Is There Nothing New Under the Sun?

Ancient man feeding ancient animal
Ancient man feeding ancient animal

Nothing New Under the Sun

Have you heard that saying before? “There's nothing new under the sun!” I have heard it so much I was beginning to believe it.

It’s difficult to discount an adage that seems to have been around forever. So I did some research to learn just how long ‘forever’ is.

I found an ancient Latin saying: “Sub sole nihil novi est” which translates precisely to “There's nothing new under the sun.”

Then I discovered this entry in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 1:9 New International Version (NIV) 1382

“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.”


Ambrose Bierce 1842 - 1914
Ambrose Bierce 1842 - 1914

Even one of my favorite writers, Ambrose Bierce, back in the 19th century had his own original version of the saying: “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.” Amen!

Now you may be asking what provoked this flight of fantasy. I received an email with a video that is so outstanding from a Hubbuddy of mine, DeGreek, that I wanted to share it with everyone who may have missed it.

As I watched, laughing all the way, I realized the song that this symphonic orchestra was playing was a very, very old song from way back in the 1950s. Jerry Lewis was the proficient typist in the original film. Take a look for yourself.


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So this second video is not 'new under the sun' but it is exceptionally funny. Take a look and watch another outstanding comedic talent playing ‘The Typewriter Song.’


Yesterday the Discus. Today the Frisbee.
Yesterday the Discus. Today the Frisbee.


That’s when I had this flash of insight. Yes, there may be nothing new under the sun but there are countless ways to make the old new and very interesting again. Do you agree?

BTW . . . Ambrose Bierce was more than an original writer. He was a prognosticator. One of my favorite quotes of his is: “War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.”

Amen, unfortunately, to that, too.


© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Includes valuable information for older workers, and how to negotiate salary successfully.


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Good Doctor bj - Ahhhh - but there is plenty of stuff going on under the moon !

Enjoyed your article and really like the statue of the discus thrower with the kibbles kibitzer.

Gus :-)))


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I'm not sure that I've ever heard "There is nothing new under the sun" but I'm getting old and forgetful so don't believe me okay?

I watched both videos and I've always loved Jerry. The second video was pretty cool.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I've tried my best in vain to find only one new thing, drbj! Loved the videos and yes, war is apparently free adventure.Or perhaps leaders playing Monopoly....

Thank you for another hub oozing humor...


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Your humor is shining through. Yes, I meant to do that.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Watching the discus thrower statue is like watching my old boss. Gosh, she could just never throw the damn thing! I wanted to move 2 printers from across the room to where the computer that actually generated the printing.

Took me 18 months to convince her it was more efficient.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

I so agree There are so many ways to make the old new...the humorous take on this topic is great at this time of the day. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Finding something new - (under or on any heavenly body - :-) would almost guarantee it wouldn't get traffic on Hubpages/Google: - - no 'key words' would be intrinsic to it because they'd be too new, authentic and original! It would quickly earn the coveted zzz rating!

I love this, BJ - and loved DeGreek's distributed video. Your addition of the Jerry Lewis rendition is delightful!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Interesting article. There are many levels to this viewpoint ranging from everything to nothing.


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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Every generation likes to think that they are innovative and cutting edge, but really its just the same old vices and habits with newer, shinier gadgets lol! Just think what Caligula could have done with an ipad and a Ferrari.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I agree that there are countless ways of making the old new and interesting again. This hub is really a nice inspiration on your part. I remember a concert in high school where an orchestra played this song with the typewriter. I enjoyed the videos and you brought back a memory from long ago. Voted up and awesome.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You made me laugh out loud, Gus, with your comment that 'there is plenty of stuff going on under the moon !' How true! Thanks for enjoying this and the discus and doggie cartoon. They send their regards.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You, Susan, getting old and forgetful? Heavens to Betsy, I don't believe that 'forgetful' part for one minute. We all age (much better than the alternative for sure) but you have not lost your young at heart attitude one whit.

Happy you are a Jerry fan, too, and delighted I could share the second cool video with you.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree, Martie, sometimes it is very difficult to find things that are REALLY new. So often it's the same old, same old. But the videos are brilliant so we can enjoy them over and over. Thanks, m'luv, for loving them as I do.

Your remark about Ambrose's 'war' quote and 'leaders playing Monopoly' is on the money. As long as there are humans on the planet, there will be wars of one kind or another. At least until we wake up!

I will continue to try 'oozing humor...' Mmmmmmmm, sounds painful!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I agree, I agree, I agree. That's what makes life so interesting. With a little tweak here or there, voila, there is something new under the sun! Up and awesome!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

This is why we learn history, correct?! :-) Interesting and funny - I am still amazed how the phrase, nothing new under the sun, has itself been repeated so many times!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

See, Becky, that's one of the reasons I love you. 'My humor is shining through.' Did you really mean to do that or did the debbil make you do it? :)


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Nice presentation. There might not be anything not new under the sun but as humans experiencing something new is sometimes awesome.

TFP


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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

We might learn about geography from war drbj, but if we could learn about war from history that would be something new.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the videos, especially the first one. Jerry Lewis performs so well! There may not be anything new under the sun, but there's always room for new interpretations. Thanks for sharing the videos, drbj.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have heard that saying many times, somehow we manage to take things, add a little this or that and it is almost a new idea. Love that typewriter song!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You have my deepest consolation, Lela. If you had an old boss like the discus thrower, you were in a heap of trouble with a capital T. She sounds like a winner (and I use that term advisedly). How did you finally convince her that your method was more efficient and sensible? Did you have to move the two printers yourself? Just wonderin'.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

What are you going to think of next? I guess there is nothing new under the sun. I can remember my Mother saying this. I loved Jerry Lewis playing the typewriter...


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Ah, pst, you are a woman after my own heart. Yes, indeedy, there are many, many ways to make what is old new again. Thanks for finding this a humorous take on the topic at this time of the day ... or any other time, I trust. And thank you for the sharing and the Up, m'dear.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I really love that typewriter song. I don’t know if there isn't anything new under the sun...maybe there is, and like the tree that falls in the forest, we just haven't heard it yet. Wonderful hub, drjb. :-)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hey that's some great air-typing by Jerry Lewis, drbj, kinda reminded of Chaplin. The second vid was funny fun too, perhaps it should added as a new instrument, ah but then it would just the same old thing under the sun. Yes, I do agree there are countless ways to make the old new again. What was it Lennon wrote- nothing you can do that hasn't been done, or something to that effect. Maybe he would revise that thought after viewing this! Up fun and most interestin' drbj!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Drbj - I absolutely remember seeing the movie that clip is from! I loved his (Jerry Lewis) movies when I was young and that was good t.v.! I was a big fan of Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin (that's the truth!) hahaha

Awesome hub! I have never read Ambrose Bierce - now I am very curious though:)


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

There may be nothing new under the sun, but you do find novel ways to tell an old story! :)


Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

Even just telling us there is nothing new under the sun, you have a way of making it an enjoyable read. It's a bit of a challenge sometimes to write - when there is nothing that hasn't been written about. But we do it. Some better than others. Yours are always worth voting for :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You do make a good point with your comment, dear Nellieanna. Anything absolutely new or original would probably fare badly in the Google world of traffic - nothing to relate it to, no keywords yet.

Thanks for loving this and the videos - you are most definitely a discriminating devotee, m'dear.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank, Mhatter, for finding this interesting. I found your comment intensely profound and intend to ponder it in depth.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I think about "nothing new under the sun" often. Each generation grows up thinking their ideas comprise the new wave of being, but in reality, they are saying the same things in a different way. Little by little, baby steps, allow variations on a theme whereby we learn and grow. After all, studies such as psychology and medicine would have no validity if not for predictability that allows the structure of our awareness to build. Brilliantly conceived and written with your typically intellectual humor on a topic that will always ring true, dear drbj. I enjoyed every keystroke.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I enjoyed both video's, especially Jerry Lewis - I don't think I have have heard the saying before! Enjoyed the hub thank you and voted up.


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK

“War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.” How incredible that is :-)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, CM, about generational mindset and our need for newer shinier stuff. George Carlin once did a monologue about our need for stuff and more stuff. He said he had to rent another apartment just to keep his stuff in. I believe it!

As you pointed out, I shudder to think what Caligula could have accomplished with our modern stuff like the iPad and a Ferrari. Maybe even just a plain old Karma (see my 'Interview with Karma'). Thanks for reminding me about that good ole boy. Maybe one day I will interview Caligula.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted I could bring back a pleasant memory for you, Pamela, about a concert in high school where an orchestra played The Typewriter Song. Happy you enjoyed the videos, too.

Yes, there are countless ways of making the old new and interesting again. That's often what we try to do as writers. Thank you, m'dear, for the 'nice inspiration' comment, the Up and the awesome.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Since you are a tweaker of the first magnitude, bp, I knew you would agree with this message. Tweaking helps make life interesting. Thank you for the visit m'dear as well as the Up and awesome!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, steph, that is precisely why we learn history. Now we have to figure out how to stop making the same old mistakes time after time. That's the hard part.

Thanks for finding this interesting and funny. I, too, was surprised to learn how often this phrase, nothing new under the sun, has been repeated.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

What a clever observation, Jim. There might not be anything new under the sun but when we get the opportunity to experience something new to us, it is often awesome. Thanks for the 'nice presentation' comment.

'Sfunny, but I had a CEO once who said the same exact thing when he wasn't planning to accept my proposal.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

That is definitely a thinking man's proposal, amillar. Learning about geography from war is not as significant as learning about the futility of war from history. That would make a difference. And it would definitely be something new.

Thanks for your insight, my friend.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I knew you would love the videos, Alicia. And Jerry Lewis was always hilarious in his comedic films.

Your are spot on, m'dear, there may not be anything new under the sun, but there is always room for new interpretations. Sharing the videos was my pleasure.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

That's the basis of much of the written word, Dianna. We take a thought that might not be brand new, add a little this or that, stir the pot, and Voila! it may become almost a new idea.

Delighted by your visit and that you love that unique typewriter song.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

What am I going to think of next? God only knows, Ruby . . . and she isn't sayin'.

My mother and my grandmother, just like your mother, used to say there is nothing new under the sun, and we're talking eons ago. I have always been fond of Jerry Lewis even back in the day when he and Dean Martin were partners. What a perfect pair.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

The typewriter song is one of my favorites, too, Genna. As to the tree that falls in the forest - when I see it or hear it, I'll know it is so. Thanks for your ingenious thought. And thanks for your gracious comment.


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Funom Makama 3 4 years ago from Europe

A fantastic hub................. “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.” ........ So true!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

There is nothing new under the sun... just new ideas to tweak them. Loved both of the videos especially Jerry Lewis one.

Fabulous job and thumbs UP


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK

And what are you doing in Florida? I thought that Fokk University was further north! ;-)))


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Interesting, Alastar, that you compared Jerry Lewis' air-typing to Chaplin. I always thought that Jerry seemed to be channeling Charlie when performing. That's why he was often so hilarious.

Happy you enjoyed the second video, too, I laughed just as hard watching it as I did at Jerry the first time I saw him.

Creative folks can always find the countless ways to make what is old new again. Thanks for finding this fun and interesting and the Up. Do appreciate your visit and comments.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to know, Kelly, that you appreciate some of the same comedians I do. I saw every Jerry Lewis movie and tried not to miss either Flip Wilson or Lily Tomlin when they appeared on TV. Who can forget Flip in drag or Lily as the telephone operator: 'Is this the person to whom I am speaking?'

And Jerry with Dean Martin on TV was always one of my favorite shows. Do read some of Ambrose Bierce' work if you get the chance - he was very clever. Like you, m'dear! :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely comment, FP, that although there 'may be nothing new under the sun, (I) find novel ways to tell an old story!' Thank you for noticing. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Duchess, How have you been? Yes, it is often a challenge to write when it is difficult to find a new subject or treatment of same. But as writers we do that continuously and some of us like you and me actually succeed.

Thank you for finding this an enjoyable read and 'worth voting for.'


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are absolutely correct, Amy. Each generation does believe their ideas are new and have more merit than what has gone before. But it is the constant tweaking or variations on a theme as you point out, that makes it possible for technology and the sciences to make dramatic strides in what we learn and how we grow.

Thank you for your sublime comments with all the adjectives I covet the most. I dedicate the enjoyable keystrokes to you, m'dear - each and every one.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Movie Master, thank you for enjoying both funny videos even if the saying may be new to you. Thanks for the thanks but it was entirely my pleasure. And thanks for the Up, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Welcome, dimi dearest, see what you started with that brilliant video? For which I heartily thank you. That incredible quote by Ambrose Bierce, “War is God's way of teaching Americans geography,” represents one of the reasons I enjoy his writing.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Welcome, Funom Makama 3. Thanks for stopping by and finding this a 'fantastic hub ... There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.' Truer words were never written.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Rosemary. Yes, m'luv, you got the message ... 'there is nothing new under the sun... just new ideas to tweak them.' That's what we writers do. Delighted you loved both videos and thanks for the fabulous job comment and the Up.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, Dimi, the main campus of "Fokk University" (and the hub of the same name) or Fokk U as it is lovingly called, is in the beautiful inner city of Detroit. But we need to open more satellite campuses so I volunteered to make the sacrifice and personally scout Florida. :))


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK

Do you need an assistant? As a Fokk U graduate, I may have something of importance to offer. I am cheap, just food and board. Any chance? Surely as a loyal graduate I deserve some consideration?

I shall await your response with bags packed.

Fokk U forever!

;-)))


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Since I have been considering revisiting good old Fokk U, dimi, your request is most timely. And as a loyal graduate you are at the top of my short list. And since you are cheap, too, the price is right. Do not unpack those bags. I will get back to you. Trust me. Sincerely, Fokk U!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK

Any typical Fokk U perks? Romantic walks in the moonlight? Holding hands walking along the seashore? ;-)))))


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I loved this hub! Yes I so agree...the Bible verse had it right..There is nothing new..it just comes around differently, maybe in newer packaging..hopefully lessons learned and we do better each time...However lessons still to be learned over and over again...I love your videos...love Jerry Lewis for sure..Thank you for a great write!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Brilliant! I wonder what he was writing.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

DRBJ, I like the humor of this, and Jerry Lewis a feller who never much entertained me did in this presentation, and the follow up that I thought some of the orchestra Were going to laugh put it over the top,

most excellent,

Peace and Blessings,

dust


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Brilliant Drbj!

How interesting to find all of those quotes where you found them. Amen, I will second that. Love the videos, so hilarious. I have always loved Jerry Lewis and I remember watching that one growing up. Ah, yes, the manual typewriter. That is exactly what I learned to type on - so old now. Ha. That cartoon is great too. Really enjoyed this hub. Voted Way Up across the board.

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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b. Malin 4 years ago

They make the "old" seem new again on the Broadway Stage...Right?! Anyway, another Winner, Drbj. From start to Finish... and the Videos were an added Treat! And if we Live long enough, and become Senile...Everything will seem new AGAIN!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Dimi, sweetie, you know I can't discuss the Fokk U perks in public. But they do exist. Trust me!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Isn't that a lovely coincidence, Sunnie, the Bible verse, as you say, had it right. There may be nothing new under the sun but we humans can always find a way to make it new or updated or better. Thanks for loving this hub, the videos and Jerry for sure. And your gracious comments.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the visit and the brilliant, christopher. What was Jerry writing? Probably the script for his next comedy film. His movies had a great deal of slapstick but were funny nevertheless.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, 50, thanks for enjoying the humor of this and Jerry's video. I enjoyed the second video, too, and, like you, watching the reaction of the orchestra members who tried so hard not to laugh. Thank you for the visit and the 'most excellent,' my friend.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Isn't it surprising, Faith, that there were so many different quotes about the subject? Thanks for enjoying Jerry and the two hilarious videos.

We have something in common. I also learned to type on the IBM selectric. Remember that model with the little revolving ball? And I thought that was pretty high tech at the time. :)

Thanks, m'dear, for enjoying this hub and the cartoon, and the vote up across the board. You are appreciated.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, b., they do make the old seem new again on the Broadway stage and in song. Thanks for the sublime comments, m'luv. Happy you saw this as another winner and enjoyed the videos. And if we're around long enough, even this hub will seem new again . . . one day. Right?


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

LOL, yes I sure do!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Since you also remember that incredible IBM typewriter, Faith, you might like to look at this graphic of one that I included in my hub, "How to Increase Your Amazon Sales on Hubs and Blogs."


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Forgot to thank you, Faith, for your return visit. Thank you.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia

Something else we have in common: I love Ambrose Bierce and DeGreek, too! My favorite Bierce short story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I remember a "typewriter song" that was popular in the 1950's when I was doing a typewriter high school course. I don't know who did it though. As far as there being nothing new, I think what we do come up with is new applications of old things or new combinations.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

It's so good to know, Holle, that we both share our love of the better things in life - I'm referring to Ambrose Bierce and DeGreek, of course. What's that famous saying? It takes one to know . . .


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, Don, the typewriter song I'm referring to was popular in the 50s. Other artists may have performed it but the fellow who made it famous was Jerry Lewis.

And you are correct - technology and science often come up with new variations of something old. Thanks for the visit.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Brings to mind the old adage, "Those who do not know history are doomed to relive it." I have no doubt that one is true...we've seen enough examples...the latest, the use of Keynesian Economic Theory to fix the staggering U.S. Economy. Oh yeah....already a failed theory in socialist nation after socialist nation but let Obama give it a go! Nice work, Doc! ~WB


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Wayne, Obama could well be the poster boy for that old maxim: 'Those who do not know history are doomed to relive it." The only problem is that he has tried to take all the rest of us along with him. But I have HOPE that that will soon CHANGE! Thanks for the visit and the commendation, pardner.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I wish the movie makers would read this Hub. They keep making sequels hoping to make "something new" out of "something old". It never works. The sequels are never as good. This goes for stage plays, too.

Oh, I think there are plenty of new things under the sun. I'm just not smart enough to think of any right now. The internet, computers come to mind.

I voted this UP, etc.

BTW: I enjoyed the videos you chose for this one!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, mary, movie sequels are seldom as good as the originals. But the producers don't really care if their new versions are actually new. They just want them to be profitable.

But there have been many new things developed in my lifetime as well as computers and the internet. How about plastics? microwaves? jet planes? Elmo?

3-D movies and TVs? And Starbucks? :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

drbj, I love the way you populate your hubs with curious nuggets of information. Random though they may seem, they are always a delightful observation, commentary or a piece of information that spark the brain further. This piece reminded me of the famous Chaplin sequence in Gold rush where he does the dance of the 'bread rolls'. I went on to learn this 'Type writer song' was the composition of LeRoy Anderson and was first performed by boston Pops. Jerry Lewis has an eye for detail and the ear for funny source material. Just like you. drbj, Just like you.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

PS: Oh I love the fact that you've quoted Ambrose Bierce. His 'Devils Dictionary' is an essential read!


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

Absolutely Brilliant drbj. You and Jerry just rescued my day - make that my week.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very impressive hub....filled with lots of information and is interesting to read. Love the selection of videos you included in the hub as well. I have a basic knowledge of Ambrose Bierce but reading his quote and your hub has me thinking I should check him and his work out much more closely...thanks for sharing...voted up and awesome.


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Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

My very dear drbj,

As always, your hubs either teach me something of value or make me laugh or, in most cases, both. It is your forte and that makes you so unique and most loved.

It seems that humanity has been forever in a recycling mood and will keep on going in circles.

I totally agree with Bierce about the war being God's way of teaching Americans geography and I will check him out; my inexcusable ignorance about his existence should justify you expelling me from the prestigious Fukk U University.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

And I love the way, Docmo, that you make such brilliant, perceptive comments. Thank you for appreciating my - what seem to be - random 'nuggets of information.

I do remember that bread roll dance that Charlie Chaplin performed in an early silent movie and it may be one of the funniest soundless film clips I have ever viewed. Thanks for the deja vu reminder.

And the comparison of me to Jerry? OMG, Mohan, that's the nicest of all the compliments you have ever paid me. Thank you, m'luv.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Somehow I knew, Docmo, you would also be a fan of Ambrose Bierce and his wonderful dictionary.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

It was my esteemed pleasure, John, to rescue your day, nay, your week even. Thank you. Jerry thanks you, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Coge. Thank you for your very gracious comments and loving the Typing Song videos. Yes, Ambrose had quite a way with words and you will enjoy his 'Devil's Dictionary.' Trust me.

And thanks for the Up and awesome. You are also in that category, m'dear.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Dear Petra - Welcome, welcome. Do you know how much I appreciate hearing from you? As well as your always complimentary and fascinating comments!

If I can teach you something and at the same time make you enjoy it enough to laugh, then I have fulfilled my mission. Promise.

I do agree with you. Sometimes it seems that humanity is doomed to repeat its mistakes. Re Ambrose Bierce, I know you will admire his writings. No apologies are necessary, m'dear, he is not the most well known among literary giants. And you would never be expelled from Fokk U. In fact, the Committee is pondering promoting you to the Chair of the Ambrose Bierce Department. So far, it IS just a chair but we expect donations soon to make that a reality. :)


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Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Good to hear from you first thing in the morning, my very dear. I too missed you a lot and I am hoping you will pay me a visit one of those days. Love, Petra


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Sandyspider 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Does that date me when I say that I remember the scene with Jerry Lewis? Interesting hub. There is always something new, we just need to look.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Of course it doesn't date you, Sandy, just shows you appreciate the finer funny men in life. And you are right on the mark - something new is always coming down the pike - if we can recognize it.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Someone once mentioned in a class that there is no more original thought. I disagree. Humans are continuously thinking and creating. Thirty years ago, there were those who imagined being able to talk on wireless phones. We do.

Thirty years from now we may be stuck in traffic - while traveling in air cars. There is always something new - under the sun.

Though-provoking hub, DR. BJ!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Dex. I agree that 30 years ago, no one including myself, would have dreamed that we would some day be able to talk on a wireless phone. Technology still amazes me and I enjoy taking advantage of every new gadget and device that I can.

Some would argue however that these new products are simply reworkings or revisions of old inventions. Frankly, I don't care. Just live and be well and enjoy. Right? Thanks for your visit, m'dear, and the thought-provoking comment.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

As it goes to be a writer... there is always the same story... it is the perspective that makes things different. I mean - if we really dig down and digest everything... there is no idea that hasn't been out there before. Like you said - there is nothing new under the sun. Great post!


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KBEvolve 4 years ago from United States

I believe that there can be original thought, but the concepts and principles always remain the same. Inspiration is built on the foundation of past experience, and it's definitely more combination and association than actual creation.

It's always great to think about how ideas are created and restated though. This was quite interesting.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Stacy, that it is the writer's unique perspective that makes the same old story different. It's how we tell the story that makes the 'same old, same old' new. Thanks for the visit all the way from sunny California, m'dear.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, KBEvolve, nice to make your acquaintance. Thank you for finding this and finding it interesting as well. Your comment is most perceptive.


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Dancing Water 4 years ago

Loverly hurb, herb! Just being silly here, drbj... But it is a lovely hub!

What I cherish about the "old" is that if it is indeed a classic as is the case of The Typewriter Song, it feels fresh, and thus, new, every time!

Thank you for some food for thought liberally sprinkled with a bit of whimsy! I appreciate your spirit and energy!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree with you, Dancing Water. The old can be appreciated and new to us again whenever we review it. Enjoyment is not dated. Thank you for appreciating the food for thought herein sprinkled with whimsy - what a gracious comment.

For myself, I find laughter renews my spirit and energy. You, too?


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago

Dear drbj - this hub which took me back to my uni days watching orchestras - is this still a form of entertainment? Orchestra and typewriter - I'd never seen that before, thanks for the intro - loved it - so all in all here I am reading yet another great hub by a great person!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Today, dear pd, I find that if I mention a typewriter to some folks I get a questioning look followed by pity for even knowing of such a relic.

Delighted that I introduced you to these very funny videos and that you loved this hub, intro and all. Signed: 'just another great person.'

P.S. It takes one to know one, y'know.


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carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

well, you really got me thinking on this one... I'm gonna have to come up with something !!!!! :-D


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm not at all worried, Cris. You always come up with something unique. Delighted to give you a 'thinking' nudge. :)

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