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The Alligator Lady

August 9, 2012 | by

It was one of our first tours back in the summer of 1999. We had been on the road for a month when we pulled into Lawrence, Kansas. The show at the Replay Lounge was sparsely attended, and we spent most of the night dumping quarters into tired, malfunctioning versions of Pole Position, Joust, Tempest, and Dig Dug. At the bar, we heard a rumor about a woman in Kansas City who raised alligators in her home.

The next morning we drove into Kansas City to eat Gates BBQ and look for the house. We were pointed in a general direction, but no one in town could verify this place actually existed. We found ourselves in a lonely part of town right at the edge of the city’s border. After two blocks of knocking on doors, we were ready to call it quits, and then an elderly woman in her seventies opened the door. We introduced ourselves as alligator enthusiasts and asked if she knew anything about the legend of Alligator Woman. “Know her? I am her.” She had a bright smile like a former actor. Her teeth were perfect. No stains, gaps, or cracks in those real teeth. She pushed aside a pile of chicken wire and welcomed us into the dark rooms. I can’t even tell you how good it was.

Excerpted from Who Farted Wrong? Illustrated Weight Loss for the Mind, by permission of Write Bloody Publishing.



  1. amy | August 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Makes me want to read the whole book, again!

  2. Rhona | August 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The book is definitely worth reading for its wonderful quirky humor and great, funny stories about life!

  3. Iris | August 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

    the “welcome to NY” made me laugh out loud…very funny, quirky stories…entertaining!

  4. Rhona Friedman | August 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Great cartoons with quirky ideas. The stories are well done, interesting and leave you thinking about them Read the entire book to get the flavor of Syd’s humor!

  5. Esther paniagua | August 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Where can I buy it???

  6. Victor D. Infante | August 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Esther, you can buy the book from Write Bloody Publishing at, or order it anywhere you buy books.

  7. Sonya Alberty-Ekee | April 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    My name is Sonya Alberty-Ekee, I use to live across the stree from this woman you called Alligator Women, i onli knew of her by the name Miss Pat, Yes she was a bright, smart lady who had not only Alligator in each room, but she had birds from all walks of life. I lived across from Ms Pat on 49th in Euclid. One thing she liked about me was that she was so crazy about my son Aaron, she loved him very much. The only think I can say is this, I neverec had to go to the zoo all I had to do was walk across the street if I want to see animals

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