It will come as no surprise to longtime readers of this site that Jack Handey's Deep Thoughts is a personal favorite. (For those of you unfamiliar with Deep Thoughts, a sample: "Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis." Personal favorite: "If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy.")
Many have wondered if there is, in fact, a real Jack Handey, so it was fun to see this piece at CNN that not only confirms he is real, it includes an interview with him. His new book, "What I'd Say to the Martians and Other Veiled Threats," features musings such as "a pseudo history of a friendship between Al Capone and Albert Einstein." (Capone: 'With your brains and my muscle, we'll be unstoppable') Really, you can't pass something like that up.
Having admitted this appreciation of Jack Handey, you're bound to think this explains a lot about the somewhat bizarre nature of Our Word. And if you haven't figured that out, I don't know what more we can offer to convince you of it.