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1. Eat, Sleep, and Think Burgers
2. Stuff Your Face, Then Diet
3. A Chance of Rain, or Not
4. Four Hours of Energy
5. Cat and Dog Discuss Humans
6. A Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge (1)
7. A Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge (2)
8. A Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge (3)
9. A Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge (4)
10. A Laptop Problem (1)
11. A Laptop Problem (2)
12. Step Down (1)
13. Step Down (2)
14. A Rising Dumpster
15. Everyone Just Stood There
16. Teacher Laid Off
17. J-Lo at Macy's
18. Knock, Knock, Knock!
19. A Fast Breakfast
20. One Person at a Time
21. Whose Fault Was It?
22. Her Dental Visit
23. Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite
24. Hairy Ears
25. A Note from the Teacher
26. I Can't Stop My Car!
27. A Baffling Sculpture (1)
28. A Baffling Sculpture (2)
29. Five Words of Love
30. A Black TV Screen
31. Who Cares About Germs?
32. It's Them Again
33. Let's Clean Those Teeth (1)
34. Let's Clean Those Teeth (2)
35. Those Loud Commercials
36. All Aboard the LIRR (1)
37. All Aboard the LIRR (2)
38. What Package?
39. The Last Stop
40. "That Was Easy!"
41. Drive to the LA Airport (1)
42. Drive to the LA Airport (2)
43. Where's My Safety Razor?
44. An Island Full of Animals
45. What Size Do You Wear?
46. Go for the Gold
47. A Hard History Test
48. Snow Globe Collector
49. Less Money for Swimming Pools
50. But We're in Love!
51. The Subway Talker
52. You Call That a Tip?
53. A Grocery Mystery (1)
54. A Grocery Mystery (2)
55. When 47 Equals 50
56. A Senior Discount at the Movies
57. A Dog's Life
58. The Seat Was Down Earlier
59. Pass the Gas
60. Let Those Eyebrows Grow!
61. Let It Snow, Let It Snow
62. Don’t Slip on the Ice
63. A Stolen Baby
64. A Bucket of Chicken (1)
65. A Bucket of Chicken (2)
66. A Doctor Appointment in October
67. Why Is the Teacher Late?
68. Take These Ugly Ties Back!
69. Make New Friends in Class
70. The Camera Manual Is No Help
71. Plenty to Say to No One
72. Can I Borrow Rent Money?
73. A Food Pill for the Future
74. The Magic Frog
75. Halos on Parallel Earth
76. Fingerprints on the Glass
77. Where Did the Mustard Go?
78. Invest $2 in the Lottery (1)
79. Invest $2 in the Lottery (2)
80. No More Ultimate Fighting
81. A Thief in the Waiting Room
82. Small Bedrooms for Big Bucks
83. Jury Duty near Chinatown (1)
84. Jury Duty near Chinatown (2)
85. Renting a Manhattan Apartment
86. Stop Sleeping and Start Writing
87. A Dangerous Light Bulb
88. Search for a Legal-Size Envelope
89. An Unsafe Hotel Carpet (1)
90. An Unsafe Hotel Carpet (2)
91. Porn in the Library
92. Superman at the Driving Range (1)
93. Superman at the Driving Range (2)
94. Angry Words for the Boss
95. Here Comes the Bride!
96. Love Guides Her Day (1)
97. Love Guides Her Day (2)
98. A Killer House Cat
99. A Mean Guy in School (1)
100. A Mean Guy in School (2)
101. Why Cry About It?
102. Her Nose Is Running (1)
103. Her Nose Is Running (2)
104. Take a Little off the Back
105. A Bridge No More (1)
106. A Bridge No More (2)
107. Feel the Bananas
108. A Visit to the Statue of Liberty (1)
109. A Visit to the Statue of Liberty (2)
110. Food for the Potted Plants
111. Subway Rider Needs Help
112. Police! Open the Door!
113. It's Nice to Meet You—Not!
114. The World's Greatest City
115. Doctor Cures a Bad Memory
116. A Bike for the City
117. A Red Bike on Display
118. I Love New York City!
119. A Bad Restaurant Table
120. It's Only Money, They Say
121. A Conflicted Man on the Sidewalk
122. Don't Jump out of Windows
123. All I Want Is You
124. He Remembers Only the Good Things
125. A Loyal Customer
126. A Big Man with No Manners
127. In Praise of Dear, Departed Dad
128. A Good Day for Fishing
129. A Schoolboy's Answered Prayer
130. Don't Spoil It for Me
131. The Right Stock at the Right Time (1)
132. The Right Stock at the Right Time (2)
133. Drug Addict Shoots Four People
134. A Reckless Driver in Manhattan
135. A High School Graduation Gift
136. He Knows When He'll Die
137. Where Did Her Sock Go?
138. Mom's Missing Headstone
139. Are the New Socks 100% Cotton?
140. A Sunny Fourth of July in Manhattan
141. Powerball Ticket Price Doubles
142. Please Fix the TV Captions
143. Don't Drink the Bathroom Water
144. A Colorful Front Yard
145. The Go-Ring Gets His Attention
146. Till Death Do Us Part
147. Turn the Temperature Up
148. Don't Try on This Shirt
149. Did He Cut in Line?
150. Someday I'll Be a Star, Too
151. Tiger Is Dead! Long Live Tiger!
152. Please Return My Umbrella
153. The Tall Boy Who Bragged
154. His Lips Aren't Moving
155. Wipe Your Feet!
156. Three for Him, One for Her
157. A Parade in New York City
158. Where Are My Keys?
159. Can You Add Three Little Numbers?
160. A Postcard and a Wedding
161. I Hate My Name
162. Protesters Don't Like Wall Street
163. Oily Beans Make Tasty Coffee
164. Need a Taxi? He Can Help
165. The Twin Reflecting Pools at WTC
166. Where Are My Free Quick Picks?
167. The Laptop Hums Loudly
168. A Good Deal on a Used Book
169. The Bicycle Pump at K-Mart
170. What's the Name of This Museum?
171. I'd Prefer Half Your Winnings
172. I Would Never Buy This Place!
173. Do You Work Well with Others?
174. A Sticker on Every Apple
175. A Few Words from the Sponsor
176. New Job, New Shirts
177. Superman Lives Here
178. Booze and Concrete Don't Mix
179. A Not So Young "Young Man"
180. She Isn't a Patient Patient
181. Big Pitcher, Little Spout
182. If the Shoe Fits, Wear It
183. Pink Doesn't Mean He's Gay
184. Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village
185. Can't Everyone Just Bow?
186. Are They Bowling Upstairs?
187. Pay the Postage Due
188. Thanks for Coming to the Party
189. An Umbrella for Only $7
190. I Want to Be Rich and Famous
191. The Commercials Are More Interesting
192. I Don't Want to Hear Your Song
193. Your Noise Right Back at You
194. Hire Me for $20 an Hour
195. A Soda for His New Girlfriend
196. A Pain in the Shoulder
197. The Bi-Coastal Cat
198. Wipe the Dust off the Blinds
199. A Pothole Is a Lifesaver
200. The Cow with Two Tails
201. The Mouse That Roared
202. He Got a Good Deal on the Old Car
203. Banana Head Seeks Work
204. Brother, Can You Spare a Grand?
205. A Turkey Day to Remember
206. Lottery Ticket Is Now $2
207. Chinese New Year Visitor
208. Invitation to a U.N. Concert
209. They're Kicking Us Out
210. How to Buy a Leather Jacket
211. Open (Grunt!) That Package
212. Student Dentist, Starving Patient
213. Magic Pill for a Longer Life
214. Valentine's Day Roses--A Day Late
215. Time to Pay Taxes
216. The School Job Interview
217. A Cable TV Problem
218. You Have to Ask Your Wife?!
219. He Never Complained
220. She Wants to Come to America
221. A Genie in a Bottle
222. The Colonoscopy
223. Drunk Gets Hit by Car
224. They Understand Her Better Now
225. He Hates His Life
226. Lasagna in Little Italy
227. He Saves Tot from Train
228. The World's Greatest Fighter
229. They'll Deliver It Tomorrow
230. She Dreams About Grandma
231. A Big, Fat NYC Cookie
232. A Pizza a Day
233. When a Million Isn't Enough
234. The Cat Whisperer
235. Can I Undo That Wish?
236. How About Banning Cigarettes?
237. Where Is That Winning Ticket?
238. Pay Them, and They Will Come
239. The World's Favorite Candy Bar
240. Two Heavy Grocery Bags
241. New Hangover Cure
242. The Wheelchair Race
243. NYPD: Bike Tickets Galore
244. A Lucky Blind Person
245. The Knuckleball Pitcher
246. Pink Slime in Ground Beef
247. A Stolen Butterfinger
248. Bike Rider Gets Help
249. His First Acting Audition
250. Yellow Notes on the TV Set
251. Wash, Dry, and Forget
252. Proud of His Average Son
253. A Name Can Change You
254. He's Moving to Greener Pastures
255. She’s All Ears
256. Little Stickers on Your Fruit
257. New, Stained Pajamas
258. But It IS in SoHo
259. Cats Attack, Hubby Snaps Away
260. A Million-Dollar Son
261. The Bicycle Show
262. Born to Ride
263. Real Cop or Phony Cop?
264. Pooch Is Their Only Child
265. Something Rotten in 5B
266. A Short but Slow Line
267. Food Festival Closes at 9
268. She Has to Go #1
269. Red Bike Tires
270. Dial BR for Bank Robbery
271. Dirty Menu, Dirty Glasses
272. A Free New Testament
273. The Facebook IPO
274. Use Money to Make Money
275. Ride with the Traffic
276. The Dangerous Paper Clip
277. Bikers Breaking Rules
278. A Perfect Game
279. An IPO Market Order
280. Eye Drops for Itchy Eyes
281. Moving on Up
282. Why Kill a Child?
283. Quick and Easy Shopping
284. Fleet Week in NYC
285. Good Steak, Bad Seat
286. Smoker Seeks Nonsmoker
287. It's Not "What" You Know
288. Lots of Meat and Feet
289. A Way with Oranges
290. Two Loud Escalator Riders
291. It's Not the Express Elevator
292. The World's Greatest Doctor
293. Twin Towers or Freedom Tower?
294. Regret the Action Not Taken
295. The Blackberry Trackball
296. The Doctor Likes Face Time
297. Enter to Win $50,000
298. That "Old People" Smell
299. Don't Cut in Line
300. The Uppity Renter
301. Can You Hear Me Now?
302. Flower Shop Fails to Deliver
303. She Loves One, Kisses Another
304. Find a Queue That Moves
305. My Wife's Better Than Yours
306. Meet New People on the Subway
307. The Cable Guy
308. The End of Graffiti?
309. A World of Silent Humans
310. Bad Breath, Dandruff, and Acne
311. A Grumpy DMV Clerk
312. The Subway Push
313. A Manager Without Manners
314. The Wrong Web Site
315. His Computer Is His Master
316. Communicate Well to Succeed
317. Curb Your Dog
318. The Spirit Is Within You
319. A Pain in the Ear
320. Human or Plastic?
321. A Rose Tattoo
322. No Time for Tears
323. Mom the Matchmaker
324. Bring Your Cold to Work
325. Do You See Me!?
326. Golf Isn't Her Bag
327. Monkey See, Monkey Do
328. The Visit to Shake Shack
329. The Gay Pride Parade
330. No More Standing in Line
331. A Trip to Intrepid Museum
332. Don’t Cough into the Fridge
333. Golf Fan Wants a Homer
334. A Marriage Problem
335. New Yorkers Are Polite
336. The Perfect Wife
337. Kill and Be Killed in NYC
338. Want Rain? Push This Button
339. Cleaner Men's Rooms in D.C.
340. A Stranger in the Elevator
341. Underarm Odor
342. The Invisible Man
343. I Used to Heart NY
344. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
345. Chew, Smack, Chew, Smack
346. A Cheap Grandpa
347. Fine, but not Dandy
348. I Have a Better Man for You
349. A Plain, Cold Blanket
350. Blind Girl Looks Normal
351. A New Laptop (1)
352. A New Laptop (2)
353. A New Laptop (3)
354. A New Laptop (4)
355. A New Laptop (5)
356. An Out-of-Control Printer (1)
357. An Out-of-Control Printer (2)
358. An Out-of-Control Printer (3)
359. Your Questions Annoy Me (1)
360. Your Questions Annoy Me (2)
361. Where'd My Suitcase Go?
362. The Accidental Big Tipper
363. The Whiny Voter
364. Survivor Is 500 Years Old
365. The Smelly Subway Panhandler
366. Tough Love from the Soda Machine
367. Big Boys Don't Cry
368. Get-Well Card for One
369. Where Can I Buy Groceries?
370. New DVD Cable Causes Discord
371. One Couple, Two Beds
372. A Modern Sleeping Beauty
373. Who Passed the Gas?
374. A Blankety-Blank CD
375. A Computer Warranty
376. Lotto Jackpot Is $550 Million
377. Rich Lady Tries to Cheat Store
378. Chompers and Gulpers in Theater
379. Be an Eagle or a Bug
380. Long Live Twinkies
381. May-December Wedding
382. Robot Love
383. Honor the Living
384. Where Did the Oceans Go?
385. Foot Trapped in Train Doors
386. Vote or Die
387. Colorful Folks on the Train
388. Super-Thin Body Armor
389. Naughty or Nice?
390. Peter the Peepot
391. Eye of the Tiger
392. Stand Up So I Can Sit Down
393. Cows, Cats, and Dogs
394. TVs That Listen
395. Who's the Stupid One?
396. The Truth About Santa
397. Shopping with Avatars
398. Orange Rectangle Is Bad News
399. Open the Darn Package!
400. Teddy Bear for Sale
401. My Tired Uncle
402. Love You Too
403. One with the Tiger
404. The Foot-Long Sub
405. The On-Off Buttons
406. The Most Important Sense
407. Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat
408. Dancing Tomatoes
409. Turn That Frown Upside Down
410. This Candy Is Too Good
411. Christmas Pizza for All
412. Death on the NYC Rails
413. The Sky Is Falling
414. Rainbow Underwear
415. Why Did I Open This Cabinet?
416. Cats Slaughter Billions
417. A Shout Out for Silent TV
418. I'm in NYC, but Where?
419. The Surprise House Guest
420. The Chair Kicker
421. Is There Someone Else?
422. Sidewalks You Can Eat Off
423. The Slide Rule Rules
424. Sleeping with One Eye Open
425. Much Older Than He Looks
426. Opened Window, Closed Mouth
427. Oranges All Day, Every Day
428. The Pill with No Future
429. Don't Talk to Me Like That
430. The Tiny Office Fridge
431. The Old College Try
432. Perfume, Coffee, and Cats
433. Thaiger, or Tiger?
434. Facelook Hosts Daily Birthday Party
435. Lazy, Spoiled, or Both?
436. Burn a Pile of Cash
437. Don't Hit Him in the Head
438. The Pursuit of Meaning
439. You Scratch My Back…
440. Your Future Is Before You
441. Listen to Your Body
442. TV Ads—Up Close and Personal
443. Floating in the Ocean
444. Stay Informed—Read the Paper
445. The World's Greatest Invention
446. Complaining Wives
447. You Don't Look Hurt to Me
448. How Important Is "The News"?
449. A Little Snip Here…
450. Here's Your $2 Back
451. Dirty Bathroom Angers Wife
452. A Free Magazine Subscription
453. Teacher Frets About Handout
454. Is There a Largebone Too?
455. Standing on the Corner
456. Stomach Trumps Heart
457. Did You Wash Your Hands?
458. NYC Is So Exciting
459. Bedbugs Be Gone!
460. Put on Your Thinking Cap
461. Barefoot with Hand Out
462. Drink Your Own Tea
463. The Fast Food Worker
464. Tattoo You
465. Those People Will Never Change
466. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
467. A Place for Everything…
468. 9/11 Won't Happen Again
469. Two Lotteries in Two Nights
470. Angel Breath
471. Aim Your TV Remote Higher
472. He Paid His Debt
473. How Do You Know Me?
474. Is This Your Shake or Mine?
475. No More Pets for Her
476. Whiskers Are for Plucking
477. Bottoms Up Before You Buy
478. Little Boy Meets Metal Box
479. A Boy's Birthday Bike
480. Maybe the Train Will Be Late
481. Nice People Are So…Nice
482. She Used the Wrong Credit Card
483. The Arena Will Always Look Old
484. Where Is That Thumb Drive?
485. Baseball Fans Balk at Prices
486. Watch Where You Sit
487. A Street Sign for Stilt Walkers
488. A Pretty Woman Is a Pretty Woman
489. Cramps That Curl His Toes
490. I Cried Because I Had No Shoes
491. The Girl Who Stopped Eating
492. What Was That Blur?
493. How to Meet Girls
494. Take These New Shoes Back
495. Your Phone or Your Life
496. Walk Around Me
497. Little Pill for Big Brother
498. A Good Deal on a Cane
499. A Lifetime of Stupidity
500. Bump in the Night
501. The Greatest Putt Ever Made
502. Young Ballplayer Hates Gravity
503. Nothing Like the Real Thing
504. Where Did All the Fish Go?
505. Worried About His Wife
506. Too Drive to Drunk
507. The Truth About a Tooth
508. Free Money for Straphangers
509. New, Improved EZ English
510. Action Movies Bore Brothers
511. Voted Most Popular at Picnics
512. He Calls Himself a Writer
513. 30 Years of Shuffling Paper
514. Silent, but—Colorful
515. Heavy Groceries, Long Walk
516. The Missing Marker Cap
517. The World's 2nd Greatest Invention
518. A Penthouse for Only $40K
519. A "Hello" from Behind
520. Shoo, Pigeons! Scat, Pigeons!
521. Bananas 1, Milk 0
522. Your English Isn't Very Good
523. Whose Home Is This?
524. An Ice Cold Classroom
525. Cart Fight at High Noon
526. Boo-ya! in Your Face
527. Where'd the Graffiti Go?
528. Where'd His Wife Go?
529. Bikes Are for Riding
530. Where's My New York 1?
531. Not My Brother's Keeper
532. B.O. to Go
533. It's One Way the OTHER Way
534. Forget Me Not
536. From Bed to Beyond
537. Man Gets Dog's Nose
538. Be Nice to LGBT
539. Baseball—A Game of Words
540. Give Me Some Elbow Room
541. Fishing for Compliments
542. T-Shirts for Hook-Ups
543. Be Nice or Don't Graduate
544. Do the Right Thing
545. Old Lady Tries to Cut in Line
546. A New Toilet Seat, Returned
547. Snail Mail vs. Snail Fax
548. Happy Thanksgiving!
549. A Little Help Down the Stairs
550. Tew Plus Foor Izz Ayt!
551. Train Wreck: Lost Life, Lost Honor
552. Toss and Turn All Night
553. Ho $, Ho $, Ho $
554. Superman Rides the Q Train
555. A Shot in the Dark
556. The Electric Shaver Savior
557. I'm Always Here for You…Well, Maybe
558. Bake It Black
559. If They're Old, They're Dirty
560. You Talking to Me?
561. If You Can't Trust Your Doctor,…
562. TP Doesn't Grow on Trees, You Know
563. Can't Sleep? Meet My Feet!
564. Laundry Watch
565. Clock Me Out, Please
566. Even Steven
567. Counter Offensive
568. Soap Suds and Clean Duds
569. A Gift for Sale
570. Dinner and a Movie
571. Doctor, Heel Yourself
572. We All Scream for…Gelato!
573. Who's the Boss of You?
574. Ten Big One$ in the Big Apple
575. Spidey Scales Spire of 1WTC
576. A Kiss Is Just a Kiss
577. The Paper Chase
578. Time Waits for—This Baby
579. Life of Pi
580. Words of Love from His Wife
581. Asking Will Make Her "Nupset"
582. Sucko Lotto
583. What's in a (File) Name?
584. Everything Everywhere Is a Story
585. It Fires Banana Seeds
586. Plane Lost, Blame Found
587. A Family That Shops Together
588. Your Dime, Your Whine
589. The Big Apple Gets Its Apple
590. Ma and Pa Drive to NYC
591. The Grass Is Always Greener
592. Ear, Nose, Throat—Feet
593. Too Ugly for Friendship
594. A Cheap NYC Hotel
595. A Voodoo Doll in His Image
596. The Spire Makes It Higher
597. Captain Kirk Is in the House
598. Back to Square One
599. How to Open a Plastic Produce Bag
600. He Offers Them His Seat
601. Who Do You Want to Be?
602. Cat Attacks Dog Attacks Boy
603. His Only Aunt Dies
604. The Laziest Boy in the World
605. Work Till You Drop
606. Train Surfers Need More Training
607. The Metro Card with Feet
608. Free Lunches for All!
609. Grandpa and His Legacy
610. Gigabytes That Takeabyte
611. Bridge Jumpers vs. Track Jumpers
612. All Devices Should Beep Loudly Constantly
613. 2,4,8,16, 32,… = A Whole New You!
614. Oh, to Have a Plump Rump
615. The Inker That Tinkered
616. She Never Knew What Didn't Hit Her
617. Don't Do ANYTHING Except Drive
618. What's a 3-Letter Word for "Cool"?
619. Where Will the Homeless Sleep?
620. Popeye Meets MJ Meets Balloon Dog
621. Find a Spot at Noon, or Watch the Fireworks on TV
622. How Soon We Forget
623. Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones,…
624. First Things First Every Morning
625. How About Acting Like a Grown-up?
626. Cramps with Amps
627. Oldest Living Person Hasn't Lost It Yet
628. Wtd: NYC Bldg Inspectors—NoExpNec
629. Who Would Suspect a Third Grader?
630. At 105, She Didn't Hog the Cake
631. Follow Your Instincts
632. Every Picture Tells a Story
633. Born to Lose
634. Do Half as Much Double-Checking
635. Cops That Just Say No
636. Mom Abandons Baby in Subway
637. New Law: More Marinada Than Marijuana
638. Ants in Your Plants
639. Fresh, Frozen, Canned
640. He's More His Than Hers
641. Pretty Face, Pretty Smile, Pretty Sad
642. The Wife, or the Law?
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