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#4204 07/31/00 03:21 PM
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here's the way I heard it:

The zoo at Mersey is famous for its collection of koala bears. As you know, koalas eat only eucalyptus leaves. But one day the painters working on the cages spilled paint on the leaves, and the koalas refused to eat them. The painter finally found a solvent which removed the paint without killing the leaves, and reported proudly, "The koala tree of Mersey is not stained."

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ok, now explain for those of us who are ignorant to Australian sayings.


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hardly an Australian saying...

The quality of mercy is not strain'd, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; it blesseth him that gives and him that takes ... though justice be thy plea, consider this, that, in the course of justice, none of us should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much to mitigate the justice of thy plea; which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. [Portia, to Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice"]

the rest is just a paronomasia, a kind of shaggy-dog, a feghoot.


#4207 08/01/00 12:28 PM
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Wonderful, wonderful, Ted and tsuwm -- keep 'em coming!

There's an area in Northern Tasmania known as Mersey and I'd be surprised if there wasn't a Mersey Tea Room somewhere. I'll hunt around next time I'm in the area.


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>>But its now't to do with an Australian heritage -- I'm actually a pom from Lancashire! Cotton weaving country!<<

Aha! The Wars of the Roses are back on. Longest I ever lived anywhere was Leeds, so if I have to name a homeland...

Battle to be joined when I get back from NZ (oh no, more sheep.....)


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TEd Remington—

I agree with your pun/humor philosophy. As a student of such maybe you can tell me where Sigmund Freud
"once wrote that the first human laughter probably followed a murder" (Los Angeles Times).

michaelo


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>>>I agree with your pun/humor philosophy. As a student of such maybe you can tell me where Sigmund Freud
"once wrote that the first human laughter probably followed a murder" (Los Angeles Times).


Freud I. Kant.




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