Herm Albright’s “Positive Attitude”

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will
annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

Some say the pun is the lowest form of humor. Others say no, Shakespeare was very fond of the pun.

Herm Albright’s “positive atttude” quotation is all over cyberspace, so I tried to find more of his stuff. His writing seems to make use of a pun type of humor, the first line setting up an expectation and the second line reversing it. A lot of his topics are dated, but some of them can still make us smile–or at least groan.

Apparently Albright lived from 1876-1944 and wrote for the Saturday Evening Post. Here is another sample:

A banker, who always advised his son to think big, came home one day to find the boy in the yard with the family dog and a sign, “Dog for Sale, $38,000.” The father smiled and went into the house.

The next day, the sign–and the dog–had vanished. The banker asked his son, “You didn’t get $38,000 for the dog, did you?”

“No,” the boy replied, “but I traded him for two $19,000 cats.”

–Herm Albright

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