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Claim: E-mail offers comedian George Carlin's solution to gasoline shortages and illegal immigration.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, January 2007]
Origins: We first encountered this piece in the on-line world in July 2006, and at that time it contained no mention of George
While George Carlin has yet to specifically disclaim authorship of the "gas crisis solution"
As Carlin has posted on his web site about such soapboxings:
DON'T BLAME MEAs to how to discern what the comedian did and did not write of the various items attributed to him, Carlin offers this bit of wisdom: "Nothing you see on the Internet is mine unless it came from one of my albums, books, HBO shows, or appeared on my website."
Floating around the Internet these days, posted and
Some are essay-length, some are just short lists of one and two-line jokes, but if they're flyin' around the Internet, they're probably not mine. Occasionally, a couple of jokes on a long list might have come from me, but not often. And because most of this stuff is really lame, it's embarrassing to see my name on it.
And that's the problem. I want people to know that I take care with my writing, and try to keep my standards high. But most of this "humor" on the Internet is just plain stupid. I guess hard-core fans who follow my stuff closely would be able to spot the fake stuff, because the tone of voice is so different. But a casual fan has no way of knowing, and it bothers me that some people might believe I'd actually be capable of writing some of this stuff.
Barbara "george of the online jungle" Mikkelson
Last updated: 5 February 2007
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