Muhammad Ali
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The great Muhammad Ali used to tell a joke, which I happened to hear at a talk he gave in Boston back in the 80s.

Obviously, Ali had told this joke many times before, because he set it up really well, using a randomly selected fellow in the audience as his straight man. It went like this.

Ali: What did Abraham Lincoln say when he woke up after a five-day drinking binge?

Straight man: I don’t know—what?

Ali: I freed the who?

He brought down the house when he delivered that line, and I’ve been shamelessly stealing that joke ever since.

I owe you, champ.