“All the points I really like to do are one of two people immoral, illegal, or fattening.”         Attributed to Alexander Woollcott (1897-1943)        American journalist, drama critic and also member the the Algonquin round Table        This renowned dry witticism is widely attributed to Woollcott, sometimes with the last 3 words in the bespeak “...illegal, immoral, or fattening.” it does no seem come have appeared in his created works, though some resources wrongly claim it’s indigenous his item “The Knock in ~ the phase Door,” first published in the September 1922 worry of The phibìc American Review. (It isn’t.)        Woollcott biographer Howard Teichmann says Woollcott supplied the heat in conversations, presumably v his other Algonquin ring Table members. But documentation of a details oral or composed use stays elusive. Thus, most publications of quotations simply note that the saying is “attributed” to Woollcott. Some provide the December 1933 concern of Reader"s Digest as a citation because that his use. However, as detailed by authoritative sources favor The thesaurus of contemporary Proverbs

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, it was just detailed in a set of estimates in the issue and also attributed to Woollcott there is no any details source.         Comedian W.C. Areas may have helped popularize the speak by uttering a variation in the 1934 movie Six that a Kind. Playing the character Sheriff “Honest John” Hoxley, that grouses to a woman that asks the why he drink so much: “According to you, whatever I like to execute is one of two people illegal, immoral or fattening.” another early use in film come in the 1939 movie Love Affair. In that, actress Irene Dunne states to Charles Boyer: “The things we like ideal are one of two people illegal, not ethical or fattening.” (Thanks to my fellow writer and also retro culture buff Dan Leo for the guideline on Irene’s quote.)        due to the fact that the 1930s, the concept that things civilization like space either illegal, not ethical or fattening has taken on proverbial status. That is now frequently used or differed without an attribution to Woollcott or any other source.       The location junxtap of the indigenous illegal and also immoral to be not new when Woollcott supplied it. Together far earlier as the beforehand 1800s the was usual — especially in law-related contexts — to use phrases such as “illegal, immoral, or contrary to windy policy” and “illegal, immoral, versus public policy, or prohibition by statute.” In fact, I suspect Woollcott may have actually been parodying this larger formulation.




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THE BIKINI scare VERSION:

“It’s not choose it’s illegal, not ethical or unethical. I think they’re walking to find this was no the bogeyman they’re making it out to be.”        Kenneth Reichel        mayor of Madison Lake, Minnesota        Commenting ~ above the fears of some neighborhood townspeople that opposed allowing the “World’s largest Bikini Parade” to be component of the town’s venerable July 28 Paddlefish work parade. Enemies worried that having women (and a couple of men) marching under the street in itsy-bitsy bikinis would not be “in maintaining with a household tone.” as it rotate out, the occasion proceeded without inflicting any major moral casualties, but (alas) fail to set a record for the variety of bikini-wearing marchers in a parade.


THE CANCER scare CONUNDRUM:

“The acquainted saying ‘Everything I do is either illegal, immoral, or fattening’ can be amendment to encompass ‘or reasons cancer.’ So numerous substances have actually been indicted by laboratory tests on pets that it is feasible that a type of complacency could be arising in the mental of the public.”        C. Beam Asfahl

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       industrial safety skilled        In his publication Industrial Safety and Health Management (2009)


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THE really REALLY depressing VERSION:

“EVERYTHING I choose IS either ILLEGAL, IMMORAL, FATTENING, ADDICTIVE, high-quality OR IMPOSSIBLE.”        authorize posted top top the WeKnowMemes.com website


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THE BLACKMAIL PARADOX:

“It’s neither illegal no one immoral come ask someone for money. It’s no illegal no one immoral come threaten to disclose somebody’s theft. However it’s both illegal and also immoral come ask someone for money, threatening that if girlfriend don’t get the money, you’ll disclose their theft.”        Andrew Bailey        viewpoint professor at the college of Guelph, Ontario         A logic puzzler noted in his book First Philosophy (2012). Bailey go on come explain: “This is a paradox only if you accept the principle the if it’s not illegal (or immoral) to execute X, and it’s not illegal (or immoral) to perform Y, then it’s no illegal (immoral) to carry out X and Y. Yet that’s clearly a false principle.” obtained it?

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