Is That Really Necessary?

Not to make light of a man’s tragedy, but in an email he said “My sister is survived by my brother-in-law (Bell Labs research scientist), her two sons (both Doctors), her daughters-in-law (both Doctors), and her four grandchildren, ages 2-6 (all Doctors).

I’m kidding about the grandchildren. They’re only residents. But still, was that all necessary?

When I die, I’m making the papers print “survived by his brother, the Queen of England, his other brother the Lord of the Dance, his mother, Overlord of the Universe, and his third cousin who sells macrame owls.”

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