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Wet Birds Don’t Fly at Night

A Wisconsin listener remembers a boss who used to use an odd expression whenever he wanted to change the subject of a discussion. The boss would say, “Well, wet birds don’t fly at night,” then switch to another subject. Grant...

Go Fly a Kite

“Go fly a kite!” A caller from Washington, D.C. wonders whose kite is getting flown and why. Naturally, we have some ideas! Here’s a copy of the cartoon Grant mentions (from the Chicago Tribune May 15, 1927, p. G2). This is part of...

rubber jungle

rubber jungle  n.— «Skies were mostly clear and planes were full as spring break began in many locales. From the day before, an accidental deployment of oxygen masks—a rubber jungle, in airline-speak—was discussed.» —“Airlines Learn...

sweater puppies

sweater puppies  n.pl.— «The remnants of her dress and underwire bra bunched outward from her generous shelf of invulnerable boob flesh. “I must be around a ‘K-cup’ now,” she said to herself while judiciously examining...