It’s obviously a family trait

A sense of humour, that is. And we’re talking about the Carlin family.

George Carlin (you know, the stand-up comedian who did the “seven dirty words” routine) died last year. In an interview on his brother, Patrick, tells the tale of what happened to some of George’s ashes.

Carlin points to the ground beneath a thick pine tree, near a rustling stream.

“We put some of George’s ashes here,” he says in the same street-smart way of speaking as George, who died last June at 71. “And then a bear comes by and takes a big dump. When we called George’s daughter, Kelly, she says, ‘Oh, Dad would be so happy.’”

A pause.

“The whole family rejoiced.”

Love it! And apart from anything else, I guess it answers that age-old question: Do bears shit in the woods?

That reminds me of a conversation I had many years ago with someone I worked with who wasn’t the sharpest crayon in the box. She asked me a rather obvious question, to which I replied “is the pope catholic?”

She stared at me for a moment and said: “I don’t know, I don’t really follow religion”.

Anyway, here’s a young George Carlin with part of the now infamous “seven dirty words” routine:


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