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Q: Polygamy ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   30 Comments )
Subject: Polygamy
Category: Family and Home > Relationships
Asked by: probonopublico-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 21 Jan 2005 10:01 PST
Expires: 20 Feb 2005 10:01 PST
Question ID: 461074
George Bernard Shaw supposedly said that a woman would prefer a tenth
share of a first rate man rather than a full share of a tenth rate

Whether he said it or not, he probably wished he had.

Well ... what do the members our learned GAlaxy think?

It would be helpful if those responding could indicate M for Male or F
for Female after their posting, for example:

Bryan (M)

Daisy (F)

YES! YES! We both agree!

Clarification of Question by probonopublico-ga on 21 Jan 2005 23:13 PST
So far as I know, GBS did not define 'first rate' but presumably he
was thinking of himself. And why not?

One thing that is for sure is that women the world over line up for
liaisons with the rich and the powerful.

Think of Sinatra and JFK, they did not actually go short. And the King
of Siam. Even Hitler had hoardes of female admirers (including
Britishers) who were bowled over just by the sight of him. Also, King
Edward VII (Edward the Caresser) ... Today's pop icons including
footballers ...

The List is endless.

Of course, women usually like to hide their fantasies under a cloak of

Please bear this in mind when reading comments from those sporting the
tell-tale 'F' after their names.

Oops ... Have I given away a secret?
Subject: Re: Polygamy
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 23 Jan 2005 11:42 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for trusting me to make this report. I declare Patrick
Buchanan the winner because he got Chad pregnant. Er... no... that's
another election.

Regarding the matter at hand, I have sifted through this thread for
anything resembling an actual vote. When I found anything, I shook it
thoroughly until the lint fell off it, then tucked it into the hopper
for countage.

Unfortunately, before I got to the hopper for the final accounting, my
dog Bambi (a known terrierist) had grabbed all the votes and chewed on
them, so I'm not very certain about the accuracy of these results. It
appears that GBS has lost: the nays have it. But I confess that if I
stare at the tally cross-eyed, I see a different outcome that is
shaped a bit like Mae West wearing old galoshes and Carmen Miranda's

Pink: NO

Steph: NO

Scriptor: YES (with restrictions)

IpFan: NO

Norman: NO

Phil: YES (?)

Irene of Ork: NO

Guzzi: YES (same sort of restrictions as Scriptor)

Anne-Marie: apparently abstaining (not from men, but from voting)


Best regards,
probonopublico-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00

As always, you speak ze truth.

A rare accomplishment in these days of Consummmate Politicians.

And my thanks to Bambi.

But, next time, you require a name for a doggie, please ask me.

It could save future embarrassment.

Banmbi a dog? 

Now, I've heard EVERYTHING.

Your Humble Servant

Bryan the Bold

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: am777-ga on 21 Jan 2005 10:17 PST
how would you define a "first rate" man?

Anne-Marie (F...LOL)
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: pinkfreud-ga on 21 Jan 2005 10:24 PST
I prefer not to share my man. Someone else might get the best parts.

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: steph53-ga on 21 Jan 2005 11:19 PST
Hi Bryan....

I would NEVER *share* a man. No no no....I'm much to selfish P:)

Steph53 - F
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: scriptor-ga on 21 Jan 2005 11:52 PST
Well, if I can choose the women who want to share me...

Scriptor - M
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: ipfan-ga on 21 Jan 2005 12:38 PST
I beleive any man being shared by ten women would very soon cease to be first-rate.

Ipfan (M)
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: capitaineformidable-ga on 21 Jan 2005 12:44 PST
Personally, I wouldn?t want any share of a man, first or any other rate.
Not even somebody as amazing as you Bryan.

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: pinkfreud-ga on 21 Jan 2005 12:47 PST
If I marry one-tenth of a man, have I been "deci-mated"?
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: silver777-ga on 21 Jan 2005 15:50 PST
Finally .. we have moved on to PB's for after dinner drinks. Great. I
can now clean up my place after you lot.

Bryan, I'll be along directly. May I bring my Harem?

Phil (100%M)
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: timespacette-ga on 21 Jan 2005 17:18 PST
I remember when I was about 10 I saw full two page spread color photo
in LIFE magazine of an African chief walking at the head of a single
file procession made up of his 23 (count 'em - twenty-three!) wives.
They all looked very happy . . . it was a VERY different cultural
context . . .

I believe the 1/10 man/woman ratio thing was tried a lot back in the
60's with mostly not-so-good results and a lot of regrets . .. . .. .
stories you may or may not want to tell your grandchildren . . .

and a fellow actually quoted this statement from GB Shaw to me once,
as a suggestion, as he preened himself in the mirror . . . my thought:
yeah, buddy, dream on . . .

(my second thought: like Anne-Marie, exactly how DO you define 'first
rate'? not a guy who spends hours preening . . .)

the fact (?) that GB Shaw remained a virgin until he was 30 may
explain some of his idealism . . .

ts (SM)
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: guzzi-ga on 21 Jan 2005 18:46 PST
Would it be stretching the envelope to declare which ?tenth share?.
I?d be quite happy with Avril Lavigne?s mouth, or Kyllie?s bum, or
Jenny Agutter?s voice, or Juliette Stevenson?s style, or Judy Dench?s
brain, or Connie Boothe?s face, or Bette Davis? attitude etc etc. I?m
not greedy, just tend to fall in lust with bits of people.

Actually Johnny Depp?s cheekbones too. I was offered George Cluney but
turned all parts down.

Loon, Maun
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: timespacette-ga on 22 Jan 2005 00:24 PST
re: PB's clarification date Jan 21, 2005 at 23.13 PST

<quote> One thing that is for sure is that women the world over line up for
liaisons with the rich and the powerful. <quote>

we have a saying here on Ork (where it's pretty slim pickin's):

"around here nobody really breaks up . . .
they just lose their place in line."

lining up still implies serial monogamy, not real time sharing!

hey!  there's an idea!  time shares on men!

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: capitaineformidable-ga on 22 Jan 2005 02:05 PST
Put me down for a tenth share of Meg Ryan, but don?t tell my wife. One
needs to keep ones cloak of respectability.

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: am777-ga on 22 Jan 2005 05:00 PST
...of course "men the world over" usually like to hide under a cloak
of "using a lot of words to NOT
answer the question"..............
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: probonopublico-ga on 22 Jan 2005 08:02 PST

Do I detect a ladylike dig coming from the direction of Holland?

Please be careful because I can be very vindictive and I just might
pop across and unplug a few dykes.

Then you won't have to go to Venice to enjoy gondolas in the streets.
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: am777-ga on 22 Jan 2005 08:22 PST
........added to "differentwaysformentheworldovertoavoidansweringthequestionlist"

changing the subject............
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: capitaineformidable-ga on 22 Jan 2005 10:18 PST
I see that you are a lady that likes to get the last word in Anne-Marie.
To be honest I don?t really need respectability, I reckon I have
another ten to fifteen years to go before I am at the stage of needing

So far as me and most of the male population, fancying Meg Ryan goes,
I think that it is best not to cause any upset at home; I?m sure you
will agree. They would prefer not to know. It?s a kindness really.
Not everybody is as liberal minded as you Hollanders. ; )

Btw. I answered the question earlier if you look. This and my previous
comment, is in the nature of additional gratuitous information.

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: probonopublico-ga on 22 Jan 2005 10:45 PST
We have a Duel on our hands: Anne-Marie v Capitaineformidable.

The Time: Tomorrow at Dawn.

The Place: Waterloo, where else?

The station that is, Platform 7.

The Weapons: Duelling Pistols.

Anyone failing to show up will receive a White Feather.
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: am777-ga on 22 Jan 2005 10:47 PST
Dear Capitaine,

the question NOT answered was a question for Bryan  ( see first post
on this list..............)

.....whatever feels best for you capitaine......tell them at home
about Meg or don't......
Btw. you know where I can buy a life-boat ?

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: am777-ga on 22 Jan 2005 11:11 PST

at DAWN on sunday morning???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

how about 10 AM(F)?
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: capitaineformidable-ga on 22 Jan 2005 12:07 PST
Hi Anne-Marie,

I can just about make it to Waterloo by dawn. It looks like I?m going
to hop across the channel to God?s country for the day. A pal of mine
needs to pick something up from around the Basingstoke area and he has
never driven on the proper side of the road before, so he needs me to
tell him that when he is going around the roundabouts (round points)
the wrong way he is really going to get away with it. I don?t want to
let either of you down and apart from that I might get hurt so what do
you say we forget about the duelling pistols and go for balloons on
sticks or cream buns at ten paces!

I know exactly where you can get a life boat. They have them in the
English pubs (café?s), The Royal National Lifeboat Institution won?t
have anything to do with going cap in hand every year to the
Government and then being subject to funding cuts so they are entirely
funded by voluntary contributions . When people put money in the
lifeboat it launches itself down the ramp and reveals a thank you
message. I will try to get one for you but it is considered bad form
to do a runner with the money!

The place where I am living has weird electrics so as from Monday;
some friends are helping me to rewire the house. I may be off the
cable waves for a little week.

I?ll catch up with you all on whatever question you happen to be on.

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: am777-ga on 22 Jan 2005 12:49 PST
Hi Norman ,

Balloons on sticks will be fine..........that 10 AM if that is
allright with you?
hmm....not sure whether this lifeboat will prevend me from getting wet feet......

and Norman, good luck with rewiring the house and uh..where are you living??

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: probonopublico-ga on 22 Jan 2005 13:41 PST
Be careful driving on the wrong side of the road!

When I first lived in Holland I was always getting lost on the roads.

At roundabouts I'd see a sign 'Doorgang Verkeer' and say 'Well I sure
don't want to go there ...'
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: capitaineformidable-ga on 22 Jan 2005 13:48 PST
Hi Anne-Marie.

Balloons on sticks it is then. I will have to practice heavy breathing
all night to get in shape for blowing the balloons up.
Schelle just south of Antwerpen. See you outside the church at 10AM.

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: probonopublico-ga on 23 Jan 2005 05:56 PST

Will you kindly take the score ....

And post it as an answer.

Many thanks!

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: pinkfreud-ga on 23 Jan 2005 13:23 PST

Many thanx for the five stars and the tip! Or is the extra fiver a
bribe to ensure that the next ballot-count goes in a certain
direction? Please let me know whether or not I have been bribed so
that I can determine my degree of turpitude. Without a certain
percentage of turpitude, my abilities as a paint-thinner are badly

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: silver777-ga on 23 Jan 2005 23:22 PST
Maid Marian,

You have outwitted us all. Your admonishment to those not actually
answering the question has placed us on the defensive back foot.

A typical ingenious ploy oft employed by the female species. Us slower
methodical thinking males have only now begun to realise this. Attack
is the best form of defense. I always knew that females were far
smarter than us blokes. However, your opaque cloak has been strewn to
expose your true self.

I nominate myself as Second to the Capitaine in the upcoming Duel.
Guess I'll be busy as I have rights on the hot-dog stand as well as
the ticket sales.

Sir Philsalot
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: am777-ga on 24 Jan 2005 00:58 PST
Sir Philsalot,

Your not to blame:

Why do men pee standing up?
 God was just about done creating man, but he had two things left over
in  his  bag and He couldn't quite decide how to split them between Adam and
 He  thought He might just as well ask them.
 He told them one of the things He had left was a thing that would
allow  the  owner to pee while standing up. "It's a very handy thing," God told
 them, "and I was wondering if either one of you had a preference for it."
 Well,  Adam jumped up and down and begged, "Oh, please give that to me! I'd
 love to  be able to do that! It seems like just the sort of thing a man should
 Please! Pleeease! Give it to me!" On and on he went like an excited
 little  boy. Eve just smiled and told God that if Adam really wanted it so
 badly, he  could have it. So God gave Adam the thing that allowed him to pee
 standing  up.

 Adam was so excited he just started whizzing all over the place -
first  on the side of a rock, then he wrote his name in the sand, and then he
 tried to see if he could hit a stump ten feet away - laughing with delight all
 the while.
 God and Eve watched him with amusement and then God said to Eve,
 Well, I guess you're kind of stuck with the last thing I have left.
 "What's it called?" asked Eve.
 "Brains", said God

See ya in Paraguay!!!

Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: silver777-ga on 24 Jan 2005 04:45 PST

There you go again. Confusing us with a twist at the end of your tale,
so to speak. Brains were not one of the two things left over in the
bag. Those were already issued, albeit not equally so. The idiot Adam
did choose to pee standing up, but the remaining leftover was multiple

Now stop confusing us!

Sir P
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: peterpantobe-ga on 24 Jan 2005 05:44 PST
One day a housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt.
Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to his
wife, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?"
"It depends," she replied. "What does it say on your shirt?"
He yelled back, "University of Okalahoma."
Subject: Re: Polygamy
From: capitaineformidable-ga on 24 Jan 2005 14:15 PST
Thanks for the offer Phil, now I am just looking for a second second
and then a third second. I?ve just seen this and I take back
everything I said about King Kong and the sheep dip. What a turncoat.


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