Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Watching the NFL playoff games last weekend, I saw several commercials hyping the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards show that will air Feb. 13 on CBS.

Truthfully, I didn't recognize any of the artists who were previewed. Oh, I recognized some of their names, but I couldn't recognize any of their music if you paid me.

That's strange, because I really enjoy good music. But I don't enjoy what's considered good music today.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

For all of you who received new golf equipment for Christmas, here's some words of wisdom. They will help you pass the time while you're waiting for the blanket of snow to melt and the weather to get a lot warmer. Unfortunately April is still two and a half months away.

1. Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. Grantland Rice

2. Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Way back when my family got our first television set, a black and white Philco, I'd come home from school in the afternoon and my mother would have on one of her favorite programs - Art Linkletter's House Party. The show was the forerunner to all of today's afternoon talk shows, including Oprah.

Linkletter had guests, but I don't recall any of them. What I do remember, however is a segment he included every day called, "Kids say the darndest things." It was hilarious, and unscripted - funnier than anything that's on the airwaves today.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

By Bob urban

Since Thanksgiving I've been riding around in my car listening to a radio station that exclusively plays nothing but Christmas music from Thanksgiving until Christmas night. It's a nice respite to the music, news broadcasts and radio talk shows I usually listen to.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

For those who think we Pennsylvanians 'talk funny' or use 'big words', here's why ...

Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!

I remember when I first left Coaldale and relocated in Pottstown. People would always tell me I had a "coal region" accent. It drove me crazy. I didn't think I had an accent. I thought everyone else who wasn't from the coal regions had an accent.

For instance

We call it lunch meat, used as a noun. Almost everywhere else it's called "cold cuts".

Saturday, December 4, 2010

By Bob Urban

From a reader:

Dear Mr. Urban,

I read your article (about words that don't rhyme) and it was very interesting. I came across a website that listed more than four words in the English language that do not rhyme, so here you go:

Words With Nothing To Rhyme To...

To the best of my knowledge, there are 70 words in the English language which do not rhyme with any other words!


Shawn Davis

They are (in alphabetical order):

A - Almond, Angry, Angst, Anxious, Aspirin

Saturday, November 27, 2010


While you're munching down on those Thanksgiving leftovers, how about taking a history exam?

No cheating now, don't look at the answers until you take the test.

Everyone over 40 should have a pretty easy time at this exam. If you are under 40 you can claim a handicap.

Here goes:

1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?

A. On the floor shift knob.

B. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch....

C. Next to the horn.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

As we head into Thanksgiving week, here's some data that might have you scratching your head in disbelief. But according to the reader who sent it along, it's accurate. And the 33 miners certainly have plenty to be thankful for.

The 33 miners were found on the 33rd week of the year.

It took 33 days to drill the passage to them.

The date was 10/13/10 which equals 33.

All 33 believe that God was with them the entire time.

Christ was crucified when he was 33.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


We all live by rules. At least we should live by them. Someone sent me a list of the rules of rural Pennsylvania. See if you can relate to them.

1. Let's get this straight: it's called a 'dirt road.' No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

2. They are cattle. They're live steaks or walking milk bottles. That's why they smell funny to you, get over it. Don't like it? I-80 goes east and west, I-81 goes north and south. Pick one.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

This poem was sent on to me by a subscriber. I thought it appropriate to share it with readers prior to Veterans Day next week.

He was getting old and paunchy

and his hair was falling fast,

and he sat around the Legion,

telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in

and the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;

they were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors

his tales became a joke,

all his buddies listened quietly

for they knew where of he spoke.