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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Montgomery County Is Amish Paradise.

For thirty years now, while many people have been leaving Montgomery County, the Amish have been moving in. We now have five one room Amish schools. I wrote an opinion piece for The Sunday Gazette on the Amish many years ago, and I hope to post more about them here in the future.

For now, however, I just wanted to mention the enormous amount of Amish humor that exists--some by the Amish but most about the Amish. Of course, Weird Al Yankovic’s Amish Paradise immediately comes to mind. National Lampoon had an article on Amish In Space in their April 1974 issue and local radio host Don Weeks used to have a segment of his show with the same name.

According to many people who study humor, incongruity is the basis of most humor. What is more incongruous than hitching posts outside of the dollar store in Fort Plain? (As great a salesman as he is, no one has yet been able to convince Billy Fucillo to install them at his auto plaza in Nelliston.)

I can never remember a joke, but I do remember one Amish joke. (For the punch line, you will have to click on comments).

What goes clip clop, clip clop, bang bang bang, clippety clop, clippety clop, clippety clop?

3 Comments:

  • An Amish drive by shooting.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 5:20 AM  

  • You probably already heard this story on WAMC, but just in case:

    http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=903370

    By Blogger Albany Eye, at 7:08 AM  

  • I read a similar story in The Daily Gazette. I wish I still had the news story about the Village of Nelliston wanting to make the Amish put diapers on their horses.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 8:15 AM  

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