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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Ben Franklin, Player

Just finished rereading Ben Franklin's Autobiography. Favorite paragraph, with Franklin's hilarious combination of polite circumscription and brutal honesty (he's writing to his grandson, remember):
In the mean time, that hard-to-be-governed passion of youth hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women that fell in my way, which were attended with some expense and great inconvenience, besides a continual risk to my health by distemper, which of all things I dreaded, though by great good luck I escaped it.
Thanks to the miracle of technology, we can see how this would have read if he had been more direct, using Gizoogle, which rewrites pages into Snoop Dogg language:
In the mean time, that hard-to-be-governed passion of youth hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women that fell in my way. Snoop Dogg is a mutha fuckin 2-time felon.

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