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The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat on June 03, 1940

The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat on June 03, 1940

The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat: Dunkirk is a small town on the coast of France that was the scene of a massive military campaign during World War II. During the Battle of Dunkirk from May 26 to June 4, 1940, some 338,000 British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied troops were evacuated from Dunkirk to England as German forces closed in on them. The massive operation, involving hundreds of naval and civilian vessels, became known as the “Miracle of Dunkirk” and served as a turning point for the Allied war effort.

Where is Dunkirk?

Dunkirk is located in the north of France, on the shores of the North Sea near the Belgian-French border. The Strait of Dover, where the distance between England and France is just 21 miles across the English Channel, is located to the southwest.

Because of its seaside location near the borders of three European powers, Dunkirk (known as Dunkerque in French) and the surrounding area have been the site of centuries of commerce and travel, as well as numerous bloody battles.

Battle of Dunkirk

On May 10, 1940, the so-called “phony war” ended decisively when Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium in a blitzkrieg (German for “lightning war”) attack.

In the face of such a coordinated strategy, superior air power and highly mobile ground forces supported by panzer tanks, all three countries would succumb quickly: The Germans occupied Luxembourg on May 10, the Netherlands on May 14 and Belgium by the end of the month.

Soon after the blitzkrieg began, German forces invaded France - not along the Maginot Line, which the Allies had expected, but through the Ardennes Forest, moving steadily along the Somme Valley toward the English Channel.

As they advanced, German forces cut off all communication and transport between the northern and southern branches of Allied forces, pushing several hundred thousand Allied troops in the north into an increasingly small sliver of the French coast.

By May 19, General John Gort, commander of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) had begun to weigh the possibility of evacuating his entire force by sea in order to save them from certain annihilation by the approaching Nazi troops.

The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat on June 03, 1940

Winston Churchill

Meanwhile, in London, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had resigned under pressure on May 13, making way for a new wartime coalition government headed by Winston Churchill. At first, British command opposed evacuation, and French forces wanted to hold out as well.

But with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and its allies forced back on the French port of Dunkirk, located on the shores of the North Sea just 10 km (6.2 miles) from the Belgian border, Churchill soon became convinced evacuation was the only option.

Adolf Hitler

In planning this risky operation, the Allies got a helping hand from a surprising source: Adolf Hitler, who on May 24 gave the order to halt the advance of German panzer divisions bearing down on Dunkirk.

Hitler’s decision has been attributed to his generals’ worries over a possible Allied counterattack (like the failed one on May 21 south of Arras) as well as Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering’s insistence that his air forces could prevent any evacuation attempt at Dunkirk.

Hitler gave the tanks the go-ahead again on May 26, but by that time the Allies had gained crucial time to put their preparations in place.

Operation Dynamo

On the evening of May 26, the British began the evacuation from Dunkirk, using the codename Operation Dynamo.

Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay directed the efforts, leading a team working out of a room deep inside the Dover cliffs that had once contained a generator known as a dynamo (giving the operation its name).

The Luftwaffe’s relentless bombing attacks on the harbor slowed the evacuation process, even as Royal Air Force (RAF) planes tried to delay or stop the German planes from reaching the beaches, losing many aircraft in the process.

The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat on June 03, 1940

Dunkirk Evacuation

On the first full day, Operation Dynamo was only able to evacuate about 7,500 men from Dunkirk; around 10,000 got out the following day (May 28).

As Dunkirk had such a shallow beach, Royal Navy vessels couldn’t reach it, and the Allies put out a call for smaller ships to carry troops from the shore to the larger ships further out in the North Sea. Some 800 to 1,200 boats, many of them leisure or fishing crafts, eventually aided in the evacuation from Dunkirk.

Some were requisitioned by the Navy and crewed by naval personnel, while others were manned by their civilian owners and crew. The first members of this small armada - which would become known as the “Little Ships” - began arriving on the beaches of Dunkirk on the morning of May 28, helping to speed up the evacuation.

At the outset, Churchill and the rest of British command expected that the evacuation from Dunkirk could rescue only around 45,000 men at most. But the success of Operation Dynamo exceeded all expectations. On May 29, more than 47,000 British troops were rescued; more than 53,000, including the first French troops, made it out on May 30.

By the time the evacuations ended, some 198,000 British and 140,000 French troops would manage to get off the beaches at Dunkirk—a total of some 338,000 men. An additional 90,000 Allied forces were left behind, along with the bulk of the BEF’s heavy guns and tanks, when the resistance ended on the morning of June 4 and German troops occupied Dunkirk.

Le Paradis Massacre

On May 27, after holding off a German company until their ammunition was spent, 99 soldiers from the Royal Norfolk Regiment retreated to a farmhouse in the village of Paradis, about 50 miles from Dunkirk.

Agreeing to surrender, the trapped regiment started to file out of the farmhouse, waving a white flag tied to a bayonet. They were met by German machine-gun fire.

They tried again and the British regiment was ordered by an English-speaking German officer to an open field where they were searched and divested of everything from gas masks to cigarettes. They were then marched into a pit where machine guns had been placed in fixed positions.

A German officer, Captain Fritz Knochlein, gave the order: “Fire!” Those Brits who survived the machine-gun fire were either stabbed to death with bayonets or shot dead with pistols.

Of the 99 members of the regiment, only two survived, both privates: Albert Pooley and William O’Callaghan. They lay among the dead until dark, then, in the middle of a rainstorm, they crawled to a farmhouse, where their wounds were tended.

With nowhere else to go, they surrendered again to the Germans, who made them POWs. Pooley’s leg was so badly wounded he was repatriated to England in April 1943 in exchange for some wounded German soldiers.

Upon his return to Britain, Pooley’s gruesome story was not believed. Only when O’Callaghan returned home and verified the story was a formal investigation made.

After the war, a British military tribunal in Hamburg found Captain Knochlein, who gave the fateful order to fire, guilty of a war crime. He was hanged for his offense.

The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat on June 03, 1940

Impact of Dunkirk

While the German blitzkrieg was undoubtedly successful (France would call for an armistice by mid-June 1940), the largely successful evacuation of the bulk of Britain’s trained troops from near-annihilation proved to be a key moment in the Allied war effort.

Germany had hoped defeat at Dunkirk would lead Britain to negotiate a speedy exit from the conflict. Instead, the “Miracle at Dunkirk” became a rallying cry for the duration of the war, and an iconic symbol of the British spirit, leaving a cultural legacy of pride and perseverance that endures nearly eight decades later.

“We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory”, Churchill warned in a speech delivered on June 4, 1940. “Wars are not won by evacuations.”

In the same speech, however, he delivered a stirring statement of the British resolve that would serve the nation well over the next five grueling years of warfare:

“[We] shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Aftermath of Dunkirk

Despite the successful evacuation at Dunkirk, thousands of French troops were left behind and taken prisoner by the advancing Germans. Also abandoned on the shores of Dunkirk were massive supplies of ammunition, machine guns, tanks, motorcycles, jeeps and anti-aircraft artillery.

With Western Europe abandoned by its main defenders, the German army swept through the rest of France, and Paris fell on June 14. Eight days later, Henri Petain signed an armistice with the Nazis at Compiegne.

Germany annexed half of France, leaving the other half in the hands of their puppet French rulers. It wasn’t until June 6, 1944, that the liberation of Western Europe finally began with the successful Allied landing at Normandy.

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“This Day in History”

This Day in History June 03

• 1140 Peter Abelard The French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy.

• 1326 Treaty of Novgorod: Delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.

• 1539 Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain.

• 1839 First Opium War: In Humen, China, Lin Tse-hsü destroys 1.2 million kilograms of opium confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a casus belli to open hostilities.

• 1864 American Civil War: Battle of Cold Harbor; Union forces attack Confederate troops in Hanover County, Virginia.

• 1940 World War II: Luftwaffe bombs Paris.

• 1940 World War II: Battle of Dunkirk; ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.

• 1940 World War II: Madagascar Plan; Franz Rademacher proposes plans to make Madagascar the “Jewish homeland”, an idea that had first been considered by 19th century journalist Theodor Herzl.

• 1941 World War II: Razing of Kandanos; The Wehrmacht razes the Greek village of Kandanos to the ground and murders 180 of its inhabitants.

• 1942 World War II: Aleutian Islands Campaign; Japan begins bombing Unalaska Island.

• 1965 The launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew. Ed White, a crew member, performs the first American spacewalk.

• 1969 Melbourne–Evans collision: off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne cuts the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half.

Understanding Military Terminology: At the Marine Corps Museum: Norman Rockwell's “The War Hero”

Understanding Military Terminology

Operation Plan

(DOD) 1. Any plan for the conduct of military operations prepared in response to actual and potential contingencies

2. A complete and detailed joint plan containing a full description of the concept of operations, all annexes applicable to the plan, and a time-phased force and deployment data.

Also called OPLAN..

See also Operation Order.

Joint Publications (JP 5-0) Joint Planning - Federation Of American Scientists

Operations Center

The facility or location on an installation, base, or facility used by the commander to command, control, and coordinate all operational activities.

Also called OC.

See also Base Defense Operations Center.

Joint Publications (JP 3-07.2) JTTP for Antiterrorism - Federation Of American Scientists

Operations Research

The analytical study of military problems undertaken to provide responsible commanders and staff agencies with a scientific basis for decision on action to improve military operations.

See also Operational Research; Operations Analysis.

Joint Publications (JP 3-31) Joint Land Operations

“The Odyssey”

The Old Salt’s Corner

“The Odyssey”

Book IV

They reached the low lying city of Lacedaemon them where they drove straight to the of abode Menelaus [and found him in his own house, feasting with his many clansmen in honour of the wedding of his son, and also of his daughter, whom he was marrying to the son of that valiant warrior Achilles. He had given his consent and promised her to him while he was still at Troy, and now the gods were bringing the marriage about; so he was sending her with chariots and horses to the city of the Myrmidons over whom Achilles' son was reigning. For his only son he had found a bride from Sparta, daughter of Alector. This son, Megapenthes, was born to him of a bondwoman, for heaven vouchsafed Helen no more children after she had borne Hermione, who was fair as golden Venus herself.

So the neighbours and kinsmen of Menelaus were feasting and making merry in his house. There was a bard also to sing to them and play his lyre, while two tumblers went about performing in the midst of them when the man struck up with his tune.]

Telemachus and the son of Nestor stayed their horses at the gate, whereon Eteoneus servant to Menelaus came out, and as soon as he saw them ran hurrying back into the house to tell his Master. He went close up to him and said, “Menelaus, there are some strangers come here, two men, who look like sons of Jove. What are we to do? Shall we take their horses out, or tell them to find friends elsewhere as they best can?”.

Menelaus was very angry and said, “Eteoneus, son of Boethous, you never used to be a fool, but now you talk like a simpleton. Take their horses out, of course, and show the strangers in that they may have supper; you and I have stayed often enough at other people's houses before we got back here, where heaven grant that we may rest in peace henceforward.”

“The Odyssey” - Book IV continued ...

~ Homer

Written 800 B.C.E

Translated by Samuel Butler

“The Odyssey” - Table Of Contents

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.”

“Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.”

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.

And if you gaze long enough into an abyss,

the abyss will gaze back into you.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“Power ought to serve as a check to power.”

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

“Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion,

but by the spirit of intolerance...

the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.”

~ Montesquieu

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

“Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.”

“Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you -

like music to the musician

or Marxism to the Communist -

or else it is nothing,

an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.”

~ Anonymous

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Why Do Baseball Pitchers Stand on a Mound? Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: Why Do Baseball Pitchers Stand on a Mound?

It was the first year pitchers could legally pitch overhand. It was the season that set the stage for the World Series. It was the year that baseball gloves made their debut.

Charlie “Old Hoss” Radbourn set the most unassailable record in baseball that year with 62 (counting his post-season victories), 60 or 59 wins as a pitcher, according to various interpretations of the rules. And that was in a 112-game season. Old Hoss’s Providence Grays won the National League with a record of 84 and 28 over the runner-up Boston Beaneaters at 73 and 38. They then swept the New York Metropolitans, champions of the American Association, three games to none at the Polo Grounds in a series billed by tabloids as the first “world championship” of baseball. Old Hoss recorded all three wins.

That’s Old Hoss Radbourn pictured above - believed taken from the ’86 season after many of the Grays were acquired by the Beaneaters. As the picture hints, Radbourn held a second historical distinction, the first man photographed, not once but twice, unambiguously “shooting the finger”. He was a legendarily fierce competitor.

This was bare-knuckle, bare-hand baseball. There were no relief pitchers. In fact, the rules forbade substitutions for any player not pretty much totally incapacitated. You start the game, you finish the game, even if it went extra innings.

The changes that began in 1884, especially allowing overhand pitching, reverberated through baseball to produce the modern game. It soon led to the pitcher’s mound but a lot more besides.

Why Do Baseball Pitchers Stand on a Mound?

Hello, Pitcher’s Box

Old Hoss pitched underhanded, though occasionally in 1884 overhanded, but think of the style of a Kent Tekulve, Dennis Eckersley, Dan Quisenberry, Chad Bradford, or Byung-Hyun Kim to get a better idea of what batters faced.

Hoss, like all other pitchers of the day, pitched from a box using a run-up. The box was level with the field, 4-feet wide and 6-feet long. The front of the box was a mere 50 feet from the plate.

Bye-Bye, Upper Strike Zone - Hello, Gloves - Bye-Bye, Pitcher’s Box - Hello, Mound

It was 1893 that the pitcher’s box was replaced by a pitcher’s rubber, an actual slab of rubber a foot wide, moved back to 60 and a half feet from the plate. The rubber could be on a mound raised above field level.

Overhand pitching had so come to dominate baseball that it was felt that the added distance together with the lack of run-up would re-balance offense and defense. Sure enough, the league batting average shot up 39 points in ’93 and another 29 points in ’94. But by 1904, the rules were changed to limit mound height to no more than 15 inches to counter the fact that some pitchers wanted the mound quite high.

It was not long before teams were gaming the discretion allowed for mound height. “Downhill” pitchers preferred the mound as tall as possible. Submariners, on the other hand, preferred level. The Yankees kept theirs level at all times, but other teams took to rebuilding their mound to favor the home team’s starter on a daily basis—no small undertaking. I believe it was the Cleveland Indians under General Manager Bill Veeck that finally provoked MLB in 1950 to implement a 15-inch rule—all mounds raised 15 inches above the playing field, period.

That, however, put a premium on the downhill pitching style of pitchers like Bob Feller and Don Gibson. Pretty soon, a generation of dominating downhillers had squelched offense again. Before the 1969 season, MLB lowered all mounds to 10 inches, a move that did get offenses going again, which in turn seemed to please the fans, leading seven years later to the last big rule change—the Designated Hitter in the American League only.

Baseball Hall of Fame.org / Baseball field - Pitcher, Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Mental Floss / Quora / Baseball-almanac / Complete Pitcher / Sports.stackexchange / Why Do Baseball Pitchers Stand on a Mound? (YouTube) video

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang - U.S. Navy

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

Monkey Butt: Same as civilian usage; rash or other anal condition caused by less than sanitary field conditions.

Monkey and a football: Short for “A monkey trying to fuck a football, and the football is winning.” An utterly epic goat rope (quod vide), more serious even than a clusterfuck.

Monkey cum: White scrubbing liquid used to clean grease pencil from status boards.

Monkey fist: A Turks head knot tied in a rope to add weight and mass to a heaving line.

Monkey Mate: Derogatory term used by Boiler Technicians to describe their brethren in the much cooler Engineroom on the other side of bulkhead from their Fireroom. “Being a Monkey Mate is a lot easier than being a BT.”

Monkey shit:

1. A mix of a clay and fibers, used to plug up small holes around cables as they pass through a bulkhead.

2. A type of putty used to seal the large steel access panels to the air casing on a steam boiler.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

MOLLE: MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, type of load-bearing equipment utilizing the PALS, replaced ALICE and replaced by ILBE.

Molly Marine: Nickname associated with World War II era female Marines. Also the name of the award given to the top ranking female Marine in her recruit platoon.

Monkey Suit: Slang for the MARPAT uniform, otherwise known as digital cammies.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

HSM-46 Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron FORTY SIX- nicknamed the “Grandmasters”

United States Navy Naval Air Station - Naval Air Station Mayport, Florida / Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) Forty Six - Squadron Lineage; HSL-46: April 7. 1988 - 2012 / HSM-46: 2012 - present.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “All things must pass”

All things must pass:

Meaning: Nothing lasts forever.

History: From the Bible, Matthew 24:6-8 (King James Version):

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

George Harrison used the phrase for the title of his successful 1970 triple album.

Where Did That Saying Come From? “All things must pass”


Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

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Navy Officers Say 'Unknown Individuals' Made Them Erase Evidence of 2004 UFO Encounter

Navy Officers Say 'Unknown Individuals' Made Them Erase Evidence of 2004 UFO Encounter

Several Navy officers who witnessed the now-famous Nimitz UFO encounter in 2004 say “unknown individuals” showed up after the event and made them turn over data recordings and videos, according to Popular Mechanics.

For several days in November 2004, a Navy missile cruiser sailing around 100 miles (160 kilometers) off the coast of southern California detected strange radar signals emanating from an object in the sky. The signals were erratic and didn't seem to match those given off by known aircraft. The Navy then deployed fighter jets to catch a closer glimpse of the strange object, and one succeeded in recording a blurry, black-and-white video that was, to the government's chagrin, publicly released in 2017 along with two other videos of UFO sightings from years later.

Five Navy veterans recently spoke to Popular Mechanics about what they experienced at the time. The veterans were part of the Navy's Strike Carrier Group 11 and were sailing on the USS Princeton on a training mission prior to their upcoming deployment in the Arabian Sea.

The strange radar signals came from an object that would quickly change altitudes, sometimes lurking at 80,000 feet (24,000 meters) and other times hanging around at 30,000 feet (9,000 m), they told Popular Mechanics. The UFO (an “unidentified flying object”, which doesn't necessarily belong to aliens) became known as “Tic Tac” because of its shape. Tic Tac gave off a phosphorus glow at night and would dart around in various directions, said one of the veterans, Gary Voorhis, who looked at the object through binoculars on the ship.

Navy Officers Say 'Unknown Individuals' Made Them Erase Evidence of 2004 UFO Encounter

Voorhis recalled that sometime after the officers recorded these strange radio signals, two people showed up on a helicopter, and 20 minutes later, Voorhis' chain of command (a higher-up authority figure) told him to turn over the data recordings. His chain of command also told him to delete the recordings on the ship. “They even told me to erase everything that's in the shop — even the blank tapes”, he told Popular Mechanics.

Similarly, Petty Officer Patrick “P.J.” Hughes, who was an aviation technician, claimed that his commanding officer and two unknown men asked him to turn over the hard drives from the plane.

However, Cmdr. David Fravor, one of the pilots who got a close view of Tic Tac on a fighter jet, told a different story. In various past interviews, Fravor said the videotapes of the UFO disappeared - not because of any “men in suits” but because people had unintentionally recorded over them.

Fravor previously told The New York Times that he and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight spotted the object, which was about 40 feet (12 m) long. As they descended in the fighter jet, the object ascended to meet them but then abruptly veered away and disappeared, he told the Times.

The details of what happened in 2004, both in the sky and down below, remain ambiguous. To learn more about what these Navy witnesses had to say, read Popular Mechanics' original feature.

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“Heart Full of Soul” - The Yardbirds 1965

“Heart Full of Soul” - The Yardbirds
Album: For Your Love
Released 1965 video

Heart Full of Soulvideo was written by Graham Gouldman, who later formed the band 10cc.

Gouldman was a prolific songwriter who also came up with songs for The Hollies, Cher, The Shadows, and Herman's Hermits. For The Yardbirds, he provided three of their hits, also composing “For Your Lovevideo and Evil Hearted You video.

The Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty said in a 2010 interview:

“'Heart Full of Soul' video, which was very moody, gave us the ability to play the riff in sort of an Eastern way, give it an Oriental touch. Another very good song.”

Lead guitarist Jeff Beck employed an early use of a fuzz box on his lead part. The original arrangement called for a sitar playing the lead guitar part, but they instead opted for Beck's sitar-sounding guitar.

The roots of sitar blended into rock started November 1964, when Brian Auger engineered the first recording of “Heart Full of Soulvideo by Yardbirds. An authentic Indian sitar player was brought into the studio, as well as a tabla player who could not get the 4/4 time signatures right. Since Yardbirds were a road group and the original could not be played to live audience, Jeff Beck stood in and used his fuzz machine with a tone blender that created a similar and extremely effective sound.

This was one of many songs at the time that was influenced by Eastern music. It was released five months before The Beatles' “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)video, which featured George Harrison playing the sitar for the first time in Western pop music.

Drummer Jim McCarty (August 2011):

“[After 'For Your Love' video] We were actually quite pleased that we finally had a big hit. We felt that now we could carry on and move onto the next level as a band. Definitely having a big hit opened us up to bigger venues and nationwide tours. Then Graham came to us with 'Heart Full of Soul' video and we felt that was the perfect follow up. It became a hit as well and we were on our way. We knew we were now in a position where we had to come up with hit singles on a regular basis. But we were all for it and were happy to carry on and start experimenting.”

The Yardbirds official site / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / The Yardbirds

Image: “For Your Love (album)” by The Yardbirds



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How does an attorney sleep? Well, first he lies on one side, then he lies on the other.

You’ve heard that one, along with a million other lawyer jokes that people have sprung on you from the moment you first announced you were going to school to be a paralegal. Some of them probably even get told around the law office. Even lawyers like to laugh and there are a lot of aspects of legal practice that are ripe for a little deadpan humor.


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“Sent to Hell for Sins.”

A man was sent to hell for his sins.

As he was being led into the pits for an eternity of torment, he saw a lawyer passionately kissing a beautiful woman.

“What a joke!” he said.

“I have to roast in flames for all eternity and that lawyer gets to spend it with that beautiful woman.”

Satan jabbed the man with his pitchfork and snarled, “Who are you to question that woman’s punishment?”

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What’s black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?

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What’s the difference between a lawyer and a gigolo?

A gigolo only screws one person at a time.