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sine qua non (“But-for”)
“Along with ‘Antimatter’, and ‘Dark Matter’, we’ve recently discovered the existence of ‘Doesn’t Matter,’ which appears to have no effect on the universe whatsoever.”
It’s no accident that the numberthree is pervasive throughout some of our greatest stories, fairy tales and myths.
It’s also no coincidence that some of the most famous quotes from throughout history are structured in three parts, nor is it surprising that the Rule of Three also works wonders in the world of comedy.
It all comes down to the way we humans process information. We have become proficient at pattern recognition by necessity, and three is the smallest number of elements required to create a pattern. This combination of pattern and brevity results in memorable content, and that’s why the Rule of Three will make you a more engaging writer.
A man's mother-in-law dies, and the man gets a call from the funeral parlor.
The funeral parlor asks, "Do you want a simple burial, embalment or creamation?
The man responds, "Do all three. Don't take any chances."
As a phrase, it’s like laughing with words; a subsitute for “haha”; when you want to laugh but can’t so you say hardy har har.
A Hanna-Barbera cartoon with Lippy The Lion and Hardy Har Har began in 1962.
Hardy Har-Har was based upon the postman on ‘The Burns and Allen Show’ on radio and had the same voice, same pessimistic personality and used the same expressions. (“Oh, dear!” and “Keep smiling!”)
Three prison inmates were locked in the same cell; they soon began talking. “What are you here for?” asked one inmate of another. “They put me in for beating up some old Jew named Khaimovich,” snarled one man. “And why are you here?” asked the second of the first. “For having defended some old Jew named Khaimovich in a fight,” he replied. “And what were you arrested for?” the third inmate was asked. “For being Khaimovich,” he sighed.
A drunk guy was stumbling home one day when he got lost and found himself in the bush. He fell to the ground and noticed a lamp. He picked it up, and rubbed it, and out came a genie.
“You have three wishes, choose them wisely.” says the Genie.
The guy, looking down at his last, and empty, bottle of beer, smashes it on some rocks and says, “I want a beer that will never run out.”
A bottle appears in front of the guy. He takes it, looks at it, and downs it. He looks at it again, and to his surprise, it was still full. The guy being very content starts walking away.
“Where are you going,” asks the Genie, “You still have two wishes left!”
“Well,” replies the guy, “Give me TWO more of these!”