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From my good friend Scott Ratner:

"What do you expect when the very name of the store is Target?  It's like buying food items at a store called Ralphs."

Last 5 posts by David

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Craig  •  Dec 20, 2013 @8:16 am

    Maybe they should have just called it Victims…

  2. barry  •  Dec 20, 2013 @8:38 pm

    I don't get it. Did Scott go to school with a kid named Ralph who was a notoriously bad cook or something?

  3. AlphaCentauri  •  Dec 20, 2013 @9:25 pm

    @barry, at least where I grew up, "ralph" referred to vomit.

  4. barry  •  Dec 21, 2013 @12:43 am

    @AlphaCentauri
    Aha, thanks. I get it now. That's unfortunate (and nothing to do with Ralph Waldo Emerson's boiled rabbit recipe).

  5. David  •  Dec 21, 2013 @7:11 am

    The missing factor: Ralphs is a supermarket chain in southern California, a place to which he and Ken and I (and maybe some o' y'all) have ties.

  6. Marzipan  •  Dec 21, 2013 @8:33 pm

    Or an electronics store named Fry's. I've had lots of bad luck with hardware bought there, and a couple of cards have actually fried.

  7. AlphaCentauri  •  Dec 21, 2013 @9:35 pm

    How about a study of radical mastectomy by Dr. Butcher?
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1387713/

  8. Epobirs  •  Dec 24, 2013 @10:44 am

    In the 80s there was an OB/GYN in Ventura County named Martha Beaver. We came across her listing in the PPO directory when our company first got insurance. The question we never got an answer for was whether she was born with that name or married it.

    Ralphs supermarkets are pretty dominant in my area, so it took me a while to recall the verb form of ralph.