Sunday, November 12, 2006

Top Ten Signs Your Ancestors Were Poor

10. Named a child "Coca-Cola" in hopes of sponsorship.

9. Had to sit in the bleachers at the Salem Witch Trials.

8. Always asked the census taker for spare change.

7. Were forced to sell off Uncle Ernie during the Great Depression.

6. Left copious family records, all stamped "Past Due."

5. Had their wedding catered by a soup kitchen.

4. Couldn't afford to change their name from "Dipschitz."

3. Had to give up the family dirt farm when the market for dirt collapsed.

2. Swam behind the ship because tickets in steerage were too pricey.

1. Cardboard tombstones.

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