The the impotence of proofreading
By Taylor Mali
Has this ever happened to you?
You work very horde on a paper for English clash
get a very glow raid (like a D or even a D=)
and all because you are the wordıs liverwurst spoiler.
peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence.
This is a problem that affects manly, manly students.
I myself was such a bed spiller once
upon a term
that my English teacher in my sophomoric year,
Mrs. Myth, said I would never get into a good colleague.
thatıs all I wanted, just to get into a good colleague.
Not just anal community colleague,
because I wouldnıt be happy
at anal community colleague.
I needed a place that would offer me intellectual simulation,
I really need to be challenged,
I know this makes me sound like a stereo,
but I really wanted to go to an ivory legal collegue.
I needed to improvement
or gone would be my dream of going to Harvard, Jail, or Prison
(in Prison, New Jersey).
So I got myself a spell checker
and figured I was on Sleazy Street.
But there are several missed aches
that a spell chukker canıt canıt catch catch.
if you accidentally leave a word
your spell exchequer wonıt put it in you.
And God for billing purposes only
should have serial problems with Tori Spelling
your spell Chekhov might replace a word
with one you had absolutely no
detention of using.
Because what do you want it to douch?
It only does what you tell it to douche.
Youıre the one
with your hand on the mouth going clit, clit, clit.
It just goes to show you how embargo
one careless clit of the mouth
Which reminds me of this one time during my Junior Mint.
The teacher read my entire paper
on A Sale of Two Titties
out loud to all of my assmates.
Iım not joking, Iım totally cereal.
It was the most humidifying
experience of my life,
being laughed at pubically.
So do yourself a flavor and follow these two Pisces of advice:
One: There is no prostitute
for careful editing.
And three: When it comes to proofreading,
the red penis your friend.
Tony Steinberg: Brave Seventh Grade Viking Warrior
Have you ever seen a Viking ship made out of popsicle sticks
And balsa wood? With tiny coils
of brown thread for ropes,
Sixteen oars made out of chopsticks, and a red and yellow sail
made from a baby's footie
He died with his sword in his hand and so went straight to heaven.
The Vikings sometimes buried their bravest warriors in ships.
Or set them adrift and on fire,
a floating island of flames.
The soul of the brave warrior rising slowly with the smoke.
To understand life in Scandinavia
in the Middle Ages,
You must understand the Viking ship.
So here is the assignment:
The class must build me a miniature Viking ship.
You have a
month. And you must all work together.
These projects are what I'm known for as a teacher.
Like the Egyptian Pyramid Project.
you ever seen a family of four standing around a card table after dinner,
each one holding one triangular side of a miniature
pyramid until the glue dried?
I haven't either, but Mrs. Steinberg said it took 90 minutes,
and even with the little
brother on one side saying,
This is dumb! This is a stupid pyramid, Tony!
going to fail this project.
If I get Mr. Mali next year, my pyramid is going to be much better than this!
on the other side saying,
Shut up! Shut up! You little %#@!
no, no, no, no, no! Keep holding your side
or I swear I'll kill you after the glue dries!
It was the best family
time they'd spent together since Christmas.
He died with his sword in his hand and so went straight to heaven,
which the Vikings called
Mr. Mali, if that's true, that you would go straight to Valhalla
if you died with your
sword in your hand,
then if you were an old Viking
and you were about to die of old age,
could you could keep your
sword right by your bed
so if you felt like you were going to die
you could reach out and grab it?
I don't know if their gods would fall for that,
but it sounds like a good idea to me.
Tony was out for a month before we heard what was wrong.
And the 12 boys left whispered the
name of the disease
as if you could catch it from saying it too loud.
We'd been warned. The Middle School Head had come to class
And said Tony was coming to school
But he's had a rough time.
The medication he's taking has made all his hair fall out,
and he's a little
shy about it.
So don't stare, don't point, don't laugh.
I always said I liked teaching in a private school
Because I could talk about God
not be breaking the law.
And for an Episcopalian kid who only went to church
On Christmas and Easter, I sure talked
about God a lot.
In history of course, that's easy,
Even the Egyptian Pyramid Project is essentially a spiritual exercise.
how can you study geometry and not believe in a God?
A God of perfect points and planes,
Surrounded by angels and angles of all different degrees.
a God wouldn't give cancer to seventh grade boy.
Wouldn't make his hair fall out from the chemo.
Totally bald in a
jacket and tie on Friday morning.
And I don't mean Tony. Not one single boy in my class had hair;
the other 12 had shaved
their heads in solidarity.
Have you ever seen 13 bald-headed seventh grade boys,
all pointing at each other, all staring,
It's a beautiful sight. And almost as striking as 12 boys
six weeks later, now with crew
cuts on a Saturday morning,
outside the synagogue with heads bowed,
holding hands and standing in a circle
the smoldering remains
of a miniature Viking ship,
the soul of the brave warrior
rising slowly with the smoke.