Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Lovecraftian Sense of Humor

Sweet Ermengarde - Wikisource: "Ermengarde Stubbs was the beauteous blonde daughter of Hiram Stubbs, a poor but honest farmer-bootlegger of Hogton, Vt. Her name was originally Ethyl Ermengarde, but her father persuaded her to drop the praenomen after the passage of the 18th Amendment, averring that it made him thirsty by reminding him of ethyl alcohol, C2H5OH. His own products contained mostly methyl or wood alcohol, CH3OH. Ermengarde confessed to sixteen summers, and branded as mendacious all reports to the effect that she was thirty. She had large black eyes, a prominent Roman nose, light hair which was never dark at the roots except when the local drug store was short on supplies, and a beautiful but inexpensive complexion. She was about 5ft tall, weighed 115.47 lbs. on her father's copy scales - also off them - and was adjudged most lovely by all the village swains who admired her father's farm and liked his liquid crops."

I just had to post this story because it is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. To make it even more astonishing, it was publish in 1917!!!

More later, after sleep and food and other necessary necessities. Much to tell!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is hard to believe. I guess it shows that good writing really is timeless. Looking forward to hear your news. :)