Never Assume, Thank You Benny Hill

I was 8 years old when I learned an enduring life lesson from Benny Hill. What’s a little kid doing watching Benny Hill and what can he/she learn from that show, you ask?

Toshiba CRT TV

I sneaked Benny Hill for years late at night after I was big enough to drag a chair up to the fireplace mantle and reach the small Toshiba CRT TV set and turn the dial. Who were these gorgeous, buxom women hanging around with a funny looking old man? It was one of the few programs on after most of the major channels signed off for the night.

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Never Assume

This particular episode had nothing to do with the ladies. Here Benny Hill was a German professor with a funny accent. He stood in front of a chalk board with the word “Assume” written in it.

He said, “Never assume because it makes an ass out of you and me.” Cue studio laughter. I giggled too. I heard the word “ass” on TV. Until this point, I only heard it in church in reference to a donkey. I was in 2nd or 3rd grade and just a bit immature – lol.

Fast forward 20 years and counting. Whenever I am in a situation and I say to myself, “I assume that…,” the thought immediately triggers me to ask the next person involved the question. I try to verify my assumption before moving forward when possible. Because who wants to feel like an ass?

To view the full skit, visit this link.

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