August 31, 2004


Our daughter, who started kindergarten yesterday, just asked her brother, a 2nd-grader, if he'd said his prayers to the Egyptians in school today. Thinking as little as we do of the public schools, we naturally feared that her teacher was inducting her into the cult of Isis or something.

Turns out it was just the Pledge of Allegiance.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2004 6:38 PM

A classic mondegreen:

Many examples:

Also look for paperback collections of mondegreens by Gavin Edwards ('Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, He's Got the Whole World in His Pants, etc.)

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 31, 2004 7:26 PM

"pledge of allegiance", heh heh, yeah sure OJ that's what the maidens of Isis, always tell outsiders.

Posted by: h-man at August 31, 2004 7:38 PM

They let the kids say the Pledge in Hanover? Isn't that dangerous indoctrination?

Posted by: pj at August 31, 2004 8:34 PM

They say "under Darwin"

Posted by: oj at August 31, 2004 8:41 PM

My five year old son just left the house trailing his big sister to the bus stop. They're both dressed in their Catholic school uniforms which he promptly sheds the second he gets home from school for his too short (growth spurt) but familiar shorts and t-shirt. A very cute age.

Posted by: Ray Clutts at September 1, 2004 8:20 AM

"gimme the Feed Boys, and free my soul,
I wanna get lost in your Rock and Roll
and drift away.."

Did anyone else think that this song was about a Country/Western band called the "Feed Boys"?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at September 1, 2004 1:33 PM

Judds in public school?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 1, 2004 2:31 PM

Well, I use to think this

Crossed the line around the changes of the summer,
Reaching to call the color of the sky.
Passed around a moment clothed in mornings faster than we see.
Getting over all the time I had to worry,
Leaving all the changes far from far behind.
ended with "park them far behind".

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 1, 2004 2:34 PM


Can't afford private--school taxes are too high.

Posted by: oj at September 1, 2004 2:55 PM

Sure you can. You just need the incentive my parents had. They were poorer than you and taxes were just as high.

But the bishop promised they'd burn in hell if they didn't cough up. They coughed up.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 1, 2004 10:32 PM


Their taxes were a fraction, though they were poorer.

Posted by: oj at September 1, 2004 11:45 PM

They lived their religion even if it meant sacrifice of mere money

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 4, 2004 3:46 PM

Yes. That's why I don't believe in progress. Our elders were our betters.

Posted by: oj at September 4, 2004 5:38 PM