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Why Paddy's not at work today ...
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dakiwiboid From: dakiwiboid Date: February 2nd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Speaking of "Why Paddy's Not At Work Today"....

my former father-in-law was not a very wise man, to put it mildly (or a nice one or a kind one or... I could go on at length, but I'll stop.) One day, during a compulsory Sunday visit, he showed me a cutting from a newspaper, with the lyrics from Paddy recast as a news story.

I took one look at it and said, "Oh, that's "Why Paddy's Not At Work Today"! He stared at me and said "What?" I said, "It's a classic Irish folk song," and proceeded to sing it. He was appalled. "But it's IN THE PAPER!" He worked for the Post-Dispatch, and couldn't believe that someone would put a hoax item in a newspaper. I pointed out that someone had probably put it in another paper as a joke and the wire services had probably picked it up, and someone at the Post had likely put it in as filler. I don't think he ever forgave me for that, the old bastard.
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