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40 Things I Know at 50 (Because 50 Is the New 40)
by Carol Leifer

When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror

The people who frequent nude beaches are never the people you want to see naked.

Making love to a woman is like buying real estate -- "Location, location, location!"

Never buy expensive thong underwear. One trip through the dryer and itapostrophes a frilly bookmark.

Never put your babyapostrophes length on a birth announcement. Itapostrophes a baby, not a marlin.

If you see a woman with a big belly, never ask if sheapostrophes pregnant or when sheapostrophes due. Trust me.

If you have a garage sale at your house, donapostrophet be afraid to put anything and everything out. (I once sold half a bottle of Listerine.)

Never eat pistachio nuts after getting a French manicure.

When someone says, "To make a long story short," theyapostrophere already too late.

When a waiter asks you to taste the wine and youapostrophere clueless, sip it and then say, "Yeah, that should get me hammered."

Badly cut bangs do always grow back.

A great birthday gift for a woman you donapostrophet like whoapostrophes about to turn forty? Magnifying mirror.

Best job for a woman? Judge. She gets to wear a big black weight-hiding muumuu all day.

Worst job for a woman? Naval recruit. How anyone would have the courage to wear white pants all year is beyond me.

When someone starts a sentence with "No offense . . . ," you can bet they are about to say something incredibly offensive. (Same goes for "Nothing personal . . ." and "Can I give you some constructive criticism?")

Tequila should always be sold with an instant camera attached to it so the next day you have some idea of what happened.

Five-minute drum solos are always four and a half minutes too long.

The phrase "good toupee" is an oxymoron.

I believe that we can take the word "morbidly" out of the phrase "morbidly obese." It seems mean and gratuitous, like calling someone stroke-inducingly plain.

Worst question to ask an elderly person? "How are you feeling?" Youapostrophell be there for days. (Second worst question? "Iapostrophem sorry, could you repeat that?")

Someone named Adolph has a hard time dating.

When a salesperson in a clothing store tells you that you look great in something, always remember that they work on commission.

The sunny side of the street is the one with the threat of skin cancer on it.

Never wear high heels to an event if youapostrophere going to be outside on a lawn.

If your thighs make noise while wearing corduroy pants, you need to lose some weight.

If you can tie a cherry stem with your tongue, you are really good at sex.

A witchapostrophes tit is not colder than anyone elseapostrophes tit.

When your husband suggests experimenting sexually with multiple "inputs," politely remind him that you are a woman and not a surge protector.

Never refer to a woman as "maapostropheam," even if sheapostrophes ninety years old. No one likes it.

You may not rationalize eating an entire pint of ice cream by claiming it was for the calcium.

Never eat at a restaurant that charges for bread.

No one looks good eating a burrito. Not even a porn actress.

A fly in an airplane is very lost.

Men recuperate from the death of a spouse much sooner than women do.

When you offer someone a mint, they will invariably ask, "Why, do I need one?"

Never buy SweetapostropheN Low, Equal, or Splenda at the supermarket.

Thatapostrophes what restaurants are for.

If you plan on having your lovers name tattooed on your arm, always leave room before it for a possible "I Hate" down the road.

Why do men have nipples? Whats the point? Theyapostrophere like plastic fruit.

Professional bodybuilders look like walking challahs.

Never complain about your age to someone older than you.

Director Norman Jewison is ironically not Jewish.

The above is an excerpt from the book When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror by Carol Leifer. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Excerpted from When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win by Carol Leifer. (c) 2009 by Carol Leifer. Reprinted by arrangement with The Random House Publishing Group.

About the author:

Carol Leifer of When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror, is an accomplished stand-up comedian and an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for her work on such television shows as Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and the Academy Awards. She has starred in several of her own comedy specials, which have aired on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Her "big break" came when David Letterman unexpectedly showed up one night at the Comic Strip in New York City and caught Carolapostrophes show. His visit led to her making twenty-five guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. Carol has also been seen on The Tonight Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Conan OapostropheBrien, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She starred in and created the WB sitcom Alright Already. She lives in Santa Monica with her partner, their son, and their seven rescue dogs.

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