February 26, 2010 |
Corey Fisher is one of Villanova's quickest players on the basketball court, adept at driving into the lane and changing his shot in a split second, before a taller opponent guarding the basket can react. Fisher can be quick off the court, too, making sharp-witted observations on players, coaches, or the world at large that keep his teammates cracking up with laughter in their idle time. "It's his personality," senior guard Reggie Redding said. "He just has a knack of putting a smile on people's faces.
April 1, 1991
To some, today is a day for bad jokes. But for 10,000 kids being cared for by social service agencies under contract to the city's Department of Human Services, the only foolishness on this April 1 comes from city and state officials. DHS Commissioner Joan M. Reeves wasn't joking, however, when she warned City Council two weeks ago that April 1 was doomsday for the kids in her care. Without money from local or state sources, she warned, 6,281 children in dependent placements, 459 in subsidized adoptions, 774 in delinquent residential placements, 180 in group homes and more than 4,000 receiving in- home services, day care, or day treatment services would be out of luck because her department would be out of money.
May 11, 1987 |
It can be gentle and endearing, a warm bath of fun and familiarity. Did you hear the one about the bum who walked up to the Jewish mother on the street and said, "Lady, I haven't eaten in three days"? "Force yourself," she replied. Or it can sting and hurt, ignorance hurled like a handful of nails. Did you hear about the man who had dinner at a German-Chinese restaurant? Two hours later he was power-hungry. Ethnic jokes. Stereotypes packaged with guffaws and generalizations that make people laugh - or cringe - from West Germany to West Philadelphia.
April 17, 1993 |
They were not amused. The members of the Montgomery County Commission of Women and Families held a news conference yesterday to proclaim themselves offended by Thursday's 181st annual all-male "horse thieves" luncheon, a county old-boy ritual known for its sexist and ethnic jokes. They were appalled by the remarks of Cheltenham Republican Robert Hannum Sr., chairman of the event, who told a reporter that "girls" were welcome at the event - as long as they were "topless and bottomless.
May 25, 2003 |
If you stay long enough at "Bob Hope and American Variety," the exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington, you can put together your own Bob Hope routine. With at least 250,000 jokes at your fingertips, it's virtually impossible not to put together your own Bob Hope routine. So (drum roll here) we've assembled one for you - with a Philly theme. Hope made several Philadelphia-area appearances through the decades, and seven files of Philly jokes sit in his fabled vault.
May 14, 1997 |
The Fuzzy Zoeller case is not closed. Not yet, according to Tiger Woods. Woods, who will be ending a monthlong hiatus from the PGA Tour in this week's Byron Nelson Classic, yesterday said he's eager to have a face-to-face discussion with Zoeller. Shortly after Woods's Masters victory April 13, Zoeller's racially insensitive remarks that were caught on tape by CNN surfaced. Next week, at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, Woods and Zoeller will be playing in the same event for the first time since then.
November 21, 2000
If only the world did possess a true Arcadia, that pastoral paradise untouched by the arrows of cynicism and dirty jokes. If only a rose by another name did truly smell as sweet. Such bittersweet thoughts must today be going through the minds of teachers and students at a local institution of higher learning esteemed in every area save one - its name. In a world where smutty jokes trump reputations every time, the moniker Beaver College just had to go. And so, after a year of deliberations, the school in Glenside, Montgomery County, will shortly throw out the old name and became Arcadia University instead.
June 13, 2000 |
For years, the college weathered a stream of tasteless jokes, but the power of the Internet proved too much: Trustees have voted to change the name of Beaver College. To what, they don't know. But they do know why: Software filters that sanitize the Internet for young minds are censoring any reference to the Glenside institution, a situation that undermines efforts of the school to tout its attributes to would-be applicants. Uncensored, the college's Web site is www.beaver.
February 22, 2013 |
By day, Jannie L. Blackwell is an oh-so-serious Philadelphia City Council member, known for helping the homeless people who show up at her office and for overseeing her West Philadelphia district like a fiefdom. But Thursday night, she was "Jannie from Cheyney. " Clad in a black-and-white Adidas track suit, bulky gold chain, and sunglasses, the councilwoman - a graduate of Cheyney University - and several staffers did their own version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight. " "And in conclusion / I'd just like to say / I'm Jannie from Cheyney / have a blessed day," she rapped.
February 5, 1988 |
Those madcap jackanapes at the FBI are at it again. You would think that with all they have to do - like keeping the world safe from the nuns of Maryknoll - they wouldn't have time for jokes. But that underestimates the sense of humor the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been famous for ever since the days of J. Edgar Hoover. Many people don't know it, but the "J" in Mr. Hoover's name stood for "Joker. " The bureau is particularly good at practical jokes - hotfoots, whoopee cushions, wiretaps, things like that.