July 1, 2003 | Issue 2

Yehupits Located

article pic YEHUPITS, MN — [TheKnish.com] After years of exploring, researchers at the Cartography Institute at Cambridge University believe they have found the legendary town of Yehupits, which was considered the final frontier of Jewish exploration after places like Chelm and Yenem's Veldt were discovered.

While these places of lore were discovered by diligently studying maps and various urban legends, Yehupits was discovered entirely by accident.

Solomon Wilk of Long Island, New York was doing the New York Times crossword puzzle when he came across the clue, "Town abutting Eden Prairie." The answer, he found, was "Edina." But what should he find right between the two towns, but the word "Yehupits."! Solomon immediately contacted Cambridge and a contingent was immediately dispatched to see the place for themselves.

Then the researchers arrived at the spot on the map between Eden Prairie and Edina, they found a sign that said, "Yehupits, population: 1" After a few hollers of "Is anybody home?" an old gentlemen appeared and said, "Nu? So vot took you so long? Where did you come from? Yehupits? Hahahahaha! Ok, not so funny, velcome!"

It turns out the gentleman, Mr. Sam Yehupits, had settled in the area in 1917, built a cozy house on a hill overlooking beautiful sunsets and greenery, never married, and never had any neighbors to share land with. Passers-through in the ensuing years stayed in his place for a nominal fee and decided to name desolate but charming places with nary a population "Yehupits." And so the nickname became a legend.

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Pencil Martin Bodek is short, dark, handsome, runs marathons (finishes them too!), can solve a Rubik's Cube in 1:47, is a big TED chasid, can whup your keister in Scrabble, loves halva, co-founded TheKnish.com, and writes books from 5-9: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mbodekatgmaildotcom


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