Articles by Dietrich Fischer

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Blood Circulation
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2015

biology teacher was giving a lesson on blood circulation.

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Commuters
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2015

Alice used to come to the office with public transportation, and Bill, who lived a little farther away in the same direction, drove to the office by car. He offered to Alice to pick her up on his way to the office every morning and bring her home after work. Both were happy with this arrangement.

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The Power of Nonviolence
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

When Ferdinand Marcos tried to rig elections to stay in power in the Philippines in 1986, two army units defected. He sent the rest of his army to crush them, but they were surrounded and protected by half a million unarmed civilians.

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Annoying Questions
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

Little Johnny came home from the first day in school. His mother asked him how his teacher was.

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Effect of Germany’s Occupation on Norway
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2015

Joint suffering can sometimes bring former opponents together if three conditions are fulfilled…

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Heaven and Hell
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2015

In heaven, the cooks are French, the police officers English, the mechanics German, the Swiss run the trains and the Italians are lovers.

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Structural Violence
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2015

Structural violence is equivalent to 236 Hiroshima bombs being dropped on the children of the world each year. However, because the suffering is diffuse, not concentrated in one place at one time, it is ignored by the media and society.

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Responsibility
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2015

One can distinguish between two concepts of responsibility, in the narrow sense of someone who has caused a problem, and in the wider sense of anyone who can correct a problem, even if he or she has not caused it, as the following story told by Roger Fisher illustrates.

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Good Question
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2015

Someone who farms is a farmer.

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Children
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2015

We spend the first 2 years of children’s life teaching them to walk and talk.

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Bishop Desmond Tutu
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2015

In 1984 he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle against apartheid. In 1995, one year after the first democratic elections in which all South Africans were allowed to participate, President Nelson Mandela appointed Bishop Tutu to head the 17-member South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which exposed atrocities committed by all sides during the long apartheid regime.

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By Accident
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2015

A car skidded on wet pavement and struck a light pole.

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The Origins of Peace Research
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2015

Johan Galtung, born 1930, refused to do military service in Norway. He was sentenced to six months in prison in winter 1954-55. While in prison, he completed his first book, “Gandhi’s Political Ethics”, together with his mentor, the philosopher Arne Naess.

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Breast Fed
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2015

A woman and a baby came into the doctor’s office. She was told to go into the room and wait for the doctor.

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The Camera Is Mightier Than the Sword
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2015

From 1936-79, Nicaragua was ruled by the corrupt Somoza family, which owned more than half of Nicaragua’s land. In the 1970s, the Sandinista guerrilla movement fought against the Somoza dictatorship.

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Peace Research Is Value-Oriented
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2015

Imagine you are sick and visit a doctor. He takes your temperature, pulse, listens to your lungs and looks at your tongue. Then he tells you, “You have a very interesting disease, I will write it up in my next scientific publication.” You ask, “But don’t you have a cure for me?” The doctor protests, “Oh no, I am objective! I simply observe, I do not intervene.”

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Among Geniuses
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2015

Albert Einstein met a colleague on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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Humor Defeating the Law about Conscientious Objectors
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2015

When [TRANSCEND member] Jorgen Johansen from Norway (born 1956) was 18, he received a letter requesting that he join the army. He wrote back that he would not do so, as a conscientious objector to military service. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison, the standard Norwegian punishment at that time for refusing military service.

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How Switzerland Ended Its Involvement in War
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2015

For the first 200 years of its history, Switzerland was involved in many wars, first to defend itself against repeated attempts by the German emperor to reconquer the cantons that had declared themselves independent in 1291, and later to acquire more territory. Two events brought an end to this involvement in war.

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Truthful
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2015

Someone was walking with the devil. The person in front of them bent down and picked something up.

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Some Charity
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2015

After the church service a little boy told the pastor, “When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money.”

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The Tiger’s Whisker
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2015

A Korean Folktale – A woman came to seek help from a famous herbalist.

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Turning Enemies into Allies
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2015

At the 1919 Versailles peace conference after World War I, the French Prime Minister Georges Clémenceau insisted that Germany be held solely responsible for starting World War I, and be forced to pay huge reparations over the next fifty years, to bring Germany to its knees, so that it would never be able again to build up its industrial capacity and become a military threat to its neighbors.

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Accuracy
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2015

The following joke was circulating in Moscow in 1998:

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An Active Peace Policy
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2015

In the nuclear age, we can no longer afford to wait until war breaks out and then react with military force. We must pursue an active peace policy that seeks to avoid or resolve conflicts long before they lead to war.

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On Life
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2015

A minister, a priest and a rabbi were discussing when life begins.

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Women Preventing War
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2015

In 1905, Norway declared its independence from Sweden. Norwegian and Swedish troops faced each other along the border, ready to fight.

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In Church
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2015

During the sermon, a little boy kept moving in his seat and making noises.

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Dare to Change
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2015

A bird barely survived in a nest on a lonely tree on a vast deserted plain.

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Gifts for Mom
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2015

Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered.

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Majority Rule
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2015

A Frenchman arrives on a South Sea island.

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Greed
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

An antique dealer used to visit farms in his area to try to find valuable old furniture, and buy it cheap.

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Forgot
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

A weed scientist goes into a shop.

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An Immodest Wish
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2015

A wealthy maharajah was so delighted with the game of chess that he offered the inventor of the game anything in his realm that he might wish.

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Duality
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2015

There are 10 kinds of people in this world:

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Thrust into Freedom
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

A husband and wife in the city of Medellin, Colombia, had a cow on a small plot of grass land in front of their house, and they barely subsisted by feeding some of her milk to their children and selling the rest.

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Sick
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

A little boy did not want to go to school.

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The Olive Jar
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

A merchant in 8th century Baghdad went on a long trip to the orient.

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Demands
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

A group of terrorists burst into the Annual Convention of the American Bar Association at the New York Hilton Hotel and took three hundred lawyers as hostages.

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The Oak Tree and the Reed Grass
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2015

A mighty oak tree ridiculed the soft thin reed grass bending back and forth in the lake.

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Checking for Accuracy
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2015

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

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Honesty and Insight
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2015

An Indian Guru realized that he was getting old and could not teach much longer.

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Arriving
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2015

The director of a prison tells the warden, “Tomorrow, everything has to be perfectly clean, the chief justice is coming.”

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Mathematicians
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2015

A physicist, a chemist and a mathematician were stranded on an island after a shipwreck.

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Flying Lessons
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2015

A flock of birds that could not fly met in a nice hotel on top of a cliff overlooking the sea for a training workshop on flying.

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Different Customs
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2015

A Chinese man put a bowl of rice on his deceased wife’s grave every day.

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Too Proud?
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2015

Most American politicians talk as if they had been born in a log cabin…

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On the Historic Role of the Peace Movement
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2015

One can distinguish between four forms of power: military, economic, cultural and political. Military power says, “If you don’t do what I want, I will hurt you.” Economic power says, “If you do what I want, I will reward you.” Cultural power says, “If you do what I want, I will praise you, and if you don’t do what I want, I will criticize you.” Political power manipulates the other three forms of power to achieve goals.

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Solution
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2015

One reverend complained to the other, “I have no people coming to listen to my sermon.”

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The Black Hole
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2015

When Johan Galtung, widely recognized as the founder of the academic discipline of peace research, founded the first International Peace Research Institute in Oslo in 1959, he and his colleagues sent copies of their working papers regularly to about 400 social science institutes around the world, including the Institute for World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.

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Blessed Ambiguity
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2015

King Louis XI of France was superstitious. One time, his astrologer predicted nice weather.

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Security versus Peace Discourse (after Johan Galtung)
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2015

The prevailing discourse used by governments today is the security discourse, which briefly is the following: “We have a problem, our enemies. Through military superiority we can deter or prevent their evil designs and achieve security–and through this peace.”

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Flying Lessons
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2015

A flock of birds that could not fly met in a nice hotel on top of a cliff overlooking the sea for a training workshop on flying.

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Replacement
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2015

An attorney telephoned the governor just after midnight, insisting that he talk to him regarding a matter of utmost urgency.

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Peace Journalism
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2015

The time has come for “peace journalists” to write not only about war, but also about its causes, prevention, and ways to restore peace. They need not invent solutions to conflicts themselves–in the same way as health journalists need not invent cures for diseases themselves; they ask specialists.

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How Haiti Abolished Its Military
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2015

A soft spoken, retired Quaker couple from Troy, New York, took a crucial step that led to the complete abolition of Haiti’s army, which in 1991 had violently overthrown the democratically elected government of President Aristide and arbitrarily arrested, tortured and murdered many Haitian citizens.

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Easter Dress
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2015

Towards the end of the Sunday morning service, a pastor invited all the children to come forward for a children’s prayer.

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Insurance
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2015

Three retirees were sitting on a bench in Miami.

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Detail
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2015

The difference between philosophy and theology…

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A Binational Zone
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2015

We need a UN Agency for Mediation, with several thousand professionals, who can detect emerging conflicts and help transform them peacefully before they lead to war. That would be an excellent and inexpensive investment for a more peaceful world.

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Sheherazade
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2015

A cruel prince in 8th century Baghdad returned early from hunting and surprised his wife in the company of another man. He ordered both of them executed.

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Nonviolent Communication
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2015

Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg (born 1934) was invited to speak at a meeting of a group of young Palestinians in a refugee camp on the West Bank. The Israeli police had recently entered the camp to quell protests. The ground was strewn with tear gas shells labeled “Made in USA”.

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Saint Francis and the Wolf
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Feb 2015

We must understand the causes of violence, in our own interest, to prevent it in the future. In no way does this justify violence, or blame the victims.

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Retraction
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Feb 2015

A member of the United States Senate, known for his hot temper and acid tongue, exploded one day in midsession and began to shout, “Half of this Senate is made up of cowards and corrupt politicians!”

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Good News!
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Feb 2015

During Cheney-Bush’s reign of terror in Iraq many many people were taken to Abu Ghraib and to rendition flights never to be seen again.

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An Irish Ghost Story
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Feb 2015

This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it’s true.

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Not Again!
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Feb 2015

A wife and husband lived in a third floor apartment. One day, the husband died.

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Exactly!
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jan 2015

A reporter asked an American,

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Faith
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jan 2015

A mountain climber slipped down a slope and barely got hold of a small branch at the edge of an abyss.

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Before & After the Fact
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jan 2015

Before marriage…

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Monks & Politicians
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jan 2015

A politician was campaigning for reelection and visited all kinds of people, trying to be folksy.

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The Jump
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were watching TV in the evening.

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Surprised?
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Nov 2014

A little boy got lost at the gym and found himself in the women’s locker room.

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Right!
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Nov 2014

A beggar walked up to a well‑dressed heavy woman shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York and said,

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Relativity
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Nov 2014

Albert Einstein asked the conductor,

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New Arrivals
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Nov 2014

A pope arrived at the gate of heaven.

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Competition
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Oct 2014

On the last day of school before summer, when all children were itching to go home and play, a teacher promised that those children who could answer her questions correctly could leave earlier.

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Briefing
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Oct 2014

Donald Rumsfeld is giving President Bush his daily briefing.

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The Genie
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Oct 2014

A New Zealander, a South African and an Australian were the only survivors of a shipwreck on a small South Sea island, surviving on coconuts.

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Wrong Comparison
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Sep 2014

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley Davidson, when he spotted a world‑famous heart surgeon in his shop.

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Jesus!
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Sep 2014

A burglar broke through a window and entered a pitch-dark room.

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Expensive?
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Sep 2014

A foreign tourist’s car got stuck in a small Russian village.

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Examining
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Sep 2014

Two students went drinking late into the night before an exam.

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American History
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Sep 2014

It was the first day of school and a new student named Yuki entered the fourth grade.

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Playing Bridge
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Aug 2014

Four women were playing bridge together every Friday afternoon for twenty years.

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Name Calling on the Road
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Aug 2014

A man was driving a car along a winding mountain road.

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May I Come In?
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Servie, 11 Aug 2014

After a long illness, a woman died and arrived at the Gates of Heaven.

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IQ
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Aug 2014

A team of psychologists has developed a new measure of intelligence, a metric measure. The basic unit is the tary.

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Lawyers
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jul 2014

A woman called a lawyer in despair and explained, “I have never called a lawyer in my life.

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The Truth!
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jul 2014

A 10 year old boy asked his recently divorced mother, “How old are you?” The mother told him, “This is not a question you should ask, never ask it again.”

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Depends
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jul 2014

A Chinese businessman arrived on his first flight to the United States.

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Honesty about Lies
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jun 2014

A reporter asked the mother of Jimmy Carter whether he ever lied. She said, “Maybe once in a while a white lie.”

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Successful Elections
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jun 2014

President Carter was worried about his prospects for reelection.

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Good Care
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jun 2014

Vice President Dick Cheney underwent surgery. When he woke up from his anesthesia, all shades were closed.

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Success Story
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 May 2014

A retired mathematics teacher met the worst student he had ever had during his 40 years of teaching.

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Doing Math
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 May 2014

A little boy was doing his math homework. He said to himself, “Two plus five, that son of a bitch is seven.

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School Compositions
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 May 2014

Children at school must write a composition about the topic, “When visitors come.”

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Modeling
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Apr 2014

On a cold winter day, a model arrived at the painter’s apartment blue, almost freezing.

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Negotiators [not really a joke]
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Apr 2014

Albert Einstein compared the disarmament negotiations sponsored by the UN with…

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Ouch!
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Apr 2014

Napoleon came to inspect his troops, and every soldier had to appear before him. They were a little nervous and intimidated.

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