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Growing up, mine dad taught us silly series, together as:"Since Monday comes on Tuesday this mainly our constant Wednesday meeting will certainly be hosted on Thursday because Friday"s therefore close to Saturday and Sunday"s a vacation anyway."Also: * One hen * 2 ducks * 3 squawking geese * 4 limerick oysters * 5 corpulent porpoises * 6 pair that Don Alverzo"s tweezers * seven thousand Macedonians in complete battle selection * Eight brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt * ripe apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic, old men on roller skates with a significant propensity in the direction of procrastination and also sloth * Ten lyrical, spherical diabolical denizens that the deep who hall stall approximately the corner of the quo that the quay of the quivery, every at the very same time.According come a Jerry Lewis website, this is called the "Announcer"s Test". It originated at Radio main New York in the beforehand 1940"s together a cold reading test provided to prospective radio talent to demonstrate their speaking ability.Del Moore, a lengthy time girlfriend of Jerry Lewis", take it this check at Radio central New York in 1941, and also passed the on come him. (Del Moore is ideal remembered as Dr. Warfield in "The Nutty Professor," 1963)Jerry has performed this test on radio, television and also stage for many years, and also it has end up being a favorite tongue twister of his fans roughly the world.

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26 Comments: kathleen said...

I learned one hen, two ducks in the early 60"s. Mine father might not remembert #10 therefore we consisted of 10-14 and recited it for years together a family and also even in ~ his funeral.

7:05 to be Unknown said...

My 8th grade english teacher had us do this for extra credit. It has been bothering me for 25 years. Thanks!

8:48 afternoon cotton said...

I had actually a substitute teacher present this together a memory video game in the 6th grade some 40 year ago. Ns never got 10 yet remembered 1-9 perfectly from that day forward.

11:05 to be anonymous said...

I had heard this at summer camp in the 70's and additionally remember the city (but can't remeber the number) " x- titillating, teutonic titwillows that twiddle your thumbs like tweedle-dee and also tweedle-dumb to the song of tea because that the tillerman."

7:45 pm anonymous said...

In the middle 1960's thie musical version of this was offered as a type of club theme song on the midnight shift radio present hosted by dick Sommers. His other good contribution was to re-name sandwiches come "shrewbruies" in honor of the Earl thereof, native whom, that was said the Earl the Sandwich stole the idea

6:00 am cotton said...

I added #11 -- Eleven, elastic, plastic, powdered pooped polygons whose fierce sides space for a fact false

6:10 to be Unknown said...

I learned "one hen, two ducks,," in the beforehand 60's and never forgot it. Now in my mid 70's a young woman involved our senior housing come test united state for memory ability. After endless streams of numbers to it is in recalled and recited forward and also backwards and paragraphs to be remembered, etc. As the mrs was acquiring ready to leave i told her it was she turn and I tried the oldOne Hen game on her. She gained lost by #4. LOL

2:39 pm anonymous said...

My teacher do the whole course learn it and also it has actually been bugging me cuz i forgot certain parts

9:42 am Unknown said...

My high school challenge speech coach used it to warmth us up before we performed.

10:04 afternoon anonymous said...

My husband provided to offer this together a "test" to friends in ~ parties. He passed away previously this year and I was afraid i would never hear it again. Ns was happy to uncover this - something to keep him v me - and to proceed to make friends laugh.

10:07 afternoon Cassiandra said...

I usage this for warmth ups in drama for once we carry out shows to loosen up our tongues and assist with memorization. Ns love impressing mine friends by saying it supervisor fast!!

11:48 to be anonymous said...

I too remember listening to this top top the radio native WBZ in Boston. I also remember shrewsbruies and the immediate swamp!

8:44 to be Ellen said...

I when saw a variation that went all the method up come twenty, but I couldn't mental it, and I don't remember whereby I experienced it. The very first time ns heard it was from Jerry Lewis ~ above the tonight Show, probably as far ago as the work of Jack Paar.

6:12 afternoon stew said...

Learned this as a memory video game 50 plus year ago, teach it to my children (over long distance rides as a way to store them from gift bored and from driving united state crazy through the whines "are us their yet?" or "how much longer?"Now we are playing this wonderful distraction memory game with ours grandchildren, and they room loving it!

6:45 afternoon anonymous said...

I was a teacher and made my students memorise this. My brother supplied to song a track from an advertisement for "Akcent" basically monosodium glutamate in a jar. It as initially written through Stan Frieburg. Deserve to you find it... "A leg of lamb, a roast, a wienie, chicken al a king and __________________. You have the right to make them every taste like they never did before.

3:15 to be swirlinabc said...

I learned #10 in different way from a games magazine in 1978, "10 lyrical, spherical, diabolical denizens of the deep that stalk about the corners that the cove every at the exact same time." however i thunk i favor the initial version better. Unfortunately, the version i learned is currently etched in mine brain.

12:24 to be Me in Africa said...

I learned # 10 as "10, diabolic, apostolic, dinizens the the deep, that danced around the Key, top top the financial institutions of the river Quall.

6:24 am JC said...

AKA "The Tibetan memory Trick" through Flo and Eddie.

10:41 afternoon Collin said...

My dad taught this to mine siblings and I when we were children as something silly and also we had no reservation what it was. I later on used it in high college as a vocal warm-up through my theater company. I also sometimes usage it to talk someone out of steering if they have had actually too much to drink. If castle can't repeat it climate they shouldn't journey :P

10:48 am cotton said...

Thank you every for each and every comment.Whenever i pull One hen 2 ducks on someone, they really have actually no attention in anything like that anymore. It's very few and far between that someone in reality appreciates it.

8:21 pm Unknown said...

I learned #10 as “Ten death-defying, diving, daredevil, denizens the the deep, who have the right to quack, quake , quip, quit, and quiver all at the very same time”.Yes , ns still remember the whole thing almost 60 years later.

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7:15 to be CordovanLily said...

A man used this as a game to get my number in ~ the bar. Most fun I've had actually in year though!! I endured #9 and choked on 10.

12:34 am cotton said...

Home babysitting my grandma while parents were out. Watching Jack Parr, age around 12. Still remember, yet had trouble with# 9. Many thanks for solving!

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6:26 pm anonymous said...

My brother and I would drive roughly the countryside (slowly) in the late 60's and get high.Had a many laughs trying come recite this from memory. I never ever knew the it to be born the radio,thought it to be a stoner creation. Give thanks to you!

4:20 am Unknown said...

Learned this together a drinking video game in AF tech school. Repeat ~ me... You miss, friend drink, and also we begin over.... Plenty of hours that fun...