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BS: Funny Names of Businesses

GUEST,jimstar 13 Aug 09 - 01:53 AM
GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Security) 20 Apr 09 - 05:26 AM
VirginiaTam 20 Apr 09 - 05:17 AM
Uncle Phil 19 Apr 09 - 11:25 PM
EBarnacle 19 Apr 09 - 12:45 PM
Tangledwood 18 Apr 09 - 06:24 PM
kendall 18 Apr 09 - 04:15 PM
bill\sables 18 Apr 09 - 04:11 PM
Bill D 17 Apr 09 - 02:48 PM
frogprince 17 Apr 09 - 01:08 PM
Micca 17 Apr 09 - 11:30 AM
IanC 17 Apr 09 - 11:23 AM
GUEST,Peter 17 Apr 09 - 11:01 AM
Genie 18 May 02 - 01:16 AM
Genie 14 May 02 - 01:16 AM
CarolC 13 May 02 - 01:57 PM
GUEST,Robroy 13 May 02 - 01:06 PM
RoyH (Burl) 13 May 02 - 12:35 PM
Pete Jennings 13 May 02 - 10:05 AM
GUEST 13 May 02 - 09:36 AM
Jim Dixon 13 May 02 - 09:19 AM
GUEST,T-boy 13 May 02 - 07:53 AM
Trevor 13 May 02 - 07:40 AM
GUEST,micca at work 13 May 02 - 06:45 AM
jimlad 13 May 02 - 06:28 AM
Mr Red 13 May 02 - 05:42 AM
Dave Bryant 13 May 02 - 05:17 AM
HuwG 13 May 02 - 04:49 AM
Genie 13 May 02 - 04:37 AM
Little Hawk 12 May 02 - 10:19 PM
ddw 12 May 02 - 09:40 PM
catspaw49 12 May 02 - 09:32 PM
GUEST,macca 12 May 02 - 09:28 PM
GUEST,Dawley Dave 12 May 02 - 09:24 PM
Genie 12 May 02 - 09:12 PM
RichM 12 May 02 - 09:18 AM
Mr Happy 12 May 02 - 08:36 AM
RangerSteve 12 May 02 - 07:25 AM
fat B****rd 12 May 02 - 06:10 AM
gnu 12 May 02 - 05:10 AM
gnomad 12 May 02 - 04:26 AM
CarolC 12 May 02 - 04:02 AM
Stephen L. Rich 12 May 02 - 02:58 AM
Little Hawk 12 May 02 - 01:19 AM
Genie 12 May 02 - 12:45 AM
alison 11 May 02 - 10:58 PM
Bill D 11 May 02 - 10:36 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,jimstar
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 01:53 AM

Target            Tarjay        
                
Wal-Mart         Wally World; Woemart
                
Dunkin Donuts         Dunk Your Nuts        
                
Taco Bell         Taco Hell        
                
Home Depot         Home Despot
        
McDonalds         Micky D's        

Waffle House        Awful House

Howard Johnsons        Howard's Johnson; HoJo's

K Mart                K Fart

KFC                Kentucky Flied Chicken

Jack in the Box        Jack in the Crack

Lowes                Blowes, Slows

Whole Foods        Whole Paycheck

BJ's            Blow Jobs

Piggly Wiggly        Hoggly Woggly

Publix                 Pubics

Gardunos        Gardungos (for folks from the West)

Steak and Shake        Steak Mistakes

Baskin Robbins        Robbin Bastards

Ramada Inn        Ram it in

Whataburger        Whatafuckinburger








Some Las Vegas Names:

        The Maxim = The Climaxim
        Circus-Circus = Suck-us Suck-us
        Slots-O-Fun = Sluts-O-Fun
        Sahara = Sa-Whore-a
        Ceasars = Sleazers


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Security)
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 05:26 AM

When I lived in Salford there was a company near our flat called 'PMS Security'. Visions of grumpy women standing outside nightclubs.

'You can't come in.'

'Why not?'

'BECAUSE YOU CAN'T!'


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 05:17 AM

I saw a lawyers's shingle outside of his house that had Goodenough as the surname. I would certainly hope so.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 19 Apr 09 - 11:25 PM

There used to be a sign on LBJ freeway in Dallas that said "Dedman Hospital". Lord only knows there's few things a dead man needs less than a hospital. The sign was changed to "R. H. Dedman Memorial Medical Center" years ago
- Phil


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: EBarnacle
Date: 19 Apr 09 - 12:45 PM

One of my favorites is the Dinersty Chinese restaurant, which is a really tacky takeout joint on 8th Avenue, just South of 32nd Street in NYC. By the way, even though the name of the place is fully descriptive, they pronounce it Dynasty.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Tangledwood
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 06:24 PM

A Chinese restaurant in Launceston, Tasmania - "Hung Fat". We didn't eat there.

Don't know if it's still there but about 15-20 years ago in the People's Palace area of Singapore there was a tailor "Lifting Shirts".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: kendall
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 04:15 PM

Royal Flush. A septic tank cleaner in Scarborough Maine. There is a sign on the back that says "STOOL BUS"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: bill\sables
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 04:11 PM

While staying with Namenson in the town of Bath, Main we saw the "Bath Water Company"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 02:48 PM

There is always The Longbranch Branch of the Redbank Bank


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: frogprince
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 01:08 PM

When I was growing up in Minnesota, the nearest TV station carried frequent ads advising anyone who wanted Culligan Soft Water service to "call Sandy Leak in Minnesota Lake".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Micca
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 11:30 AM

One for Opera lovers a friend told me he saw an Italian restaurant in Seville called "Lilas Pastas"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: IanC
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 11:23 AM

The UK magazine "Private Eye" used to run these as a weekly series. I think the best ever was Argue & Phibbs Solicitors in Sligo.

:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 11:01 AM

Herr Kutz the German Barber


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 18 May 02 - 01:16 AM

One I just thought of today (haven't seen it, but I think it'd be a good one):

a comedy club and microbrew pub called

Brew Ha Ha


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 14 May 02 - 01:16 AM

I like the unintentional puns better, but one of my favorite intentional ones is the Grateful Bread coffee and sandwich shop in Seattle, complete with a life-size Jerry Garcia chair (you can sit on his lap).


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: CarolC
Date: 13 May 02 - 01:57 PM

(DOH!)

Thank you very much, Dave Bryant, for providing that information for me. You are very kind. However, I think I'm just going to keep my little fantasies for now ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Robroy
Date: 13 May 02 - 01:06 PM

How about a restaurant in chicago, years back called AESOPS TABLES

or a Massage Parlour (allegedly in Glasgow) suitably named Sheik Matadger. If tou don't know what your Tadger is in broad Scots, Then use your imagination!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 13 May 02 - 12:35 PM

Somewhere in Rhode Island, can't remember where, I saw a diner called 'Terminal Lunch'. Needless to say, I didn't stop to eat there. And somewhere in the UK, can't remember where either, I saw a van advertising 'Kleen & Presstwell', Laundry Services.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 13 May 02 - 10:05 AM

My wife was once treated away from home by a Dr. Reckless. When we got back, her GP thought it was hilarious until I pointed out that HER initials are J.A.B!

You couldn't make up some of this stuff!

Pete


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 02 - 09:36 AM

The Killam hospital In Nova Scotia


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 May 02 - 09:19 AM

There is allegedly a business in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, called MAIDENHEAD REMOVALS AND STORAGE. (Unfortunately, I couldn't find any proof of this on the Internet.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 13 May 02 - 07:53 AM

The French love puns too. I've seen some great shop names in France, like a poodle parlour called 'Beau-ti-chien' and a sandwich bar called '100-wichs'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Trevor
Date: 13 May 02 - 07:40 AM

I used to curl up when I saw the signs in Birmingham for the builders 'Trollope and Colls'.

And my father's doctor was Dr Akin!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,micca at work
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:45 AM

This is one for Spaw, a shop in Whitechapel High St, here in London (UK) called " Butts Wholesale" I didnt know they did them retail!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: jimlad
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:28 AM

Around Bolton we have an hairdressers.Curl up and dye A 24 hour vehicle recovery firm Knight and Day A chippy Fryer Tucks Plaice And Accountants Grabbit and Runn


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:42 AM

What about the two who regularly work on TV progs in the UK - lighting - Teddy Fader, and sound John (or pete or ???) Fader. psuedonyms?


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:17 AM

I remember an Indian Takeaway in Hampstead which was called
CASH AND CURRY.

There was also a very untidy Antique/Secondhand Shop called
JUNK AND DISORDERLY
a name which I think was also used by a Folk Group or band.

There is a chain of funeral directors in SW London / Surry called
PAINES.


BTW CarolC - I think that the fact that the founder of WANG COMPUTERS was called AN WANG was more likely to have provided the derivation of the company name. BTW


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: HuwG
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:49 AM

I worked for a while in the steel industry in Sheffield (UK). At one time there was a steel products company named, "Shufflebotham and Co. (Wire-drawers)".

There was a fish-and-chip shop in York (UK again) named, "Frier Tucks"

And, I kid you not, while working in Southern Africa more than twenty years ago, I saw a car in Harare (Zimbabwe) belonging to "The Central African Driving School and Panel Beaters Ltd". (Panel Beaters = US Body and Fender Shop).


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:37 AM

Here in Portland we have a very well known restaurant called Hung Far Low. In a similar vein, there was a restaurateur named Harry Chin in another place I lived (Champaign-Urbana, IL, I think). Unfortunately, from the viewpoint of this thread, he was not a barber, but instead ran Chin's Chinese R estaurant.

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Little Hawk
Date: 12 May 02 - 10:19 PM

How ironical that a company like McDonald's, which serves the public garbage masquerading as food, should claim that "people are our most important ingredient". LOL!!! This has got to be the Big Lie principle in all its shameful glory.

Wonder Bread ads fall in roughly the same category, and so do soft drink ads. How about those old cigarette commercials, showing Marlborough men out enjoying all that healthy fresh air under the "big sky"? Ha! The commercial civilization is founded upon Big Lies. They are its daily bread and butter. The standard rule in life: the more vigorously a product is marketed on TV, radio, and in the press...the more worthless it actually is. Worthwhile things sell themselves.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: ddw
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:40 PM

It wasn't a company name, but there was an auto body shop in Windsor, Ont. a few years ago which had a sign covering a whole side of the building that said "Bumping and painting." One night somebody got up there with some paint the same color as the background and blanked out the first "i" in painting. Good for a few chuckles.

There is also a hairdresser's shop in town now called "The Best Little Hairhouse in Windsor"

cheers,

david


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:32 PM

Well damn Bill!! I remember you linking that photo before!!! Chioce piece of work!

AND JIM DIXON---Karen's family is from St. Louis and the first time I heard the name I busted a gut! Talk about overcoming anything.....

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,macca
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:28 PM

I remember, way back when, that there was an shop in Edinburgh with a sign FRANK SEYMOUR, OPTICIAN, painted in HUGE letters on the end of his building where every passing train could see it. Oddly enough, although I recall it clearly even after 35 years, I don't remember anybody else ever making any comment about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Dawley Dave
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:24 PM

Firm in W.Midlands.... Walter Wall Carpets!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:12 PM

When I first got interested in figure skating, in the early '70's, several of us who were watching the US and World Championships got a chuckle every time they would introduce a competitor (all of them female) representing "The Philadelphia Ice [or Figure] Skating Club and Humane Society. I never did find out why those two organizations were linked, but I would not have liked to be a plain-looking girl or woman competing for Philadelphia, with the inevitable jokes that would have been spawned by that name.

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: RichM
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:18 AM

Near a bluegrass festival that I attended annually for many years, there was a plumbing supply store, that also sold musical goodies:
"Ray's Plumbing and Music Shop"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 May 02 - 08:36 AM

in one of McDonald's staff training manuals:

'always remember, people are our most important ingredient'

oh, no sounds like sweeney todd

mr happy


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: RangerSteve
Date: 12 May 02 - 07:25 AM

When I lived in Brooklyn, there was a place down the street named Armegeddon Carpet Cleaners. I don't know what methods they used.

And in Lenoir City, TN, a friend of mine showed me a place called Bogus Auto Parts. Bogus was the owners last name.

And in Chinatown (NY) there was a business called Big Wang's. I have a photo to prove it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: fat B****rd
Date: 12 May 02 - 06:10 AM

Years ago in Sunderland my mother's family had a doctor of European origins whose name was actually Poisoner !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: gnu
Date: 12 May 02 - 05:10 AM

There was a local land developer around here years ago by the name of B.A. Hoar. The add-on joke was that he had a daughter named Ima.

A company I worked for once let a redundant senior VP go, a rather austere English gentleman solicitor. I made up gag gift for his going away party, a letter from the law firm of Pluckem, Phuchem and Chuckem. Perhaps it was the mood but he didn't appreciate the lawyer joke at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: gnomad
Date: 12 May 02 - 04:26 AM

Box & Co, Funeral Directors of Dewsbury UK.

Incidentally, the Registrar for Births Marriages & Deaths in Grimsby used to be one Jean Stiff.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: CarolC
Date: 12 May 02 - 04:02 AM

No kidding, LH. That's great.

CarolC - If the Wang you are referring to is the computer mob, it is derived from the town of Wangaratta, a couple of hours drive up the highway from Melbourne, Australia, which is where the company began.

I really appreciate that you took the trouble to give me that information, Allan. But I think I'm going to pretend I don't know it just the same. So much more scope for the imagination this way, don't you think?

;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 12 May 02 - 02:58 AM

In Madison, Wisconsin there is a time management consutation firm called "Ducks In A Row".

In Chicago there is a restaurant featuring the cuisine of Thailand called "The Beau Thai"

In Evanston, Illinois there used to be a lengerie shop called "I See London".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Little Hawk
Date: 12 May 02 - 01:19 AM

Carol - Not only is Wang a strange name for a computer company...but a friend of mine in the 70's knew a Chinese guy in Toronto whose name was Wayne Wong...and he worked for Wang!!! Strange but true.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 12 May 02 - 12:45 AM

Jim D., I remember the Griesedick Bros. from when I lived in Quincy, Illinois, and as a high-schooler, I thought it was pretty funny then!

A business name that's not funny in its own language (German) but is pretty hilarious to an English-speaking person is "Pschitt"* Cola. I remember seeing the name on the walls of the ice rink when European or World competitions were held in Germany, and I got a quite a chuckle out of the name.

Genie

*For those not familiar with German, the "P" and "C" are silent, and the "i" is short.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: alison
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:58 PM

we have a tree lopping company in sydney called the "the tree fellers".... I can't help thinking that if you rang them three Irishmen armed with chain-saws would arrive at your door... *grin*

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Bill D
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:36 PM

hey. spaw!.....

re: " (And I hate to mention the DT's very own Dick Greenhaus......can you imagine what that would look like? Boggles the mind;long tables with little pots and dicks growing out of them......"

it's been done but....


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 May 02 - 09:47 PM

I stand corrected on "Dewey, Cheetham & Howe." In fairness, I should point out that, as far as I know, Tom & Ray never claimed to have invented DC&H—I just assumed that. My bad, not theirs.

When I was growing up in St. Louis, there was a brand of beer called GRIESEDIECK BROS., pronounced Grease-a-dick, or almost like Greasy Dick.

I remember listening to St. Louis Cardinals baseball games on the radio and hearing the announcers do live commercials for Griesedieck Bros. It's amazing they could get through them without stumbling over words or breaking up, but they did.

See http://www.gb-beer.com/gbbeerhistory.html

Despite what the history page says, I'm pretty sure the brand was still being marketed in the 1970s under the name GB, with the logo as seen at the web site, and the name "Griesedieck Bros." appearing only in small print below it. I remember it because this was about the time the beer-can collecting craze began, and I acquired six cans the old-fashioned way—I drank them. I probably still have one somewhere in my basement.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 03:56 PM

p.s.

i do confess


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 03:56 PM

and me!


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