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In Reply to: 'there's got to be a pony' posted by Lotg on February 18, It comes from an old joke about two sons, one an optimist, and one a pessimist. I won't go into the jokes' details, but want to ask, worldwide, if that expression is used and understood? Where are you? It was one of President Ronald Reagan's favorite jokes. I'm in Southern California now, but have lived all over the US, and the joke seems to be well known here. I don't know about other parts of the expanse of the english speaking world.
Ronald Reagan being the first. I suspect this is a very American term, cos other than you two, I've never heard it before here in Australia. Over lunch today I asked Ed Meese about one of Reagan's favorite jokes.
If I heard him tell it once, I heard him tell it a thousand times. The joke concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had Junto A Ti (Pasillo) - Las Tres Guitarras - Las Tres Guitarras extreme personalities -- one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist -- their parents took them to Wine, Woman And Song - Lester Lanin - Plays For Dancing psychiatrist.
First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist.
Trying to dampen his out look, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist.
Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. Whenever something would go wrong, somebody on the staff would be sure to say, "There must be a pony in There Must Be a Pony Here Somewhere - Abe Battat - Once Around The Block somewhere.
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