On Goyim Pond

  • Aired:  03/15/12
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Residents of Mt. Vernon, NH, vote to rename a questionably named pond. (3:00)

JUST LIKE YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

OKAY.

I AM ABOUT TO DO THE WORST

SEGUE IN THE HISTORY OF THE

SHOW.

SPEAKING OF CREATURES THAT

AREN'T CRAZY ABOUT JEWS OR

WATER--

(LAUGHTER)

WE REWRITE THE SHOW RIGHT

BEFORE THE SHOW.

SO SOMETIMES WE SCREW UP.

HERE'S A LITTLE STORY FROM A

SMALL TOWN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE,

THE TOWN OF MOUNT VERNON NEW

HAMPSHIRE VOTES TO CHANGE

THE CONTROVERSIAL NAME OF A

POND.

FOR DECADES IT'S BEEN NAMED

JEW POND.

>> JEW POND.

>> THIS IS JEW POND.

>> Jon: AH, YES.

>> I I SOMEONE IS CATCHING

TADPOLES ON JEW POND.

JUST ME, SAL, IRVING,

MORTGAGEY AND WHO COULD

FORGETTESTER.

JEW POND, IT'S NOT STINGY

WITH THE MEMORIES, I'LL TELL

YOU THAT.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT THEY SAY JEW POND HAS A

DARK SIDE.

LEGEND HAS IT THE POND'S

INHABITED BY STRANGE AND

SOMEWHAT NEUROTIC MYTHICAL

CREATURE.

(LAUGHTER)

I WOULDN'T WANT TO SWIM IN

ANY POND THAT WOULD HAVE ME

THIS MONSTER.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU KNOW WHAT I ACTUALLY, I

DON'T WANT TO JUMP TO

CONCLUSIONS.

MAYBE JEW POND-- MAYBE JEW

POND ISN'T REALLY NAMED

OFFENSIVELY.

MAYBE IT'S JUST A SHORTENED

VERSION OF THE NAME OF AN

INDIAN TRIBE KNOWN FOR ITS

ANTI-SEMITISM.

OR MAYBE THERE'S AN INNOCENT

EXPLANATION.

>> IT GOT ITS NAME BACK IN

THE '20s AFTER TWO JEWISHMEN

BOUGHT A NEARBY HOTEL AND

THE POND THAT CAME ALONG

WITH IT KNOWN AT THE TIME OF

SPRINGTIME.

>> DURING THAT PERIOD,

SOMEONE IN TOWN APPARENTLY

COINED THE PHRASE JEW POND.

>> Jon: OKAY THEN.

SO IT WAS NAMED BECAUSE IT

WAS BOUGHT BY A COUPLE OF

JEWS.

BUT AT LEAST THE TOWNS FOLK

ARE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT'S

KIND OF OFFENSIVE.

>> IT'S NOT OFFENSIVE TO ME.

>> I REALLY DON'T FIND IT

OFFENSIVE AT ALL.

>> DOESN'T OFFEND ME.

>> WHY CHANGE SOMETHING,

BEEN THAT WAY FOREVER.

>> Jon: WELL, NOT FOREVER.

JUST SINCE TWO JEWS BOUGHT

IT.

THEN TUESDAY NIGHT MOUNT

VERNON VOTERS WANT TO THE

POLL.

>> THE TOWNS PEOPLE CAST

THEIR VOTE BY SECRET BALLOT.

THE RESULT, 104 TO 33 IN

FAVOR OF A NAME CHANGE.

>> AS OF RIGHT NOW THE TOWN

HAS NOT AGREED ON A NEW NAME

YET.

>> Jon: OH, BUT THEY DO HAVE

SEVERAL WORKING PROPOSALS

INCLUDING KIKE'S CREEK.

(LAUGHTER)

MEL'S BROOK.

AND INTERNATIONAL BANKING

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