Friday Fibs: Oct 30, 2020




1. What is a poltergeist?

A perching zeitgeist.

2. What supposedly happens if you look in the mirror and say, “Bloody Mary” three times?

It turns out that whatever you are trying to blame on Mary is still your own fault!!

3. What’s so unlucky about the number 13?

In a baker’s dozen, the extra bonus muffin is always one that has fallen on the floor.

4. Why do banshees scream?

For ice cream.

5. What happens to a vampire in daylight?

They get hot-blooded.

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street wasn’t about a monster who could kill people in their dreams. What was it about?

The night Elmer Timshot’s horse got loose.

7. Who did Norman Bates dress up as in the movie, Psycho?

It is said that each day after filming, he dressed up as Anthony Perkins and went home.


Young Frankenstein.

8. The Amityville Horror wasn’t about a haunted house. What was it about?

The horror of living among the Stepford Wives. Too much cheerfulness and perfection can be just too much.

9. What are the three witches doing at the beginning of MacBeth?

Toiling, troubling and doubling-over.

10. What classic monster lives under the Paris Opera House?

Donald Trump is going to live there after he loses the election. It is debatable whether they’ll have him as the other monsters think he gives monsters a bad name.



For Fibbing Friday

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36 thoughts on “Friday Fibs: Oct 30, 2020

        1. lifelessons Post author

          Not always, in the way it is used now. Now spelled “baksheesh” it can also mean a tip or a little extra for nothing. It was used in Morocco, all over Northern Africa and even in Ethiopia, as I remember it.

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        2. SAM VOELKER

          Yes beignets if you got them at French Market, but when made at home by Creoles, from left over brioche or light bread dough, we called them “langue de boeuf pastry”. And yes the Lagniappe was normal, and expected by most of us kids sent to the store to pick something up for our mom, often delivered with a little soliloquy of being a nice kid~! It would be so nice to have more of this kindness for each other today.

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          1. koolkosherkitchen

            Beignets at French Market are not kosher, so we got ours at Morning Glory, in the mostly Jewish area. I’ve heard that my mother-in-law, may she rest in peace, used to make them at home, but when I knew her, she was already not in a condition to do anything, unfortunately. Very sad, as she had been famed in the Jewish community as an excellent cook.


            1. SAM VOELKER

              I learn so many things not known to me, in my ignorance, when I read your postings. Our, beignet were, in a way, a lagniappe from the act of bread making and were rarely made otherwise that I remember. They were about six inches long and a couple of inches wide and had a slit down the middle, making them look much like a cow tongue, but they tasted the same and powdered sugar was a must~!

              It may be of interest to you that in my school years, I spent my summers working in New Orleans for a family friend who was a “roofer / sheet metal worker”; where he would send me up on those steep slate roofs to replace those rotten slick slates. The old nails would rot out, leaving a dangerous slate just waiting to slide out from under your feet while on that very steep roof. He would usually tie me to a chimney with a rope to keep me from sliding off the roof. (damn fool kid trying to get an education~!) He also did the sheet metal work on those beautiful stainless steel stoves and cabinets in the French Market “Cafe du Monde”, proudly assisted by me. I am sure that, by now, those have been replaced, but I was very proud of my beautiful construction work, and even work with metal, today as a hobby.

              One other thing is that the Chicory added in that coffee mostly became popular during the war, due to the problem of coffee being difficult to get, however, though we Creoles do love very strong coffee, my family never did “cotton” to chicory, but left it for the tourist.

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            2. SAM VOELKER

              I do not know what a “Creole by blood” means… Louisiana has two distinct direct descendants above several others: the Acadians who were thrown out of Acadia by the English, (usually called “Cajuns”) and they settled in SW Louisiana, and the Creole who are descended from the people who first came directly from Europe, usually France or Spain. Thus were mostly French of Spanish, who settled along the Gulf Coast, Mississippi River, and it’s tributaries all the way up the river. You also have Creoles in other Spanish places such as Mexico and the rest of the Americas, and this distinguished them from the Natives or “mixed”. Most New Orleans natives claim to be Creole, etc. Their dialect, food and life in general was rather different from that of the Cajun.

              But later when the slavery laws were imposed against bringing slaves in from Africa, the word came into another use, calling the blacks from the islands “Creole” making them legal for trade. But the word only means “descending from another place”, so Creole food is not necessarily food prepared by a Creole person but a recipe of food originating and descending from (usually Europe), the same for a Creole cow, creole horse, creole pig or chicken, etc. Thus my not understanding your question. You may only say that I have no Cajun blood in me.

              My father, grandfather, etc spoke a 17th-18th century Napoleon French dialect and would get very upset if they caught me saying anything in “Cajun”. However on the other hand, when I tried to use my Creole French in France, I was often told that there was no such French word, so I kept a little French dictionary to show them that there was (lot of fun)…. Just as we see the British speaking a different English from us.


            3. SAM VOELKER

              Judy, after I sent my reply above, I happened on the attachment below. It is pretty good, but has a few statements which are confusing. First to the Creole, the Cajun was actually a snobbish put down of the Cajuns by the Creoles from the time they arrived in Louisiana. It is said that the word cajun is a play on words, it is a little box which all of their earthly belongings were in, when they arrived. They were mostly fishermen from Acadia, and have a very different outlook on life, referred to as “Joie de vivre” (if their work interfered with a good time, they quit their job which is still the case today. So the better educated Creoles felt and treated them as second class citizens.

              This is even true today, however it was not until the second world war that they were even accepted as equals. I am sure you, as I have, seen this in every part of America, with “pet names” and people being bigoted over others. During the war, most Louisiana people went into the service and at that time they were “camaraderies” which helped the situation a lot… I laugh at the fact that back then no one wanted to be called a Cajun, now everyone wants to be one. Still today a Cajun on Friday will start his “laissez les bons temps rouler”, and you are lucky if he gets back to work by Monday.. When I ran crews in South West Louisiana, on most Mondays I had to go into bars to get a new crew together.

              Anyway I hope the attached tells you more about us, and does not just muddy the waters. The last paragraph, more or less, covers my part of the story. By the way the Germans along the German Coast (which is not a “coast” at all), were referred to as “Dutch”~!. This may also fill you in as to why I too may come across as unusual at times. It is just the way we are.

              By the way, that new Supreme Court Justice, Amy Coney Barrett, is of Creole descent, and this gives me hope that she may work out in the end. I know one thing, when push comes to shove, she would tell Trump where to get off and to keep his hands in his pockets. For the most part Creoles are rather intelligent, and serious people who DO speak their minds (sometime in several languages) but rarely in anger. (there is hope).



            4. koolkosherkitchen

              Thank you for sharing your construction work experiences, Sam, especially the dangerous part of it up on the roofs.
              I didn’t know that coffee with chicory became popular in the US during the war. In the part of the former Soviet Union where I am from, it had been a staple among Jews since 18th century or so, until pure coffee made in Turkish jezwahs became a universal trend in my times. So coffee with chicory reminds me of my grandmother.

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            5. SAM VOELKER

              We always liked our coffee strong, in fact when I first moved to Texas, I would buy my coffee beans and roast them myself, because at that time you could not get dark roast. I love the aroma of roasting coffee beans. The normal home always had a pot of coffee on the wood stove and by evening it was as thick as honey. The normal greeting was “café est préparé ?”, note that we used “prepared” instead of “made”, prêt, I always found that interesting.

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