A bus crashed into a tree on Calvin Square, and soon after, every tram in the city came to a stop. Everything stopped, even the toy train in the window of the toy shop. Silence everywhere. A little later there was a rasping sound, but it was just a page from a newspaper being swept along by a gust of wind. Then it was flung against a wall, and the silence grew profounder still.
"Hölderlin ist ihnen unbekannt?"'1 Dr. H.G.K. asked as he dug the pit for the horse’s carcass.
"Who is that?" the German guard growled.
"The author of Hyperion," said Dr. H.G.K., who had a positive passion for explanations. "The greatest figure of German Romanticism. How about Heine?" he tried again.
"Who're them guys?" the guard growled, louder than before.
"Poets," Dr. H.G.K. said. "But Schiller. Surely you have heard of Schiller?"
"That goes without saying," the German guard nodded.
"And Rilke?" Dr. H.G.K. insisted.
"Him, too," the German guard said and, turning the color of paprika, shot Dr. H.G.K. in the back of the head.
“Well, well, how are we doing?” he asks the peasants by way of a joke.
“We’re very well, thank you,” the peasants say by way of a joke.
2. unimpeded production standards
“How much, Skultéti?”
“What’s thirty-three, Skultéti?”
“What’s thirty-three, Comrade?”
“Yes, what’s thirty-three, Skultéti.”
“Why? Wasn’t thirty-three the right answer, Comrade?”
“The right answer to what, Skultéti.”
“To your question, Comrade.”
“Never mind, Skultéti, just resume where you left off.”
Many years ago there lived a poor old widow, and this poor old widow had two handsome sons. One of them, the first-born, entered service on a ship that headed straight for the Pacific, but nobody knows what became of him, because there’s no one left to tell us, they all disappeared without a trace.
Ice cream was originally invented by Ugo Riccardo Salvatore Giulio Girolamo B., a baker from Catania. The precise date is still an object of debate, so let’s not worry about it; it was more or less at the same time as the invention of the printing press.
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