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Old 10 January 2013, 08:59 AM
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I just have to share this: http://wumocomicstrip.com/strip/2004/11/16/
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Old 10 January 2013, 02:07 PM
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Very funny. Honest. I almost ed.

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Old 10 January 2013, 05:41 PM
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Coming from an Irish family, it's nice to see there's another version of the old joke, ...

Why did the Irish get the potatoes and the Arabs got the oil?.
Because the Irish had first choice.
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Old 10 January 2013, 07:45 PM
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Depending on when the choice was made, it could easily have looked like a no-brainer from the other direction to our likely reaction.

I don't think petroleum oil was considered particularly valuable until the 1800's.
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Old 10 January 2013, 11:42 PM
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Dunno if I can blame the Scandinavians for choosing the way they did: mmm....bacon
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Old 11 January 2013, 07:58 AM
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Depending on when the choice was made, it could easily have looked like a no-brainer from the other direction to our likely reaction.
I thought it was supposed to be complementing the Irish good sense until I realised it was meant to be another "Irish stupidity" joke. Would you rather be stuck in a desert with some oil, or on a fertile island with some potatoes? The potatoes are still the obvious choice, really.
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Old 11 January 2013, 11:55 AM
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Coming from an Irish family, it's nice to see there's another version of the old joke, ...

Why did the Irish get the potatoes and the Arabs got the oil?.
Because the Irish had first choice.
I thought the punch line - particularly among Irish - would be "Because the potatoes had first choice."
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