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We can’t lose our sense of humor. Sure, there’s not much good news when you’re buying gas or groceries and we’re being told the worst is ahead.  I was driving past several gas stations on the way to work this morning.  My car kept hiccupping as we passed each set of pumps.  At work, I was pouring my first and increasingly expensive cup of coffee when I suddenly remembered one of my favorite movies.  It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is one of the greatest comedies ever made and with perhaps the greatest ensemble of comedians ever assembled.

My favorite scene?  Jonathan Winters single-handedly destroyed a gas station.  Winters had been a Marine.  He was a big, burly presence on-screen.  The two characters playing the service station owners have been told Winters' character is insane by a con man played by Phil Silvers.  They try and restrain the big man.  What ensues is the best slapstick routine since Three Stooges.

As a boy, I loved this movie.  I became a Jonathan Winters fan for life.  Now I’m going to go home and watch it on streaming.  I need an escape.

Those of us who survived the COVID threat often found ourselves battling strange dreams.  Now the pending economic threat could be a long-standing contagion.  Comedy is a good tonic.

I’ll post a trailer and another video below.  For young people who’ve never seen the movie, it could be a treat.  You’ll also get to see some cars that are now considered classics.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.