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Entry from June 12, 2019
“When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra”

Many students do not like to study algebra and do not use the learning after their school years. “Our favorite chuckle from McCall’s mag: when you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra” was printed in the Decatur (AL) Daily on April 15, 1962.

“When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.—Gene Yasenak.“ was printed in the Sioux Center (IA) News on October 20, 1966. It’s not known if Gene Yasenak had written the joke in McCall’s magazine four years earlier.

American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935) has been credited with the line in the 2000s, but he never said it.


15 April 1962, Decatur (AL) Daily, “The Chatter Box” by Fannie Richardson, pg. B-4, col. 6:
Our favorite chuckle from McCall’s mag: when you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.

12 June 1966, Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA), Focus on Family sec., pg. 2, col. 3:
When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.

20 October 1966, Sioux Center (IA) News, “Opinions of Others,” pg. 4, col. 2:
When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.—Gene Yasenak.

5 July 1990, The Current Local (Van Buren, MO), pg. 3, col. 2:
When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
GENE YASENAK

Google Books
Forbes
Volume 145, Issues 7-13
1990
Pg. 460:
When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.
GENE YASENAK

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Will Rogers
John Maida
5/22/03
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Fourth, When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

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When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra ~Will Rogers
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When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 • Permalink