Wednesday, February 8, 2023



Sometimes stories, jokes, anecdotes are worth being re-told and dusted off, much like rewatching a favourite movie or rereading a treasured book.

I was having a meal with a couple of mates a few nights ago when the topic of great responses came up. I mentioned John Barrymore’s reply in a particular situation, prompting an item from friend Gino R.

The first is worth a repost (actually, a re-re-post), the second is a first posting.

Thanks, Gino.


Caution: risque content ahead.


After a day's filming, actor John Barrymore (1882-1942) and friends stopped off at a bar in Hollywood.

Barrymore made his way to the bathroom and inadvertently entered the ladies' room. A woman entered the ladies to find Barrymore relieving himself. Shocked, she exclaimed, "How dare you! This is for ladies!"

Barrymore turned towards the woman, organ in hand, and boomed, "And so madam, is this.”


This may have been the  inspiration for the item below.

Gino quoted Peter O’Toole making a similar comment. 

I looked it up and found it was from a film, My Favourite Year, where O’Toole plays Alan Swann, an alcoholic famous British theatre actor.

Swan visits a restaurant and, after the meal, has to go to the WC but blunders into the ladies rest room.

There is a shrill scream and a female voice yells “This is for ladies only!”

O’Toole, as Swann, replies "So is this, ma'am, but every now and then I have to run a little water through it.”



Some other great responses . . . 



Edward Everett Hale was an American author, historian, and Unitarian minister. The man had a deep interest in the anti-slavery movement as well as popular education.

One time, when asked whether he prayed for the US Senators, Hale responded: "No. I look at the Senators and pray for the country."




Margaret Thatcher: "If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

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