Friday, May 11, 2007

Everybody Wants to be Famous

Everybody wants their fifteen minutes of fame. Even my Dad. Yesterday he said to me, "Hey, you want a joke for your blog?". I was alarmed. Dad's sense of humour can be somewhat unrefined.

To illustrate: We were watching "House". It was the episode where House mercilessly plays practical jokes on Wilson. At the end of the episode, House's cane breaks and he falls to the floor. Wilson says, "I guess someone filed halfway through your cane while you were sleeping." and walks away. My Dad laughed for at least fifteen minutes over that. It was funny, but a crippled guy falling down because someone cut his cane shouldn't have inspired that much laughter. OK, fine. It was really funny.

So Dad told me this joke:

A Bureaucrat is driving through the country when he comes across a Farmer with some sheep. He stops and talks with the Farmer. "Nice sheep." he says. "Yep" replies the Farmer. The Bureaucrat challenges the farmer to a bet. "I'll bet you I can guess the exact number of sheep you have. If I can, you have to give me one." The Farmer thinks about it for a minute, then says, "Deal."

The Bureaucrat says, "Eighty-seven."

The Farmer is stunned. "Wow," he says, "that's exactly right, Mister. How'd you do that?" The Bureaucrat smiles and says, "In my line of work, you know how to find out these things. The Bureaucrat looks through the flock, picks up a sheep and carries it to his car.

The Farmer says, "Mister, will you give me a chance to win my sheep back?" The Bureaucrat says, "Sure!" The Farmer challenges him to a bet. "If I can guess what you do for a living, I get my sheep back plus one hundred dollars." The Bureaucrat thinks about it for a minute, then says, "Deal."

The Farmer says, "You're a Bureaucrat."

The Bureaucrat is stunned. "Wow," he says, "that's exactly right. How did you know?"


The Farmer replies, "Well, first put down my dog and then I'll explain."


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1 comment:

fRANK d said...

your dad had right to laugh, house is an Ass. You feel sorry for him because he's crippled but this says more about you since handicapped people don't want to be pitied. You need to see house as a normal human being that can take not some helpless person with a cane. Your dad is more able to see house a regular person that needs to be knocked down a few levels. I watch house a lot and at time find myself being just like him but not as vocal on my observations.

The dad has a good sense of humour, goes with his generation.