January 19, 2012

“A ticket to ride” – from the Beatles to politics to LOLdogs…


“She’s got a ticket to ride, but she don’t care.”
       The Beatles
       The well-known line from the chorus of their 1965 song “Ticket to Ride,” featured in their movie HELP!
       Like many Beatles songs, “Ticket to Ride” is officially credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney but was primarily written by one of them (in this case Lennon). The lyrics tell the story of a guy who’s “gonna be sad” because his girlfriend is dumping him and “going away.” It’s a bit unclear what her “ticket to ride” refers to. It could be a ticket on some form of public transportation. It could allude to her relationship with the guy, a “ride” she no longer cares about.
According to many websites and books about the Beatles, Lennon once suggested in his typically cheeky (and often tongue-in-cheek) fashion that he coined the phrase when the band was playing in Hamburg, Germany in the early 1960s. The local prostitutes there had to get regular medical checkups. Those who passed were given a card confirming they had no venereal disease — which Lennon said he dubbed “a ticket to ride.” Another theory in Beatles lore is that “ticket to ride” was a pun about the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. One of McCartney’s cousins ran a bar there that he and Lennon visited together, after buying a ticket on the British Railways train to Ryde.


“Ladies and gentlemen, I think we’re in the hunt!...I’d say third place is a ticket to ride, ladies and gentleman! Hello, South Carolina!”
       Jon Huntsman 
       The former Governor of Utah who is a now a former Republican presidential candidate
       Comment in
a speech on the night of January 10, 2012, after taking third place in New Hampshire’s Republican primary
       Huntsman’s use of “ticket to ride” was his attempt at a clever sound bite suggesting that he had the momentum needed to continue his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in the upcoming South Carolina primary election. Several days later, when polls showed Mitt Romney would likely beat him by a wide margin, Huntsman dropped out of the Republican primary race before the Palmetto State’s primary was held.


“Yes, he’s got a ticket to ride and we don’t care.”
       Stephen Colbert
       Host of the Comedy Channel’s Colbert Report TV show 
       Spoofing Huntsman’s reference to the Beatles’ song
on the January 11, 2012 episode of the Colbert Report


“If she’s got a ticket to ride, why don’t she care? Why did she buy it in the first place?” 
“Quincy the Wolf” 
one of the “Deep Thoughts” posted in his journal on the OKCupid.com site


       Caption on an ihasahotdog.com photo

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January 8, 2012

“He can run, but he can’t hide.”


“He can run, but he can’t hide.”
Joe Louis (1914-1981)
       American heavyweight boxing champion, nicknamed “The Brown Bomber” 
       This was Joe’s famous comment about boxer
Billy Conn, shortly before their heavyweight title rematch in New York City on June 19, 1946. (Some sources wrongly link it to the first Louis-Conn fight in 1941, which Louis won.) Louis had devastating punches. But Conn was lighter and faster, so there was speculation that “The Pittsburg Kid” could win. When a reporter asked Louis about Conn’s speed, Joe gave his memorable response and it was repeated in news stories throughout the country.   
       Louis ended up winning the fight by a knockout in the eighth round. The next day, a headline in the New York Times said:
“Louis Proves His Own Prediction: Conn Could Run, but Couldn’t Hide.”
       Louis’s quip became a commonly-used taunt in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries. Quotation expert Ralph Keyes speculated in his book The Quote Verifier that Louis may have been repeating a line that was already circulating in street talk. And, language maven Barry Popik recently discovered that Louis
made a similar remark in 1939. However, even if Louis didn’t coin “He can run, but he can’t hide,” he clearly deserves credit for popularizing it and his most famous use of those words was before his 1946 fight with Conn.


“My friends, our message to President Barack Obama is you can run, but you can’t hide from your record of making this country bankrupt, from destroying our national security and for making this nation one that we have to restore with Mitt Romney as president of the United States of America.”
Sen. John McCain
       Republican politician, U.S. Senator for Arizona
Remark made by McCain on January 4, 2012 when he endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election.


“McCain can run, but he can’t hide. Well, he can’t so much run as hobble, but he can’t hide. Well, if he ran into a retirement home, he probably could hide among all the octogenarians. But I am sure if we radio tag him, we will be able to find him.”
A reader comment on a news story about McCain’s attempt to pull out of the scheduled presidential debates with Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election, when he was the Republican presidential nominee. (Posted on the UrbanSwirl.com site.)


“He can’t run, but he can hide.”
Ben Muessig
       Journalist for the Huffington Post and AOL News
       Muessig’s punny opening line in
a news story about a one-legged man who successfully evaded the police in Orange County, Florida on foot (literally one foot in this case) after driving recklessly through a residential community and smashing his car into a power pole.


“I want to teach Gigi my young granddaughter, how to fish...Out on the boat she is captive. She can squirm, but she can’t hide. I will tell her I love her. And when she asks, ‘Are you crying?’ I’ll say, ‘Yes, but these are tears of joy. Older guys do that, Gigi.’ You can do that kind of thing when you go mackerel fishing.”
George H.W. Bush
       Republican politician and 41st President of the United States 
       Excerpt from a letter Bush wrote in September 1998, published in the book
Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul (2000) by Mark Victor Hansen, Ken McKowen and Dahlynn McKowen

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