David Levinthal sent the following letter

Ads in Bills:

Have you ever noticed that they put advertisements in with your bills now? Like bills aren't distasteful enough, they have to stuff junk mail in there with them. I get back at them. I putgarbage in with my check when I mail it in. Coffee grounds, banana peels...I write, "Could you throw this away for me? Thank you."

Fabric Softener:

My wife uses fabric softener. I never knew what that stuff was for. Then I noticed women were coming up to me (sniff) "Married" (walk off). That's how they mark their territory.You can take off that ring, but it's hard to get that April-fresh scent out of your clothes.

Cripes:

My wife's from the Midwest. Very nice people there. Very wholesome. They use words like "cripes." "For cripes sake."Who would that be, Jesus Cripes? The son of Gosh? Of the church of Holy Moly? I'm not making fun of it--you think I wanna burn in Heck?

Morning Differences:

Men and women are different in the morning. The men wake up aroused in the morning. We can't help it. We just wake up and we want you. And the women are thinking, "How can he want me the way I look in the morning?" It's because we can't see you. We have no blood anywhere near our optic nerve.

Pregnancy:

It's weird when pregnant women feel the baby kicking. They say, "Oh, my God. He's kicking. Do you wanna feel it?" I always feel awkward reaching over there. Come on! It's weird to ask someone to feel your stomach. I don't do that when I have gas. "Oh, my God...give me your hand...It won't be long now..."

Grandma:

My grandmother has a bumper sticker on her car that says "Sexy Senior Citizen." You don't want to think of your grandmother that way, do you? Out entering wet-shawl contests. Makes you wonder where she got that dollar she gave you for your birthday.

Reverse Life Cycle:

The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean,life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A death. What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old-age home. You get kicked out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating...you finish off as a gleam.

Prisons:

Did you know that it costs $40,000 a year to house each prisoner? Jeez, for $40,000 a piece I'll take a few prisoners into my house. I live in Los Angeles--I already have bars on the windows. I don't think we should give free room and board to criminals. I think they should have to run 12 hours a day on a treadmill and generate electricity. And if they don't want to run, they can rest in the chair that's hooked up to the generator.

Award Shows:

Can you believe how many award shows they have now? They give awards for commercials. The Cleo Awards. A whole show full of commercials. I taped it and then I fast-forwarded through the whole thing.

Phone-in Polls:

You know those shows where people call in and vote on different issues? Did you ever notice there's always, like, 18 percent "I don't know"? It costs 90 cents to call up and vote, and they're voting"I don't know." "Honey, I feel very strongly about this. Give me the phone. (Into phone) 'I DON'T KNOW!' (hangs up, looking proud). Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe you're not sure about." This guy probably calls up phone-sex girls for $2.95. (Into phone) "I'm not in the mood."

Answering Machine:

Did you ever hear one of those corny, positive messages on someone's answering machine? "Hi. It's a great day and I'm out enjoying it right now. I hope you are too. The thought for the day is 'Share the love.'" Beep. "Uh, yeah...this is the VD clinic calling....Speaking of being positive, your test is back. Stop sharing the love."

[ As Read on Car Talk ]