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April 20, 2004

Family Trees

The Smith's were proud of their family tradition. Their ancestors had come to America on the Mayflower. More recent ancestors had included Senators and Wall Street wizards.

They decided to compile a family history, a legacy for their children and grandchildren. They hired a fine author. Only one problem arose: how to handle that great-uncle who was executed in the electric chair. The author said he could handle that chapter of their history tactfully.

Two years later, the book was published. It said: "Great-uncle George occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution, was attached to his position by the strongest of ties and his death came as a real shock."

[Originally from Jivha.]

Posted by Peskie at April 20, 2004 12:00 PM


That remins me of the Militant Atheist who was a good friend of the Local Anglican Bishop. Over lunch, he mischievously offered to give the Bishop a bottle of his favourite Tipple, Cherry Brandy, but on one condition: that the Bishop thank him in the local Church paper.

The Bottle was given, and in the next week's edition of The Church Times, came the following: "The Bishop sends sincere thanks for the gift of fruit, and especially for the spirit in which it was sent."

Posted by: Alan E Brain at April 23, 2004 04:04 AM