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Surprise me

Posted by GPP on July 29, 2003

In Reply to: Re: I am so old... posted by ESC on July 28, 2003

: : : I AM SO OLD THEY'VE CANCELED MY BLOOD TYPE - "(Bob) Hope was said to have taken the (100th birthday) festivities in his typical self-effacing manner. 'I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type,' the entertainer is said to have remarked to his family." ABC News online, http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/Entertainment/hope030728.html, July 28, 2003. "Bob Hope Dies
: : : Legendary Entertainer's Career Started in Vaudeville, Moved on to Stage, Radio, Movies and TV"

: : BBC reported today that Bob Hope made the following reply when asked recently where he wanted to be buried - "Surprise me"

: That's funny.

: A friend and coworker had a terminal illness. He went to pick out his coffin and, not liking the selection, asked the funeral director if he had one with a racing stripe.

The "Surprise me" story is an old "Yogiism", something that American baseball player Yogi Berra may or may not have ever said--such as, "I didn't really say everything I said." The Yogi story is given as:
Yogi's wife Carmen: "Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?"
Yogi: "Surprise me."
One of the best online sites for Yogiisms is http://www.umpirebob.com/DATA/yogiisms.htm; Amazon also lists several collections of his sayings in book format.