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Pick the worst mother-in-law

Endora from “Bewitched”: Always turning you into a chimp or casting various annoying spells on you.

Mary Hatch's mother from “It's a Wonderful Life”: It was pretty clear she wanted Mary to snuggle up to that rich Sam Wainwright. What are the chances she would have ever let that go?

Norman Bates' mother from “Psycho”: She was quiet. But maybe too quiet.

Two “It’s a Wonderful Life” questions

1. Ever tuck an envelope full of cash into a newspaper and then put the paper down and forget it?

We all remember when Uncle Billy did just that. Sure, he might have been a stupid, silly old fool. But let he who has never done something like that cast the first stone.

And didn't Janet Leigh stick some cash in a paper in her room at the Bates Motel in “Psycho”? Sure, the circumstances in which she became separated from the money were a little different. But once again a newspaper proved to be an imperfect currency conveyance.

2. If you were to come up with a variation on “…old building and loan pal” based on your work or social life, what would it be?

“Old Q6 pal”?

“Old Spokane Club pal”?

“Old Manito Park pal”? 

“Out you two pixies go”

Shouldn't we all, in the spirit of the season, find some occasion to say that today?

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This date in Slice history (1995)

Today's Slice question: How would the Inland Northwest be different if you had never been born?

I’ll send a coveted reporter’s notebook…

To the first reader who can prove next week that he or she greeted someone Sam Wainwright style, “Hee Haw!”

For all my old building and loan pals

Here's a reminder.

Don't forget to say, “And Happy New Year to you, in jail!” 

Coming in Thursday’s print Slice column

If you have total recall of recent Slice questions and know every line in this movie, you might be able to make the connection.

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