Results for - The World According To Erma

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Erma Brombeck rightfully earned her place as one of our best-loved and funniest humorist -- as well as one of the most astute observers of everyday life. When she died in April 1996, she left a legacy anyone could be proud of -- three major newspaper columns, over 13 books, and the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, which is believed to be the only national workshop for humor writers. At the height of her popularity, 900 newspapers syndicated her column to an audience of 30 million people. Here are a few more things about her you may not know. Which of these did you know already?

1. Erma Brombeck rightfully earned her place as one of our best-loved and funniest humorist -- as well as one of the most astute observers of everyday life. When she died in April 1996, she left a legacy anyone could be proud of -- three major newspaper columns, over 13 books, and the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, which is believed to be the only national workshop for humor writers. At the height of her popularity, 900 newspapers syndicated her column to an audience of 30 million people. Here are a few more things about her you may not know. Which of these did you know already?

Erma started elementary school one year earlier than usual for her age and became an excellent student.
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70 votes
Young Erma tremendously enjoyed popular humor writers.
6%
141 votes
Erma was hired for a local radio show as a child; she tapped and sang for eight years.
3%
61 votes
In Junior High School, Erma began writing a humor column for the school paper and in high school, a serious column.
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83 votes
Erma's first job was as a copygirl for the Dayton Herald.
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64 votes
Erma's first journalistic gig was to interview Shirley Temple on her visit to Dayton, OH. The interview was featured in the paper.
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64 votes
She left Ohio University after one semester, failing many of her literary assignments and was rejected by the university newspaper.
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54 votes
In 1978, Erma's column was published in 900 newspapers in the US and by 1985 she was published also in Canada as well as being collected for a series of books.
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147 votes
In 1978 she was involved in the Presidential Advisory Committee for Women, particularly for the final implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment
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76 votes
She wrote multiple TV shows, none were successful but she did become a TV personality for a few years doing commentary and interviews on Good Morning America.
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130 votes
Knew all of these -- big Erma Brombeck fan!
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63 votes
Knew none
50%
1,149 votes
Not familiar with who she is
33%
754 votes
Of course, what she is the most famous for are her quotable observations on everyday life. The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop occurs every two years at the University of Dayton, the alma mater of the American humorist and proud daughter of Dayton. The weekends offer tributes and inspired hundreds of writers to carry on in the spirit of the writer who in a 32-year career observed the life of a suburban housewife and mother with deft, wise humor. Here are just a few of her quotes on being a mother and housewife. Do you identify with (or just plain like) any of these?

2. Of course, what she is the most famous for are her quotable observations on everyday life. The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop occurs every two years at the University of Dayton, the alma mater of the American humorist and proud daughter of Dayton. The weekends offer tributes and inspired hundreds of writers to carry on in the spirit of the writer who in a 32-year career observed the life of a suburban housewife and mother with deft, wise humor. Here are just a few of her quotes on being a mother and housewife. Do you identify with (or just plain like) any of these?

Have you any idea how many children it takes to turn off one light in the kitchen Three. It takes one to say What light and two more to say I didn't turn it on
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283 votes
When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he's doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911.
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197 votes
My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint
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153 votes
No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick
14%
321 votes
All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.
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260 votes
Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn't even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.
14%
328 votes
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows
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169 votes
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
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209 votes
There's something wrong with a mother who washes out a measuring cup with soap and water after she's only measured water in it.
11%
257 votes
When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out.
7%
162 votes
I don't know why no one ever thought to paste a label on the toilet-tissue spindle giving 1-2-3 directions for replacing the tissue on it. Then everyone in the house would know what Mama knows
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154 votes
All of them
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213 votes
None of them
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1,300 votes
One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child's name and how old he or she is
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201 votes
A child needs your love most when he deserves it least
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370 votes
My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?
9%
215 votes
Here are a few more of her quotes, on other subjects from humor to weight loss, and everything in between. Which of these do you like?

3. Here are a few more of her quotes, on other subjects from humor to weight loss, and everything in between. Which of these do you like?

Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, its unplanned, it's full of suprises
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263 votes
Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery
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251 votes
When you look like your passport photo, it's time to go home
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227 votes
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
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237 votes
Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It's gossip
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211 votes
In two decades I've lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet
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150 votes
Seize the moment. Just think of all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.
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251 votes
Maybe age is kinder to us than we think. With my bad eyes, I can't see how bad I look, and with my rotten memory, I have a good excuse for getting out of a lot of stuff.
11%
249 votes
It's frightening to wake up one morning and discover that while you were asleep you went out of style.
8%
179 votes
Throughout the years I have set up my own rules about eating food: Never eat anything you can't pronounce. Beware of food that is described as, "Some Americans say it tastes like chicken.
9%
206 votes
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me
12%
276 votes
If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?
16%
378 votes
All of them
11%
245 votes
None
49%
1,132 votes
01/19/2019 Trivia 2310 39 By: Harriet56

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