What a day. We loafed at home and then went to pick up Grandma and take her to see Duck, Duck, Dupe with us. Today’s theme was famous siblings. The guest was someone who caused Mallard to go into extreme phases of different sorts, because he was in love with her. Here’s phase one, he freezes as long as she’s on stage and talks.
This episode duped me, can you spot the dupe?
Story one – way back in 1918 (when Grandma was 2) twin sisters were born. Pauline Esther and Esther Pauline were inseparable.
They liked the same things, they finished each others sentences, heck, they even got married on the same day at the same church wearing the same dress (but not to the same guy.)
Then one day Esther got a job as an advice columnist. Her sister was jealous and it drove a wedge into their relationship. Pauline went across the country to get a job, also as an advice columnist. Rivalry ensued and for more than a decade the sisters cut off all ties with each other, all the while advising siblings across the US to bury the hatchet with their own problems.
Story two – Napoleon had a problem.
No, it wasn’t that he was short….or French, it was one of his sisters, Paoletta.
She was a bit of a meanie, she used her servants as foot stools. She was a bit of a shocker, she liked to take public milk baths with men in the room and she was annoying to the Emperor. So, he bought her a little place in Italy and sent her off.
Unfortunately, she sold the place and came back to France even more of a party animal than when she left, what’s a big brother to do?
Story three – Groucho, Harpo and that other guy…Chico were making a movie. They were getting famous, especially Groucho. A toy company had the great idea of making a gag gift that would turn anyone into an instant Groucho. Suddenly the streets were filled with little kids wearing glasses with huge moustaches and furry eyebrows.
The other guys thought it was flattering, but Groucho was outraged. Making fun of him and they didn’t even ask! He was so outraged that he threatened to break up the brotherly group and leave the stage….forever.
So, which is the dupe…..
nothing but horsefeathers……
If you guessed story 3, you’re right! I guessed story one because I thought there’s no way a couple would name their twins the same name, just reversed and what are the odds that those twins would end up as competing advice columnists?
Well, it is true that Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther were twins who did get married on the same day.
Esther got the job as Ann Landers and sure enough, Pauline got the job as Dear Abby just to spite her sister. They were cut off from each other for almost 10 years before they decided to bury the hatchet right before their 25th wedding anniversaries. Who knew? (Obviously, not me.)
And it is true that Napoleon had a party animal sister who treated her servants as personal footstools and carrying conveyances, she took public baths, had strings of lovers, entertained men in her room…while she was bathing, wore sheer dresses and sold the property her brother gave her so she could come back to France and party.
But, when her brother needed her, she was the only sibling to stand by him, selling off her property to help him, going into exile with him and crying when he died (she was too sick to see him before he died.)
But, it is NOT true that Groucho Marx was about to throw in the towel when toy moustache/eyebrow glasses came out.
He was actually kind of flattered, after all if you had those and a horn you could be Groucho and Harpo, never mind that other guy….Chico.
(There were five Marx brothers, the one on the bottom in this picture is Zeppo – people had a hard time remembering his name too.)
As to why Jack, AKA Ruddy Duckini, is wearing a hot dog suit and was wearing a sombrero, you’d have to show up to a DDD episode to find out.
After the show we took Grandma to lunch at Black Eyed Pea, she liked going to one of her old haunts (even though they didn’t have soup – well, not one that she liked.) Then we took a drive to Castle Rock to drop off Bethany at a birthday party and then drove all the way back to Grandma’s place to drop her off. She had a good time and got a drive in too, something she likes to do (though she would rather be the one driving, but that ain’t gonna happen.)
The crew at Buntport told us that Pizzeria Locale was donating half of your ticket to the theater, so we went by there for dinner to eat pizza and support Buntport. Pizzeria Locale makes the individual sized pizzas right in front of you, you can choose from their combos or make your own. The girls all got Margherita pizzas, I made my own with: olive oil, basil, mozzarella, banana peppers, red onion, olives, artichokes and pepperoni. James had one with ham, pepperoni, sausage, olives and red sauce. They were very good, thin crust pizzas.
It was a good, long, day.