I miss some of it. She could be hilarious, especially early in her career, in the days when tv comedy was supposed to be clean and women were supposed to be ladylike. Not Phyllis. She could imply more with a look and a flick of her cigarette than words could state.

SO ANYWAY, when she passed, she left her vast joke collection to the American Museum of American History. She wrote most of her jokes, but she bought some and she accepted some from fans. Each joke was on a card, with attribution, so the world can see who wrote what. Oh, and “Fang” was what she called her husband in her routines. Oh, and the museum has put some of the joke cards online! Some of them are actual jokes, but some are just notes from which jokes could be constructed. Most interesting.

Do you have a cat? I do. Does your cat walk around on or lounge on your keyboard? Mine doesn’t. But, if yours does, you need this app. It’s called PawSense, and it registers random keystrokes. So I guess it would be good if you have children with busy little fingers, but not good if you’re a poor typist.

Have you heard Hadestown? It’s a folk opera by Anais Mitchell. I love it. I love it SO MUCH. It’s reviving now, on the tide of Trump’s wall, because … Oh, many reasons. But the bit that bites is “Why We Build the Wall”. Here it is, with lyrics.

No matter what your political affiliation, that’s one hell of a song.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: What does your main character believe about the afterlife? If they believe in an afterlife, what do they actually think it will be like? Will everybody be in one place, or will there be separations based on life choices? Will it be like Happy Earth, or very different?


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Fang, Get Off My Keyboard and Go To Hell #FridayRecommends

  1. Dan Antion

    April 6, 2018 at 7:14am

    I think it would be a very bad day for my ego if the cat-sensing keyboard app identified my attempts at writing to be “cat scratching” and ignored it.


    I did enjoy Phyllis Diller. I remember seeing her on Johnny Carson’s show.

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  2. joey

    April 6, 2018 at 9:04am

    I loved Phyllis Diller too. Bawdy, and even funnier tongue-in-cheek.
    Clara USED to sit on my keyboard and do all kinds of terrible things when she was a kitten. I wish I had PawSense back then!

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      Marian Allen

      April 7, 2018 at 7:32am

      I suspect its help is limited. By the time a cat has hit Select All and Delete, it’s too late to lock the keyboard, yeah?

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  3. John Holton

    April 17, 2018 at 5:27pm

    Funny, funny lady. We watch reruns of the old Ed Sullivan shows, and she was on a lot. Mom had a couple of her party albums, which I was forbidden from listening to, so of course I waited until Mom was out of the house to listen. Never got caught, either…

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      Marian Allen

      April 18, 2018 at 7:39am

      If you were forbidden from listening to them, I would imagine they were fairly blue — for the time, of course. These days, most of George Carlin’s “Words you can’t say on television” are said all the time on television. Things were different when I was a girl. And you kids get off my lawn! šŸ˜‰

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