January 10, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 38

Perfect punch line: the mother-in-law of all jokes

If you ever need a punch line, here’s one you always can depend on: “...my mother-in-law!” Guaranteed laugh.

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Or, from me, a punch in the nose.

Fact is I love my mother-in-law and am depressed that she is ailing. But mothers-in-law are just about the only group of people you still can pick on (besides maybe Nazis) without having anyone make a peep. There’s nothing politically incorrect about ragging on the mom of your spouse — or all moms of all spouses. Where’s the mother-in-law lobby when you need ‘em?

This group seems to have been missing for several millenniums. After all,...

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