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1652. Well there ya go

(Thanks to GP Cox of Pacific Paratrooper for giving the opening sentence, and apologies in advance for turning out a horrid story.)

“Well there ya go, it happened again.”

It was the saddest thing; Ollie Hope was teased at school. It was closer to persecution. Others viewed him with distain. He was a bit thick, a bit slow, a couple of nuts short of a fruit cake. All that the other students would ever say to Ollie was “Look what the cat brought in.” To which Ollie always replied, “Well there ya go, it happened again.”

It was like pressing a button.

“Look what the cat brought in.”

“Well there ya go, it happened again.”

“Look what the cat brought in.”

“Well there ya go, it happened again.”

The truth was, Ollie wasn’t stupid, but he didn’t know how he was meant to respond to such a silly statement, especially since it happened all the time and was clearly meant as a torment. His reply had simply started out as a sensible response to “Look what the cat brought in” several times in a row. “Well there ya go, it happened again.”

Poor Ollie didn’t make too many friends. He was a bit of a loner, but not from choice. When he hanged himself in his parent’s garage it was the third school suicide within as many months.

As one teacher observed: “Well there ya go, it happened again.”

And everybody laughed.

790. Sticks and stones

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Mummy! Mummy! At school they called me Farty-Pants. Johnny called me Farty-Pants and then everyone started calling me Farty-Pants! Farty-Pants! I don’t want to go to school tomorrow.

Listen, Tommy. All you have to do is say Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me! You say it now!

Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!

There! So if at school tomorrow they call you names, all you have to do is say:

Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!

The next day Tommy went off to school. Mummy knew she’d told him a load of crap.

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