A striking similarity

Tony, from Silicon Valley, contributes this:

In episode SY 301, Richard revealed the best entries for a proposed constitutional amendment. His first place choice was the right to the freedom of disassembly – the right to take anything apart that you want to. I believe this is now a law in California except it’s called the right to repair.

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner

Pipit & Finch – Something to Tweet about!

Home of Jack Kerouac, Elinor Lippman, visited by Dickens, setting for the Fighter, but 7 Brides?

Kerry, a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, takes exception with:

During a Says You! show from Wisconsin, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ was discussed. I am a Lowell native/resident, so imagine my dismay when Lowell was then maligned (perhaps someday you will do a show from here and we can redeem ourselves – home of Jack Kerouac, Elinor Lippman, visited by Dickens, the Fighter is set here, and so much more!). I will forgive all if you can refer me to some source to support the claim that the 7 brides were from Lowell, Massachusetts, so I can add to my list (see above) and share info with friends. Thanks. 

I love you all regardless, Kerry

Mixed in truth, legend, and television, the story of the Mercer Girls made it to the small screen in 1968 as “Here Come the Brides.” The TV series starred Joan Blondell and launched Bobby Sherman and David Soul to pop stardom. If any listeners believe they know more about the original story of the Mercer girls, send in your comments “To Kerry…” and we will post.


Keister parade segment or Name that chair

From WYSU in Youngstown, Ohio, Robin G writes:           

I’m pretty sure you just mistook the famous Wassily chair with the Barcelona chair in the show aired 2-20-22.

If you want to find out how Richard and the gang tackled this one, take another listen to SY-2622 from Harvard Square. You can find the show on our Says You! App and everywhere you download and listen.

Who is that band I heard?

Martha from Waco, TX writes:

How I enjoy SAYS YOU!! Thank you! 100 Cheers BRAVO!

On 2/20/22 I heard a great word wrangle–you keep me laughing and guessing, prodding my mind! You are each a Blessing! AND Especially, today, the quite marvelous Youth Woodwind Quintet. Oh, my yes!! What pieces did they so beautifully perform, where are they from, and do they have a CD or download website? Wholehearted appreciation, Martha (Cultural Anthropologist, MA, Ret’d Austin & Waco Texas)

Martha, the show is SY 2622 recorded at the historic Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The band that day was the Radnofsky Quartet. More about the Quartet here!

A Clever Lexicon

Tim H. (animator, and sometimes cartoonist) who hears us on WPLN, writes…

Dear Says You!

As I was enjoying this week’s episode, I wanted to interrupt your team members for a definition clarification. The word was “Flewb: a cartoon drawing of water droplets.” It was stated that it was an animator’s word. It is not. It is a comic strip cartoonist’s work (a closely related but very different discipline). Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois, and others came up with a clever lexicon of cartoonists words to describe the visual conventions of comic strips, like the symbols used for profanity (Grawlixes), or stars and tiny circles that circle a head indicating intoxication (Squeans). Not many cartoonists actually use the words. They were pretty much just for fun for Mr. Walker and his compatriots.

Thank you, and keep up the great work!

The Chicken’s Bumblefoot

David, a listener from KQED, writes…


“Last Sunday (3/21) my wife and I were doing minor surgery on one of our chickens to treat what our internet research had determined was “bumblefoot”, which is a localized deep tissue infection on a chicken’s foot due to a retained foreign body, dirt impaction, etc. We had never heard of the condition until our research. I am a physician and was designated the operator in this process. While dealing with this we were listening to “Says You’ and to our utter amazement one of the undefined words was “bumblefoot”. The crew did not define it correctly. To have that word appear on your show at the precise moment we were dealing with it is beyond uncanny. It is a veritable mystery, like running into a friend while hiking in the Himalayas or something like that. For once we actually knew the definition of an obscure term!!”



Coming to America(n Airwaves)

Anne, who hears us on KUOW, writes…

“I want you to know that your programme not only gives me hope but reassures me that moving to the US was still a good idea! I love the wit of the contestants and look forward to this – oh so brief – half hour of delight and laughter every week. Thank you.”

Thank you Anne! We are delighted to hear how much of an impact the show has had on you. If you’re looking for more than the regular half-hour, make sure to check out our podcast for hours upon hours of Says You! content.

The Pandemic Elixir!

Jane and Frank, loyal podcast listeners, write to us…

“We’ve attended 2 of your live performances here in Port Townsend. Now we listen to your podcasts nearly every evening while preparing dinner, carefully parceling them out so we don’t run out of shows. Our biggest challenge is to make sure the sip of wine is swallowed before Carolyn puns or Tony quips! We started the evening ritual 11 months ago when laughter became more essential than ever on a daily basis, and now we look forward to having you as our guests frequently. The laughter is still our favorite pandemic elixir! I would like to see more questions about fiber arts, needlework, and cooking. How about some education history? We look forward to seeing all of you in Port Townsend again soon!”

Picking Up the Pen & Paper!

Ariel, a listener on KUHF, writes…


“I’ve been listening on my radio station and, more recently, on the podcast player of my choice for quite some time and I cannot stress how much this show has helped me in my solving of crosswords and starting to create them, especially when I need clues. I also appreciate you airing your shows through a live streaming service so more of your fans can watch the show and introduce new fans. Thank you for everything, and I look forward to seeing one of your shows in person in the future.”