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George Carlin, 1937-2008

by Ryan Hudson

George Carlin, legendary and ground-breaking comedian, died of heart failure Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 71.

Carlin was probably best known for his routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." (You can listen to it here; adult language, obviously.) After a performance of that bit in Milwaukee, which began, "I was thinking about the curse words and the swear words, the cuss words and the words that you can't say," Carlin was arrested and charged with violating obscenity laws, and eventually the case found its way to the Supreme Court.

One of his other well-known acts, and one that's perhaps better suited for this site, is when Carlin described the differences between baseball and football. Enjoy.