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The Aggie jokes just write themselves

posted by Aziz P. at 9/26/2005 08:50:00 AM permalink View blog reactions
via Eric Berger, check out this picture of Loupot's bookstore at Texas A&M taken by Andrew McNeel.

The Aggie jokes just write themselves


Isn't the idea to put the wood on the outside in order to protect the glass?


hehe, yeah :)

there's a long-running rivalry between Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) and The University of Texas (flagship branch in Austin TX). Somehow, the A&M "Aggies" got a reputation for thicker skulls than the Longhorns of UT. Hence, there's a whole industry in Aggie bashing.

These rivalries are, I have noticed, more intense the close the two schools are located. Relative to the Harvard/MIT spat, the Aggies and Longhorns barely register.

I must confess, I have a bias - I got my PhD from the UT branch in Houston, and am about ot start my postdoc at UT Med School. So, technically, I'm a Longhorn.

That said, my favorite Aggie joke is:

A guy walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Hey bartender, I know a great Aggie joke. You want to hear it?" The bartender says, "Well, before you tell it I should probably tell you that I went to A&M. And you see those two big guys sitting next to you -- they were linebackers for the Aggie football team. And those two guys on your other side -- they're Marines, and they used to be in the Corps of Cadets at A&M. Now, are you sure you really want to tell that Aggie joke?"

The guy thinks for a second. "I guess not," he said. "I wouldn't want to have to explain it five times."


I contacted Loupot's as to why they boarded the windows from the inside...Here was their response:

"...yep--our windows will not support the weight of plywood screwed into their frames--neither is there sufficient masonry wall surrounding them for an attachment----therefore our contractor a, "good Ag,"
suggested saving the store from a major cleanup and letting the glass go----it wasn't difficult decision to make!!

thanks for your interest---S.P."


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City of Brass was originally launched in March 2002 under the name UNMEDIA. The blog focuses on issues related to muslims in the West. The primary author is Aziz Poonawalla, a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. Bohras adhere to the Shi'a Fatimi tradition of Islam, headed by the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS). Also see the technical blog, entitled Khidmat is not a zero-sum game, detailing the open-source infrastructure behind our community web portal,