For Lefties, the Right Hand is ‘The Stranger’

By El Toro, with DJ Salinger contributing, IOWA – With election season and Christmas season roaring into third gear and GOP candidates popping up in everybody’s dreams faster than you can say “overloaded Google Search keyword intro”, Titanic musical giants Toto would be turning in their talent in their titanic titanium graves if they ever caught wind of what I was about to say to you today, the Brutal Times has learned.

For lefties, the right hand is “the Stranger”.

Yes, for years folks over forty thought Billy Joel was “The Stranger.”

And maybe he was, in a way, in whatever way that might mean.

As you know, according to classic rock legend, it was Toto, who coined Joel’s nickname ‘The Stranger’ after they exchanged backstage caresses of steel one night in Bangkok.

But they were also wrong (the folks over forty).

Dead wrong.

Thus, verily, for most of this millenium of taxpayer-funded research, crammed crusty cardboard boxes were carted out of cavernous cubes of prestigious Caribbean think tank MyGoodies-cardboard boxes crammed to the brim with shock-rocking research, proving lefties get their party started with their right hands.

Let me try that again.

“I just get tired of the left hand 99% of the time,” ejaculated Occupy Wall Street anarchist Giles Richardson, 40, a lefty. “Using ‘The Stranger’ just jazzes it up,” he went on.

Let me be clear – you’re talking about… when you think about me, you touch yourself?

“When I think about me.”

Right. Sure. But is this too much for folks to know? Will they melt down under the infoload?

Folks can never know enough, says Internet pioneer Daemon Mailer, when contacted by The Brutal Times at home in his log cabin.

Full disclosure: Daemon Mailer is an unpaid employee at The Brutal Times.

Fuller disclosure: We didn’t feel like interviewing anybody else for this interview, cos, like, it was raining outside.

Too much disclosure: it wasn’t raining outside.

“Folks – shoppers – can never know enough,” Mr Mailer quipped, drawing lazily on his pipe, while fondling his Davy Crockett hat.

Zat gonna help ’em make more informed choices and so on?

“Er, no.”

Yeah, but shoppers still have the right to click off any time they want.


OK, but “The Stranger” is trending right now?

“It’s trending right up the proverbial trending wazoo. Justin Beiber’s using ‘The Stranger’, Hugo Chavez, The Queen Mum…”

The Queen Mum’s a lefty?

“She’s left-handed, yes. She plays a left-handed Fender, just like Kurt Cobain.”

Let me get this straight.

“By all means.”

When you say “lefties,” you mean people who-

“Yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh. That’s it exactly.”

But…Billy Joel’s not left-handed.

“He’s not?”


“My bad.”

Are you left-handed?

“I’m both-handed.”

So, then-

“So, then, yes, I know, ‘Is it a little boring for me, or is it, y’know, too much mystery?, quote unquote’. I’ve heard all the jokes, thank you.”

All of them?

“All the jokes, yes.”

Then how old are you? You must have lived a long time to hear all the-

“I see where you’re going, but I’m gifted and pick up quick, y’know?”

Oh, sure. Well. Anything else to tack on?

“I dunno…you explain to readers why they call it ‘The Stranger’, n’ all?”

Uh…I’d have to scroll up and check.

“Right. And no one scrolls down this far, so if you’ve missed it, then it probably doesn’t matter at this point.”

Well…some Russian spambot might scroll down this far.

“Well, kudos to you, kid, for caring what the Russian spambot reads – go on.”

Well, I, we – DJ Salinger and I, who also contributed to this article, but really only at the start now – with that classic rock reference-”

“About the Billy Joel.”

Yes – about the Billy Joel – and the Toto – we would just say that, y’know, we’re all adults here, online, and uh, it’s when, uh, one man, uh, loves hisself very much and, uh, he goes about uh, y’know, demonstrating that love, uh, with uh, another hand…then he’s normally used to.”

“You’ve lost me.”

You got the Billy Joel part?

“Yes, I got the Billy Joel part.”

He’s ‘The Stranger’.

“He’s ‘The Stranger’.”

Yes. Always was. Always will be.

“I see. That’s highly amusing. And you think your readers-”

We cannot say what we think. This isn’t Facebook.

“And they’ll never scroll down this far.”

Never. In a million, billion million years.

Am I right?!?

About El Toro

Born angry, shitdisturber El Toro is an explicit indictment of something. Eschewing bathroom breaks, Toro sends a signal to hisself by reading strangers' email. Ringleader of BT's notorious bling ring, ET has learned the hard way you don't bring sand to the beach. That's whut he says anyway.
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8 Responses to For Lefties, the Right Hand is ‘The Stranger’

  1. bertie racovich says:

    generally, i agree with the article. i’ve been a southpaw for many years, due to some facts, and i find even at home people get all in a huff when i bring up ‘the stranger’. However, i’d like to see more sources in your article? Like…one?

  2. lenore vu says:

    unfunny. also and plus, it’s wrong to assume your audience knows Billy Joel put out an album called The Stranger, in like, what, the ’70’s? How could you do this to us, BT?

  3. milos foreplan says:

    Hold on, you 3! i, for one, think the article raises some good points. not enough sports metaphors, but…i can think those up in my mind’s eye, right? Right?

  4. milos foreplan says:

    sorry – you 2! not, oh god, this gets even worse – not the irish pub band – you 2 who posted above…

  5. ban ki moon says:

    You say “for folks over forty…Billy Joel was the Stranger!” I have been waiting my whole life to hear these kind words. Don’t go changing, BT. We like you just the way you are (mm-um-hmm-um-hmm).

  6. elton says:

    hey, BT, what’s up, what’s up? long time, long time.
    hey, you guys got any good christmas stories lying around there somewhere?
    i mean, come on, we all know about this stranger stuff from like, high school.
    am i right?

  7. greg richardson says:

    I don’t know what the story means! what’s done is doen, but i want to know the meaning and i mean now soldier!

  8. digby salts says:

    i scrolled down this far, bt. now whuddo i get? hmm?