I first saw this Abbot & Costello sketch when I was in middle school. It blew my mind. It was my first lesson in bullshitting and justification.
For some reason I woke up this morning thinking about it.
Damn I love it. So Good.
Power of confidence. (Excuse me while I over analyze this just a bit.) If this was played like Abbot was trying to scam everyone, it would not be nearly as funny. It is the absolute confidence in his own math that makes it great.
As more and more of these digital kiosks appear in the NYC subways, the more nervous I get.
Theoretically they’re great. Especially the maps. Love interactive maps.
But then I noticed the company that designed them: Control Group. That’s not a real name of a company. That is the name of company in a sci-fi movie that is a front for some nefarious plan. Control Group.
And then there is the slogan: “Activating NYC.” I am pretty sure that is not a slogan but a directive. I am 90% convinced we have all been implanted with either subliminal commands ala Manchurian Candidate OR with actual mind-control chips .
And how about this graphic from Control Group’s webisite?
What I love most about this is that this person was SO INCENSED at the recipient that they couldn’t even wait the days/weeks it would take for the mail to go through. No, they had to say “FUCK YOU” as soon as fucking possible and, AND, let the recipient that they were not done with the fuck you, nay, this was merely the first volley in what would undoubtably be a dressing down of Biblical proportions.
This is not from the 1800s. This version of the Western Union form was not used until the 1960s, as you can see in this telegram sent to JFK. Earlier versions looked different (1919, 1937, 1942) . But here’s some more: actual telegrams had text that was, in general, cut out and glued to the telegram form (for instance, this example from 1959), not actually typed onto the form. Occasionally, telegrams were typed directly onto the form, but if so this was done with a standard typewriter. The typeface here looks (to my untrained eye) like Futura, or a variant. Futura was invented in 1927, and would not be a typeface used for telegrams, as it would have to be set, which too time-intensive a process for telegrams. Also, notice that all the parts of the telegram that would normally indicate date, sender, et cetera, are not filled out. This is not a telegram that was ever sent.
So where is this from? Possibly an urban legend from the 1970s, according to this book about urban legends.The book gives no information about this being an actual telegram that was sent, it simply states that it was collected in 1978 by “an employee of [the] Pacific Telephone Company.” It seems to be a standard joke/urban legend in law firms and politics.