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6 Jun
Hydrogen and Stupidity -- A Lesson in Funny

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri,  6 Jun 97 15:53:51 -0700
To: Fun_People
Subject: Hydrogen and Stupidity -- A Lesson in Funny

Forwarded-by: Ken Alexander <>

> >               The two most common things in the universe
> >                     are hydrogen and stupidity.
> >                                  -Harlan Ellison
> Is this Harlan's?  I've heard it in circulation for some time, but never
> with a definite attribution.

_Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor_, issue one (March 1995), page 22,
has drawings of Ellison talking to the reader:

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen... and stupidity.
 You may have read that epigraph on a button or on a graffiti wall somewhere.
 They always get it wrong.  It's my quote.  I thunk it up.  You can find it
 in my autobiographical sketch in Who's Who.  But when they swipe it, the
 schmucks always get it wrong.  They say, 'The two most common *things* in
 the universe...' which ain't funny.  *Elements*.  Now *that* is funny."

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