Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 22 JULY 2018


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Post No. 5246


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More Vanity Anecdotes

PT Barnum craved free publicity. When he was near death the ‘Evening Sun’  of New York, asked the great show man’s publicity agent if Barnum would object to having his obituary published before he died. The agent said, ‘the old man will be delighted’.

Next day Barnum read four columns about his own death, and he loved it.

(Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, politician, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus-wikipedia)


Theodore Roosevelt, at the height of his prominence in American pubilc life, was once approached by a man on the street who tipped his hat and said,
‘Mr Brown, I believe?’
Roosevelt looked at the man and replied bluntly,

‘Sir, if you believe that, you will believe anything’.


Oscar Levant is said to have once asked George Gershwin,
Tell me George, if you had it to do all over, would you fall in love with yourself again?

(George Jacob Gershwin (/ˈɡɜːrʃ.wɪn/; September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist.[1][2] Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), as well as the contemporary opera Porgy and Bess (1935).- Wikipedia)

Gershwin observed Oscar Levant, was the happiest man on earth. He was in love with himself and did not have a rival on earth.

When Coolidge was governor of Massachusetts he was once host to A visiting English man of some prominence. The latter ostentatiously took a British coin from his pocket, saying,
‘My great great grandfather was made a Lord by the King whose picture you see on this shilling.’
Coolidge laconically produced a nickel.
‘My great great grandfather, he said, was made an angel by the(Red) Indian whose picture you see on this coin’.


An English newspaper once published the following bit of gossip

James Mc Neil whistler and Oscar Wilde were seen yesterday in Brighton , talking as usual about themselves.
Whistler sent the paragraph to Wilde with a note saying
‘I wish these reporters would be accurate. If you remember, Oscar, we were talking about me’.
Wilde sent him a telegram saying,
‘It is true, Jimmie, we were talking about you, but I was thinking of myself’


A little fable was formerly current about Theodore Roosevelt. The great man, after his death, was-supposed to-have ascended to heaven. There he bustled about made himself a nuisance by insisting that he be entrusted with some major responsibility. At last wearily the higher powers instructed St. Peter to authorise T.R. to organise and train a celestial choirs to replace the old one, which it was felt had gone to seed. T. R. continued to be a nuisance by the fierce persistence with which he pressed his requisitions.
I must-have 10000 sopranos, he told the bewildered and weary St. Peter And 10000 contraltos, and 10000 tenors
And hurry hurry everything is waiting on you.
Yes said Peter, how about the basses?
Roosevelt fixed him with a scornful glare.
I will sing bass! He bellowed.

Xxxx SUBHAM xxx

‘Women are vainer than Men’ – Disproved!(Post No.2726)

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Compiled by london swaminathan

Date: 15 April, 2016


Post No. 2726


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Anecdotes about VANITY

It is not a Sin, it is a Mistake!

A young girl came to Father Healey of Dublin and confessed that she feared she had incurred the sin of vanity.

“What makes you think that?” asked Father Healey.

“Because very morning when I look into the mirror I think how beautiful I am.”

“Never fear, my girl, was the reassuring reply.

“That is not a sin, it is only a mistake.”




While D’Annunzio was living in France, a letter addressed to him simply with the words


“Italy’s Greatest Poet”

He declined to accept it, saying that he was not Italy’s greatest poet — he was the World’s Greatest Poet!




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Who is vain? Man or woman?

Miss Frances Keller of the Women’s Municipal League of New York illustrated at a dinner party a point she wished to make in reply to a man who had said,

“Women are vainer than men.”

“Of course”, Miss Keller answered, “I admit that women are vain and men are not. There are a thousand proofs that this is so. Why, the necktie of the handsomest man in this room is even now up the back of his collar.”


There were six men present and each of them put his hand gently behind his neck!



City life and Village life

A young man, who had come to the city from a small rural community, had toiled diligently until at last he had attained some prominence in the banking world.

Belatedly he returned for a visit to his home town, half expecting that the greater part of the community would be marshalled out to meet him at the station, and that some considerable fuss would be made over the local boy who had made good.

To his disappointment, there was not a soul around when he alighted at the station platform. He waited doubtfully as several people came and went, none of them giving him so much as a glance.

At last he was recognised by an old baggage handler who shuffled forward and looked at him with some interest, “Hello, George!”, he said at last, “going away?”