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Bokomo-brekfisbrief; 30/04/2011: Die lewensiklus agteruit

Markus Quotus - 2011-04-29

When he was in his nineties, my father-in-law used to joke that he'd stopped buying green bananas. And he enjoyed the crack about the old man who after seeing an attractive woman walking down the street found his pace-maker opened the garage door. My favourite death joke is a monologue by an American comedian George Carlin:

"The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A death. What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years till you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating ... you finish off as an orgasm."

Richard Holloway, Looking in the distance (Edinburgh: Canongate, 2005, p 196-197).

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