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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Absurd as an excuse.
  Absurd as to ask a man if he’ll have salt on his ice cream.
  Absurd as to ask if the flowers love the dew.
  Absurd as to expect a beauty to search for her likeness in the back of a looking-glass.
  How absurd you must have looked with your legs and arms in the air, like a shipwrecked tea-table.
            —Dion Boucicault
  As absurd as for an epic poet to disdain the composition of a perfect epigram, or a consummate musician the melody of a faultless song.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Absurd as if you took a divorce petition to a chemist’s.
            —Anton Chekhov
  Absurd as giving bread-pills for a broken leg.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Absurd as to imagine that the hair-lip or carbuncled nose a man sees in the glass, belongs to the figure in the mirror, and not to his own face.
            —Bonnell Thornton
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