What, me worry?

Last sum­mer in Istan­bul, this lit­tle guy was prob­a­bly ask­ing that too.

Alfred E. Neu­man is the jug-eared mas­cot on the cov­er of Mad, my favorite mag­a­zine grow­ing up (and peo­ple accuse me of being an intel­lec­tu­al, so hah!). Every issue he fills the page, always dressed in some­thing top­i­cal, rel­e­vant, time­ly. Yet one thing nev­er changes: his wide, tooth­less, sil­ly grin — so sil­ly I find myself wish­ing I could just smack it right off his face.

But now as we wel­come New Year 2011, I find myself with the same sil­ly grin and all I can ask is Alfred’s sig­na­ture ques­tion: “What, me worry?”

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