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    For the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Miss Lewis brought a radio to school and we listened to it at our desks. The horse troops clopped by and battalions of drums, then a band of bagpipes, which we had never heard before, and so she drew a picture on the blackboard. We recognized it instantly as a penis and scrotum, and so did she when she heard the buzz and stepped back for a look, so she made the bag rounder and made the pipe stand up, which fascinated us even more, and finally she erased it and turned and said, her face glowing, “Small minds think small thoughts.” Soon after another bagpipe band marched by, and Jim whispered to me, “They’re playing their pants.” That made stuff run out of my nose. “Leave the room right now,” she said. I went out in the hall and sat on the top stair and looked down the stairwell. ….

    Garrison Keillor, Lake Woebegon Days (New York, 1985; pkb ed., New York, 1986), pp 123–4.

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    Re: In the eye of the beholder

    For the uninitiated, the above piece is entirely fictional. (In case anyone thought it was otherwise!)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wobegon_Days

    Andrew
    Andrew T. Lenz, Jr. • BDF Moderator
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      Re: In the eye of the beholder

      Originally posted by Andrew Lenz View Post
      For the uninitiated, the above piece is entirely fictional. (In case anyone thought it was otherwise!)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wobegon_Days

      Andrew

      Well, perhaps... but as the old saying goes...

      "A tale should loose nothing in the telling."
      My friends all know,
      With what a brave carouse...

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