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Matt Groening

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When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.
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"Basic Sex Facts For Today's Youngsters"; Variant: When the authorities warn you of the dangers of having sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.

 
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