Alright, boys and girls. Ready for real fun? Then it's time for America's favorite cable diversion: "Uncle Bill's Everyone Knows It," the exciting news-like game that's sweeping the over-60-demo nation.
More than a game, "Everyone Knows It" is super-educational and can teach you and your grandkids how win every argument, er, um, debate.The best part? It's easy. No studying. No research. Really no sense at all.
Here's how you play...
When you have only cherry-picked facts to build your ostentatious manifesto, make your claim, then close by saying "Everyone Knows It."
That's all there is to it.
Really, how can anyone question your point. Number one, if everyone knows it, then that would include even your opponent. If they did question it, they'd be lying. Wow. That's incredible. Tell me more.
Look how easy it is.
"The New York Times wants the Democrats to win. Everyone knows it."
"NBC wants Democrats to win. Everyone Knows It."
"George Soros and Moveon.org are Nazis. Everyone knows it."
"Al Franken beat the pants off of me in court. Everyone knows it."
Okay, the last one was a trick "Everyone Knows It." Franken did end up the big winner in that one, but Uncle Bill never actually said he did. That's one of the important facets in playing "Everyone Knows It." You have to listen very closely. If you don't, Uncle Bill will say that he never said it and that you're just a far-left loon, which everyone knows. Doesn't matter if he said something that meant the same thing, if you don't get the exact quote, you lose. Sometimes when you get his words verbatim he'll still say you didn't. Ask Mediamatters.org. It's one of the many FUN reasons that makes "Everyone Knows It" so darn challenging. Even when you're right, you could still be wrong.
I know a lot of people will say that "Everyone Know's It" is just what little kids say when they want to put someone down. Like, "you're a stupid, and everyone knows it." Well, some of the most simplistic, childish ideas make great products. For instance, the Hula-Hoop. Just think of Uncle Bill's debating technique like you think of the Hula Hoop: Circular arguments with a huge hole right through the middle of itl.
Too nervous to try "Everyone Knows It" on your own? You can still play.
Get your friends together to listen to Uncle Bill's radio show or watch his TV "Factor." Then count how many times a day he says "Everyone Knows It." The one who comes up with the most "Everyone Knows Its" wins. Want to make it more fun? At the beginning of each show, each of you can predict how many times Uncle Bill will say EKI" that day. It's more fun than an NCAA Tournament Pool. In "Everyone Knows It," Weber State never loses.
Look for more Uncle Bill counting games coming to a TV and radio near
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Uncle Bill's "Everyone Knows It," brought to you by Steve Young, who Bill said is "a crazy guy. Everyone knows it."
Steve Young is the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" (www.greatfailure.com) and his column appears in the LA Daily News Sunday Opinion page...to the left of O'Reilly's...really. His next book, "The Power of Satire...The Secret Weapon That Can Win The 2008 Election For The Candidate Who Is
Less Of A Joke Than The Other," threatens to be finished any day.