A Wikipedia description of Gilda Radner’s character¬†Emily Litella. A typical quote:

What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a “deaf” penalty? It’s terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!

Other misheard topics to which Litella responded were
* saving Soviet jewelry (Jewry)
* endangered feces (species)
* violins (violence) on television
* busting (busing) schoolchildren
* presidential erections (elections)
* flea (free) elections in China
* pouring money into canker (cancer) research
* the Eagle (Equal) Rights Amendment
* conserving our natural racehorses (natural resources)
* youth in Asia (euthanasia)
* sax (sex) on television
* firing (hiring) the handicapped
* making Puerto Rico a steak (state) – “Next thing you know, they’ll want a baked potato with sour cream!”

The message on Litella’s answering machine was, “Hello, this is Emily Litella. I’m not home right now, but I will call you back as soon as possible. Just leave your name, number and what time you called after you hear the sound of the Jeep.”


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