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Bird humor

“Had this happen more than once during my golfing days,” wrote John Yancey. “After I hit another terrible drive, a crow would comment with the usual 'Caw, caw, caw.' Only it would sound to me like: 'Haw, haw, haw.' Then I would look up and say: 'Well, I bet you couldn't do any better.'

“Speaking of laughing birds, I was recently listening to a nearby robin voicing a rapid series of staccato notes. This happens frequently in the evening, and I guess it's some sort of territorial warning. But if you listen for it, it can sound like rapid laughter after hearing a particularly funny joke. So it made me wonder what sort of joke would strike a robin as funny.”

So Yancey wrote a bird joke. Here it is.

First robin: “How many sparrows does it take to change a light bulb?”

Second robin: “I don't know, how many?”

First robin: “Sparrows don't have light bulbs, They're too cheap, cheap, cheap. Yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk.”

What would you have done?

A cashier asked me if I wanted to hear an off-color story.

He might have said “joke.” But I think he said “story.”

“What?” I said.

He repeated the question.

Now, this cashier is a person I have dealt with many times. He seems sane. I like to think we enjoy a nice rapport.

I had no reason to suspect that the humor stylings in question would involve anything truly creepy. And I didn't want him to feel like I was judging him harshly for even suggesting it. 

So I said “Sure.”

The joke turned out to be pretty tame. Garden variety dirty-joke stuff. He was reminded of it by one of the food items I was purchasing. I was not offended.

What would you have said if asked if you wanted to hear an off-color joke?

This date in Furry Talk history (2000)

Q: What do you get if you cross an insomniac with an atheist and a dyslexic?

A: Someone who lies awake at night wondering if there is a dog.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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