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Abbott & Costello – Modern Math

An evening pause: From their 1941 movie, In the Navy.

Hat tip sippin_bourbon, who “actually re-enacted this for a few classmates in 7th grade, then walked out
while they scratched their heads. The teacher, who had been watching caught me in the way out the door and told me not to do that on a test.” Sadly, a modern teacher today might consider this good math.

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  • pzatchok

    I wonder how many teachers would believe this?

  • wayne

    one of the other versions…

    Abbott & Costello
    7 x 13 = 28

  • Allan

    Lou Costello could win election to congress by explaining how the national debt is really nothing to worry about.
    Average citizen, knowing better, would be left scratching his head but unable to do anything about it.

  • Concerned

    Fantastic– A&C were the greatest (at least for a while). Their 1948 movie “A&C Meet Frankenstein” still cracks me up. And that was Shemp Howard as Dizzy, who was the funniest replacement for Curly once he became incapacitated. The later replacements after Shemp (Joe Besser and Joe DeRita) were pretty lame.

  • Sippin_bourbon

    Africa Screams is my Dad’s favorite.
    Also has Shemp in it.

    I cut my teeth on Abbot &Costello, Laurel and Hardy, and the Marx Brothers.

    I started showing them to my kids early to ensure they had a “classical education”.

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