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September 13, 2013

WOLFSIE: Putting thought into it

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I wonder if prehistoric humans realized that it was inside their noggin where all the thinking was going on. What did they do when they were trying to remember something like Where did I leave my spear? Instead of banging their heads against the cave walls, maybe the guys rubbed their bellies or scratched their — I think you get the point.

When I was a teacher, a student came up to me after class to explain his poor performance on an exam. “I knew the answer to that question, Mr. Wolfsie,” he said, pointing to where he hadn’t filled in the blank. “I just couldn’t think of it.” I had always scoffed at this excuse, but when I turned 60, I realized how many people I knew, and I couldn’t think of any of their names. I’m sad it’s too late to change Ezra’s grade.

Consider this: “If you think this column wasn’t any good, you have another thing coming.” Thing? Don’t you have another “think” coming? Who invented that stupid phrase, anyway? Some government think tank, I’m sure.

I think I have written just about enough on this topic. Actually, I am quite sure of it.

Dick Wolfsie is a television news reporter, syndicated humor columnist and author. He can be reached at Wolfsie@aol.com.

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