There is a musty old joke about two Greek guys — let’s call them Euripides and Aristophanes just for grins — who are walking down the street. Euripides looks at Aristophanes and says, “I’m thinking about writing a piece about a Grecian urn.” Aristophanes replies, “What’s a Grecian urn?” and Euripides says, “About five drachmas an hour!” Rim shot!

I first recall hearing this joke on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” which gives an idea of just how musty it is. I hadn’t thought of it until recently, when the controversy over the latest round of salary increases for associates at “tall building” firms, as a friend likes to say, hit the newsstands.

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