Tim in Unadilla, New York, says his grandmother used to say It’s a great life if you don’t weaken. For some reason, in 1914 this catchphrase exploded on both sides of the Atlantic. Other versions: It’s a gay life if you don’t weaken and It’s a good life if you don’t weaken. The idea was that life is great as long as you can keep your health, and that life will also be great if you don’t give in to vices. This is part of a complete episode.

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