Monday, September 3, 2007

Laboring Stooges

To celebrate Labor Day here in the US, today we pay tribute to the hardest working men you’ll ever find. The Three Stooges. No, really.

From their first independent short “Woman Haters” (1934) in which they played traveling salesmen, the Stooges have worked in more occupations than most of us can in a lifetime. Even those of us who get fired a lot. They were medical students in “Men in Black” (1934), and had adventures as detectives and exterminators, artists, fire fighters, and as operators of a dog laundry.

They were waiters, prospectors, plumbers, and pharmacists. They were construction workers, and census takers. They were greeting card salesmen and fish salesmen.

They were tailors and tree surgeons. They were ice delivery men, merchant marines, and janitors.

They represented the every day working stiff, except for their colossal ineptitude and stupidity, but the boys were always well meaning and most certainly hard working.

Hats off today to all of us stumblebums trying to make ends meet. If you’re interested in learning more about the Three Stooges and their esteemed occupations, visit

And have a great Labor Day. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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