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Contents (in no particular order)
Actual excerpts from Royal Navy and Marines officer fitness reports:
His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.
I would not breed from this officer.
He has carried out each and every one of his duties to his entire
He would be out of his depth in a car park puddle.
This young lady has delusions of adequacy.
This medical officer has used my ship to carry his genitals from port to
port, and my officers to carry him from bar to bar.
Since my last report he has reached rock bottom, and has started to dig.
She sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
He has the wisdom of youth, and the energy of old age.
Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.
This man is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
Actual lines out of U.S. Military OERs (Officer Efficiency Report):
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn't watching.
A room temperature IQ.
Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.
A prime candidate for natural deselection.
Bright as Alaska in December.
Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.
So dense, light bends around him.
If brains were taxed, he'd get a rebate.
If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.
Was left on the Tilt-A-Whirl a bit too long as a baby.
Wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.
The following were taken from real resumes and cover letters. They were
printed in the July 21, 1997 issue of Fortune Magazine:
I demand a salary commiserate with my extensive experience.
I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0 computor and spreadsheet progroms.
Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.
Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.
Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions.
Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.
It's best for employers that I not work with people.
Lets meet, so you can ooh and aah over my experience.
You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time.
Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.
I was working for my mom until she decided to move.
Marital status: single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No commitments.
I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.
I am loyal to my employer at all costs ... Please feel free to respond to my
resume on my office voice mail.
I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely
My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in
meterology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage.
I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.
As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments.
Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.
Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.
Note: Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as job-hopping. I have never quit
Marital status: often. Children: various.
Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by
8:45 a.m. every morning. Could not work under those conditions.
The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.
Finished eighth in my class of ten.
References: None. I've left a path of destruction behind me.
Things You Learn From the Movies
Large, loft-style apartments in New York City are well within the price range
of most people - whether they are employed or not.
At least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil.
Should you decide to defuse a bomb, don't worry which wire to cut. You will
always choose the right one.
Most laptop computers are powerful enough to override the communications
system of any invading alien society.
It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving
martial arts: your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by
dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their
When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your bedroom will
still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.
If you are blonde and pretty, it is possible to become a world expert on
nuclear fission at the age of 22.
Honest and hard working policemen are traditionally gunned down three days
before their retirement.
Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their arch-enemies
using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gasses,
lasers, and man-eating sharks, which will allow their captives at least 20
minutes to escape.
All beds have special L-shaped cover sheets that reach the armpit level on a
woman but only to waist level on the man lying beside her.
All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
It's easy for anyone to land a plane providing there is someone in the
control tower to talk you down.
Once applied, lipstick will never rub off - even while scuba diving.
You're very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the
mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German or Russian officer, it will
not be necessary to speak the language. A German or Russian accent will do.
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.
A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will
wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before
If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in
their most revealing underwear.
Word processors never display a cursor on screen but will always say: Enter
Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the
steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.
All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts
so you know exactly when they're going to go off.
A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you meet will know all
Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they
are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.
When they are alone, all foreign military officers prefer to speak to each
other in English.
How our GCSE/high school students reinvented history
The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible,
Guinessis, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their
children, Cain, asked, "Am I my brother's son?"
Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread
which is bread without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get
the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they wrote in hydraulics. They
lived in the Sarah Dessert and travelled by Camelot. The climate of the
Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
The Greeks were a highly sculptured people and without them we wouldn't have
history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the biscuits, and
threw the Java.
Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice.
They killed him. Socrates died of an overdose of wedlock. After his death
his career suffered a dramatic decline.
Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name.
Eventually, the Romans conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans
because they never stayed in one place for very long.
Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his subjects by playing the fiddle
Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of
March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying,
he gasped out 'Teehee, Brutus'.
In midevil times most people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the
futile ages was Chaucer who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote
The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born
in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is
famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies and
hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example
of an heroic couplet. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet.
Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey
Hote. John Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote
Another story was William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while
standing on his son's head.
Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of
children. In between he practised on an old spinster which he kept up in his
attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer
in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German half Italian and half
English. He was very large.
Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud
music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for
him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
Gravity was invented by Isaac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the autumn
when apples are falling off trees.
It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented
removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation
of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented
cigarettes and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world
with a 100 foot clipper.
Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. She
was a moral woman who practised virtue. Her death was the final event which
ended her reign.
Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonised by Bernard Shaw. Finally
Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for the same offence.
Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen". As a queen she was a
success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted
During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great
navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships
were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe.
Later, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrim's Progress.
The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people died and many
babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.
One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the English put tacks in their
tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without
stamps. Finally the colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis.
Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congres. Thomas
Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration
of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backwards
and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand.".
Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
Soon the Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure domestic
hostility. Under the constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare
Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in
infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands.
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On
the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theatre and got shot in his
seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assinator
was John Wilkes Booth, a supposedly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltaire
invented electricity and also wrote a book called Candy.
The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened and catapulted into
Napoleon. Napoleon wanted an heir to inherit his power, but since Josephine
was a baroness, she couldn't have any children.
The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions.
People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The
invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus
McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men.
Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist
who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered radio. And Karl
Marx became one of the Marx brothers.
The First World War, caused by the assignation of the Arch-Duck by an anahist,
ushered in a new error in the anals of human history.
The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the
East and the sun sets in the West.
US science test paper comments
This is a list of comments from test papers, essays, etc., submitted to
science and health teachers by elementary, junior high, high school, and
college students. It is truly astonishing what weird science our young
scholars can create under the pressures of time and grades. The spellings are
the original ones.
H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.
To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube.
When you smell an oderless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.
Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin.
Hydrogin is water and gin.
A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.
Liter: A nest of young puppies.
Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat.
Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.
Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.
The pistol of the flower is its only protection against insects.
A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.
To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.
For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower than the heart until the heart stops.
For head colds: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your
Germinate: To become a naturalized German.
The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends to go
towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a
vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
Blood flows down one leg and up the other.
Only in the US legal system...
A Charlotte, North Carolina man, having purchased a case of rare, very
expensive cigars, insured them against... fire.
Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of fabulous cigars, and
having yet to make a single premium payment on the policy, the man filed a
claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the man stated that he had
lost the cigars in "a series of small fires". The insurance company
refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars
in a normal fashion.
The man sued... and won.
In delivering his ruling, the judge stated that since the man held a policy
from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable, and
also guaranteed that it would insure the cigars against fire, without defining
what it considered to be "unacceptable fire", it was obligated to
compensate the insured for his loss. Rather than endure a lengthy and costly
appeal process, the insurance company accepted the judge's ruling and paid the
man $15,000 for the rare cigars he lost in "the fires".
After the man cashed his check, however, the insurance company had him
arrested on 24 counts of arson. With his own insurance claim and testimony
from the previous case being used as evidence against him, the man was
convicted of intentionally burning the rare cigars and sentenced to 24
consecutive one-year terms.
Massachusetts Bar Association
Recently reported in the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal, the
following are questions actually asked of witnesses by attorneys during trials
and, in certain cases, the responses given by insightful witnesses:
"Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he
doesn't know about it until the next morning?"
"The youngest son, the twenty-year old, how old is he?"
"Were you present when your picture was taken?"
"Were you alone or by yourself?"
"Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?"
"Did he kill you?"
"How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?"
"You were there until the time you left, is that true?"
"How many times have you committed suicide?"
Q: "So the date of conception (of the baby) was August
Q: "And what were you doing at that time?"
Q: "She had three children, right?"
Q: "How many were boys?"
Q: "Were there any girls?"
Q: "You say the stairs went down to the
Q: "And these stairs, did they go up also?"
Q: "Mr. Slatery, you went on a rather elaborate
honeymoon, didn't you?"
A: "I went to Europe, Sir."
Q: "And you took your new wife?"
Q: "How was your first marriage terminated?"
A: "By death."
Q: "And by whose death was it terminated?"
Q: "Can you describe the individual?"
A: "He was about medium height and had a
Q: "Was this a male, or a female?"
Q: "Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a
deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?"
A: "No, this is how I dress when I go to work."
Q: "Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on
A: "All my autopsies are performed on dead people."
Q: "All your responses must be oral, OK? What school
did you go to?"
Q: "Do you recall the time that you examined the
A: "The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m."
Q: "And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?"
A: "No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was
doing an autopsy."
Q: "You were not shot in the fracas?"
A: "No, I was shot midway between the fracas and the
Q: "Are you qualified to give a urine sample?"
A: "I have been since early childhood."
Q: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you
check for a pulse?"
Q: "Did you check for blood pressure?"
Q: "Did you check for breathing?"
Q: "So, then it is possible that the patient was alive
when you began the autopsy?"
Q: "How can you be so sure, Doctor?"
A: "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a
Q: "But could the patient have still been alive
A: "It is possible that he could have been alive and
practicing law somewhere."
Physics: food for thought
The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam at the University
"Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a
One student replied:
"You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower
the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the
string plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the
This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was
failed immediately. The student appealed on the grounds that his answer was
indisputably correct, and the university appointed an independent arbiter to
decide the case.
The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any
noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call
the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer
that showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of
For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased in thought.
The arbiter reminded him that time was running out, to which the student
replied that he had several extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up
his mind which to use. On being advised to hurry up the student replied as
"Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper,
drop it over the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The
height of the building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g * t
squared. But bad luck on the barometer."
"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer,
then set it on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the
length of the skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of
proportional arithmetic to work out the height of the skyscraper."
"But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could tie a
short piece of string to the barometer and swing it like a pendulum, first at
ground level and then on the roof of the skyscraper. The height is worked out
by the difference in the gravitational restoring force T = 2 pi sqr root (l /
"Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it would be
easier to walk up it and mark off the height of the skyscraper in barometer
lengths, then add them up."
"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you
could use the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the
skyscraper and on the ground, and convert the difference in millibars into
feet to give the height of the building."
"But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise independence of
mind and apply scientific methods, undoubtedly the best way would be to knock
on the janitor's door and say to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer,
I will give you this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."
The student was Niels Bohr, the only Dane to win the Nobel Prize for Physics.
"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in
a very narrow field."
The wonders of science/physics
An American magazine held a competition, inviting its readers to submit new
scientific theories on ANY subject. Below is the winner:
When a cat is dropped, it always lands on its feet, and when toast is dropped,
it always lands buttered side down. Therefore, if a slice of toast is strapped
to a cat's back, buttered side up, and the animal is then dropped, the two
opposing forces will cause it to hover, spinning inches above the ground.
If enough toast-laden felines were used, they could form the basis of a
high-speed monorail system.
And then this mail arrived from a reader:
I've been thinking about this cat/toast business for a while. In the buttered
toast case, it's the butter that causes it to land buttered side down - it
doesn't have to be toast, the theory works equally well with Jacob's crackers.
So to save money you just miss out the toast - and butter the cats. Also,
there may be an imbalance between the effects of cat and butter, and there
are other substances that have a stronger affinity for carpet.
Probability of carpet impact is determined by the following simple formula:
p = s * t(t)/tc
Where p is the probability of carpet impact, s is the
"stain" value of covering substance - an indicator of the
effectiveness of the toast topping in permanently staining the carpet.
Chicken Tikka Masala, for example, has a very high s value, while the
s value of water is zero. tc and t(t) indicate the tone
of the carpet topping - the value of p being strongly related to the
relationship between the colour of the carpet and topping, as even chicken
tikka masala won't cause a permanent and obvious stain if the carpet is the
So it is obvious that the probability of carpet impact is maximised if you
use chicken tikka masala and a white carpet - in fact this combination gives
a p value of one, which is the same as the probability of a cat
landing on its feet. A cat with chicken tikka masala on its back will be
certain to hover in mid-air.
There could be other problems with buttered toast. The toast may fall off the
cat, causing a terrible monorail crash resulting in images of members of the
royal family visiting accident victims in hospital, and politicians saying it
wouldn't have happened if their party was in power as there would have been
more investment in cat-toast glue research. Therefore it is in the interests
not only of public safety but also public sanity if the buttered toast on
cats idea is scrapped, to be replaced by a monorail powered by cats smeared
with chicken tikka masala floating above a rail made from white shag pile
These are doctors' notes on patients' charts: (Actual notes - unedited!)
Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
On the 2nd day the knee was better and on the 3rd day it disappeared
She has had no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very
hot in bed last night.
The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1993.
The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be
Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
The patient refused an autopsy.
The patient has no past history of suicides.
Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.
Patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a
40 pound weight gain in the past three days.
Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.
Since she can't get pregnant with her husband, I thought you might like to
work her up.
She is numb from her toes down.
While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
The skin was moist and dry.
Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
Patient was alert and unresponsive.
Rectal exam revealed a normal size thyroid. (ouch!)
She stated that she had been constipated for most of her adult life, until
she got a divorce.
I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a
Skin: Somewhat pale but present.
The pelvic examination will be done later on the floor.
Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the
abdomen and I agree.
Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.
Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
A short history of medicine
"Doctor, I have an earache."
2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this
LONDON (Reuters) -- Following the approval of Viagra by the UK's
health authorities, the first shipment arrived yesterday at Heathrow airport,
but was hijacked on the way to the depot. Scotland Yard have warned the public
to be on the lookout for a gang of hardened criminals.
Ruling on European Language
I think that you will be interested to learn that the European Union
Commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English
as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German,
which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's
Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and
has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish
(Euro for short).
In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft
"c". Sertainly, sivil servants will reseive this news with joy, and
keyboards could have one less letter. Also the hard "c" will be
replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but
keyboards kan loose a further letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the
troublesome "ph" will be replased by "f". This will make
words like "fotograf" 20 persent shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to
reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will
enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always been a deterent to
akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent
"e"'s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.
By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing
"th" by "z" and "w" by "v".
During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from words
kontaining "ou", and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer
kombinations of leters.
After ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor
trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
Ze drem vil finali kum tru.
Some English translation errors
In a Tokyo hotel:
Is forbitten to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such
thing is please not to read notis.
In another Japanese hotel room:
Please to bathe inside the tub.
In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that
you will be unbearable.
In a Leipzig elevator:
Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.
In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter
more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is
then going alphabetically by national order.
In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.
In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and
11 A.M. daily.
In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
In a Japanese hotel:
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet
composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.
In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:
Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of
On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
On the menu of a Polish hotel:
Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beat soup with cheesy dumplings in the
form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the
country people's fashion.
In a Hong Kong supermarket:
For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.
Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in
Similarly, from a Soviet weekly:
There will be a Moscow Exibition of Arts by 15,000 Soviet Republic painters
and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.
In an East African newspaper:
A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown
in the bulk of their workers.
In a Vienna hotel:
In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.
A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest:
It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of
different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless
they are married with each other for that purpose.
In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the
bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.
In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.
A translated sentence from a Russian chess book:
A lot of water has been passed under the bridge since this variation has
In a Rome laundry:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
Take one of our horse-driven city tours -- we guarantee no miscarriages.
Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
Would you like to ride on your own ass?
On the faucet in a Finnish washroom:
To stop the drip, turn cock to right.
In the window of a Swedish furrier:
Fur coats made for ladies from their own skin.
On the box of a clockwork toy made in Hong Kong:
Guaranteed to work throughout its useful life.
Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan:
Stop: Drive Sideways.
In a Swiss mountain inn:
Special today -- no ice cream.
In a Bangkok temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.
In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.
In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.
On the door of a Moscow hotel room:
If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.
In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
At a Budapest zoo:
Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to
the guard on duty.
In the office of a Roman doctor:
Specialist in women and other diseases.
In an Acapulco hotel:
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.
In a Tokyo shop:
Our nylons cost more than common, but you'll find they are best in the long
In a Tokyo lift:
In the event of fire guests are requested not to evacuate themselves in the
In a Riyadh hotel:
The management will be irresponsible for any losses.
From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner:
Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please
From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him
melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him
Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:
- English well talking.
- Here speeching American.
Bulwar Lytton contest
"These are the 10 winners of this year's Bulwar Lytton contest, wherein
one writes only the first line of a novel. Held annually by the English
Department at San Jose University."
10) "As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were
ever to break wind in the sound chamber he would never hear the end of it."
9) "Just beyond the Narrows the river widens."
8) "With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have
envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair,
deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied
for competition, and a small straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied
7) "Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his
mind as he crept along the east wall: "Andre creep... Andre creep...
6) "Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge
of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back-alley sex-change
surgeon to become the woman he loved."
5) "Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did
not keep her from eeking out a living at a local pet store."
4) "Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached,
but then penguins often do."
3) "Like an overripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with
cottage cheese, the corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel
2) "Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didn't
know the meaning of the word "fear," a man who could laugh in the
face of danger and spit in the eye of death - in short, a moron with suicidal
And the winner is...
1) "The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside
darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through
the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown
asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside
her, disbelieving the magnitude of the frog's deception, screaming madly,
"Funny you should come to me..."
A Jewish lawyer was troubled by the way his son turned out and went to see his
Rabbi about it. "I brought him up in the faith, gave him a very expensive
barmitzvah, cost me a fortune to educate him. Then he tells me last week he
has decided to be a Christian. Rabbi, where did I go wrong?"
"Funny you should come to me," said the Rabbi. "Like you I too
brought my boy up in the faith, put him through University, cost me a fortune,
then one day he too comes and tells me he has decided to become a
"What did you do?" asked the lawyer.
"I turned to God for the answer", replied the Rabbi. "And what
did He say?" pressed the lawyer.
"God said 'Funny you should come to me...'"
Noah's Arc II
Noah was out for a stroll one day when God made himself known to him.
"Noah!" He boomed, "I want you to make another ark."
"As you wish, my Lord. Shall I make it the same as before?"
"No, not this time," said God, "I'd like you to make it with
several different floors... mmm... let's say ten!"
"As you wish, my Lord. I shall make it ten floors tall, it shall be the
greatest ark ever built. And shall I fill it with all of Your worldly
creations, two by two?"
"No," said God, "I'd like it filled with just one species - I'd
like it filled with my favourite fish, the carp."
"As you wish, my Lord. I will fill it as you desire, but may I ask you
why you require this?"
"Well," replied God, "I've always wanted a multi-storey carp
An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was
attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and
his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow both.
As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, "Oh, my God! Help
At once, the ferocious attack scene froze in place, and as the atheist hung in
mid-air, a booming voice came down from the heavens. "I thought you didn't
believe in Me!"
"Come on, God, give me a break!!" the man pleaded. "Two minutes
ago I didn't believe in the Loch Ness monster either!"
T.G.I.F. - Thank God it's Friday, or maybe not
One day a guy dies and finds himself in hell. As he is wallowing in despair,
he has his first meeting with the devil...
Satan: Why so glum?
Guy: What do you think? I'm in hell!
Satan: Hell's not so bad. We actually have a lot of fun down here.
You a drinking man?
Guy: Sure, I love to drink.
Satan: Well, you're gonna love Mondays then. On Mondays that's all we
do is drink. Whiskey, tequila, Guinness, wine coolers, diet tab and fresca...
we drink till we throw up and then we drink some more! And we don't worry
about getting a hangover, because you're dead anyway.
Guy: Gee, that sounds great!
Satan: You a smoker?
Guy: You better believe it!
Satan: All right! You're gonna love Tuesdays. We get the finest cigars
from all over the world and smoke our lungs out. If you get cancer - no biggie,
you're already dead, remember?
Guy: Wow... that's awesome!
Satan: I bet you like to gamble.
Guy: Why yes, as a matter of fact I do.
Satan: 'Cause Wednesdays you can gamble all you want. Craps,
Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Slots, whatever. If you go bankrupt... you're
dead anyhow. What about drugs?
Guy: Are you kidding? Love drugs! You don't mean...
Satan: That's right! Thursday is drug day. Help yourself to a great
big bowl of crack, or smack. Smoke a doobie the size of a submarine. You can
do all the drugs you want, you're dead, who cares?
Guy: WOW! I never realized Hell was such a cool place!
Satan: You gay?
Satan: Ooooh (grimaces). You're gonna hate Fridays.
Zen Buddhist to hotdog vendor: "Make me one with everything."
Easy guide to political ideologies
Feudalism: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the
Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires
you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.
Pure Communism: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you
take care of them, and you all share the milk.
Applied Communism: You have two cows. You have to take care
of them, but the government takes all the milk.
Dictatorship: You have two cows. The government takes both
and shoots you.
Nigerian Democracy: You have two cows. The government takes
both, shoots you and sends the cows to Zurich.
Militarism: You have two cows. The government takes both and
Pure Democracy: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who
gets the milk.
Singaporean Democracy: You have two cows. The government
fines you for keeping two unlicensed farm animals in an apartment.
Representative Democracy: You have two cows. Your neighbors
pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
American Democracy: The government promises to give you two
cows if you vote for it. After the election, the president is impeached for
speculating in cow futures. The press dubs the affair "Cowgate".
The cows sue you for breach of contract.
British Democracy: You have two cows. You feed them sheep's
brains and they go mad. The government does not do anything.
European Democracy: You have two cows. At first, the
government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then
it pays you not to milk them. After that it takes both, shoots one, milks the
other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out
forms accounting for the missing cows.
Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
Hong Kong Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell three of
them to your publicly-listed company, using letters of credit opened by your
brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with associated
general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for
keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a
Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the
majority shareholder, who sells the right to all seven cows' milk back to the
listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with
an option on one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because of bad feng
Totalitarianism: You have two cows. The government takes them
and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.
Political Correctness: You are associated with (the concept
of 'ownership' is a symbol of the phallocentric, warmongering, intolerant
past) two differently aged (but no less valuable to society) bovines of
Surrealism: You have two giraffes. The government requires
you to take harmonica lessons.
Mutant Marsupials Take Up Arms Against Australian Air Force
The re-use of some object-oriented code has caused tactical headaches for
Australia's armed forces. As virtual reality simulators assume larger roles in
helicopter combat training, programmers have gone to great lengths to increase
the realism of their scenarios, including detailed landscapes and - in the
case of the Northern Territory's Operation Phoenix- herds of kangaroos (since
disturbed animals might well give away a helicopter's position).
The head of the Defense Science & Technology Organization's Land
Operations/Simulation division reportedly instructed developers to model the
local marsupials' movements and reactions to helicopters. Being efficient
programmers, they just re-appropriated some code originally used to model
infantry detachment reactions under the same stimuli, changed the mapped icon
from a soldier to a kangaroo, and increased the figures' speed of movement.
Eager to demonstrate their flying skills for some visiting American pilots,
the hotshot Aussies "buzzed" the virtual kangaroos in low flight
during a simulation. The kangaroos scattered, as predicted, and the visiting
Americans nodded appreciatively... then did a double-take as the kangaroos
reappeared from behind a hill and launched a barrage of Stinger missiles at
the hapless helicopter. (Apparently the programmers had forgotten to remove
that part of the infantry coding.)
Objects are defined with certain attributes, and any new object defined in
terms of an old one inherits all the attributes. The embarrassed programmers
had learned to be careful when reusing object-oriented code, and the Yanks
left with a newfound respect for Australian wildlife.
Simulator supervisors report that pilots from that point onward have strictly
avoided kangaroos, just as they were meant to.
Reportedly from June 15, 1999 Defense Science and Technology Organization
Lecture Series, Melbourne, Australia, and staff reports
"This is the transcript of the actual radio conversation between a US
Naval ship and the Canadians, off the coast of Newfoundland, Oct 95. Radio
conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95."
Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South,
to avoid a collision.
Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the
North, to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15
degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say
again, divert your course.
Canadians: Negative. I say again, You will have to divert
Americans: This is the aircraft carrier US Lincoln. The
second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied by
three destroyers, three cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that
you change your course 15 degrees North, I say again, that's 15 degrees North,
or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.
Canadians: We are a lighthouse. You decide.
From the Montreal Comedy festival
On going to war over religion: "You're basically killing each other to
see who's got the better imaginary friend."
"I found my wife in bed naked one day next to a Vietnamese guy and a
black guy. I took a picture and sent it to Benetton. You never know."
"The Web brings people together because no matter what kind of a twisted
sexual mutant you happen to be, you've got millions of pals out there. Type
in 'Find people that have sex with goats that are on fire' and the computer
will say, 'Specify type of goat.'"
"Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole
"I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it. I said,
"Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you're
"I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in
poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently
doing quite well for themselves."
"Suppose you were an idiot... And suppose you were a member of
Congress... But I repeat myself."
"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would
"See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only
enough blood to run one at a time."
"Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place."
"I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up
"What do people mean when they say the computer went down on them?"
"Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography."
"My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the
lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach
you how to swim.'"
"Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the
only time of the month that I can be myself."
"Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't
like and just give her a house."
"Relationships are hard. It's like a full time job, and we should treat
it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should
give you two weeks' notice. There should be severance pay, and before they
leave you, they should have to find you a temp."
"A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal
skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: Duh."
"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I'm halfway through my
fish burger and I realize, Oh my God... I could be eating a slow
"In elementary school, in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a
single file line from smallest to tallest. What is the logic? Do tall people
Music & musicians
Drums and bodhráns (type of drum used in traditional music)
Q: How do you know when the stage is completely level?
A: The drummer dribbles out of both sides of his mouth.
Q: What's the difference between a drummer and a terrorist?
A: Terrorists have sympathisers.
Q: What's the similarity between a drummer and premature
A: You can see them both coming but you can do nothing
Q: What's the difference between a drummer and a foot spa?
A: One bucks up the feet, the other...
Q: Why is the interval at a gig no longer than 20 minutes?
A: So you don't have to retrain the drummer.
Q: How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: None. They have machines for that these days.
Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?
A: A drummer.
Q: What's the difference between a bodhrán and a
A: You take off your shoes to jump on a trampoline.
Q: What is the definition of a bodhrán?
A: A well-taut goatskin being beat by a poorly taught goat
Q: What's the best way to play a bodhrán?
A: With a penknife.
Q: How do you get a guitarist to play softer?
A: Give him music to read.
Q: How many bass players does it take to change a
A1: None. They let the keyboard player do it with his left
A2: Don't bother. Just leave it out - no one will notice.
A3: One, but the guitarist has to show him first.
A4: Six: one to change it, and the other five to fight off
the lead guitarists who are hogging the light.
Did you hear about the bass player who was so bad that even the lead singer
Q: What's the definition of "waste"?
A: A coach full of banjo players going over a cliff... with
six empty seats.
Q: How would a banjo player in a suit be addressed?
A: "Would the defendant please rise..."
Q: What would you call fifty banjos underwater?
A: A good start.
Definition of a gentleman: someone who can play the accordion, but refrains.
Q: What is the difference between an accordion and an onion?
A: No-one cries when you cut an accordion in half.
Q: What's the difference between an Uzi and an accordion?
A: The Uzi stops after 20 rounds.
Q: What's an accordion good for?
A: Learning how to fold a map.
Q: How do you know when there's a singer at the door?
A: He can't find the key and doesn't know when to come in.
Q: How many folk singers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A1: Three; one to change it and two to reminisce about how
much better things were before everything went electric.
A2: Twenty-eight. One to change the bulb, and 27 to present a
three-hour ballad cycle on the life of the old lightbulb.
Q: What's the difference between a professional folk singer
and a pizza?
A: The pizza can feed the whole family.
Q: What's the difference between musicians and endowment
A: Endowment policies mature and make money.
Q: What's the definition of perfect pitch?
A: Chucking a violin in the toilet without hitting the sides.
Q: What's the difference between a chainsaw and a hurdy
Q: What's the difference between a hurdy gurdy and a
A: Well, the bodhrán is easier to light, but the
hurdy gurdy burns longer.
Q: Why do bagpipe players walk while they play?
A: To get away from the noise.
Q: What do you get when you play New Age music backwards?
A: New Age music.
Q: How do you make a million dollars singing jazz?
A: Start with two million.
Q: How you do turn a duck into a well-known folk-soul singer?
A: Put it in the microwave until its bill withers.
For sale: Viola, German, 19th century, 405mm. Excellent
condition. Recently tuned.
A man is sitting in a bar, minding his own business, when a bloke with a black
dustbin bag sits down next to him, looking furtive.
"What's in the bag?" asks your man.
"Semtex" replies the other.
"Thank God for that. I thought it was a bodhrán!"
Drummer joke: the drummer joke
A guitarist receives a panic phone call from a band one evening. It appears
that their guitarist has broken his arm and they require a stand-in for that
night's gig. He agrees to do the gig and goes to the pub venue in plenty of
time. He buys a drink and waits patiently for the rest of the band to arrive.
Half an hour passes with no sign of the others. He is just starting to get a
bit concerned, when in walks a chap, who buys a drink and sits down at the
table with our guitarist. The two start talking and in conversation the
newcomer turns out to be one of the band. He reassures the guitarist that the
gig isn't due to start for a while and they don't take long to set up.
The two are getting on really well, when the guitarist says "Hey, I heard
this really good drummer joke the other day".
The other chap replies, "Err, before you go on, I think you ought to know
that I'm the drummer".
"Oh, don't worry about that," says the guitarist, "I'll tell it
Drummer joke: a walk along the river
A band suggested to their drummer that he wasn't needed for the rehearsal.
(The others were scoring musical notation for the session orchestra booked to
record later that evening.)
Lead vocalist - band spokesman in other words - suggested that the tubthumper
might like to go for a walk along the river bank. After all, they were paying
a fortune for the studio in its idyllic setting. Shame to waste the available
Drummer sets off. After about half a mile, he spots a chap on the opposite
river bank. "Must be some kind of a drummer too. Well... he's holding a
So our hero calls out a friendly greeting: "Hello there! Tell me: how do
I get to the other side?"
"You are on the other side", comes the reply.
We look forward to your performance at our daughter's wedding. If you don't
mind, we would like to request a few of our favorite songs. If you could play
these at some point during the reception, we'd be grateful:
Any Keith Jarrett composition from his solo series. Please arrange it for full
ensemble and nothing in 4/4 please.
Mahavishnu Orchestra, "Dance of the Maya" and please have the
guitarist play John McLaughlin's solo from the live performance Nov. 16, 1972
at Chrysler Arena. My wife and I were at that show and we particularly liked
his use of polyrhythms. If you find it too difficult you can leave out the
Any of John Coltrane's duets with Pharaoh Sanders. I understand that their use
of atonality is not everyone's cup of tea, but all our guests love high
register tenor saxes.
We thought a little Stravinsky right after the toast would be nice. We
particularly like "The Rite of Spring." If you want to use the
sheet music it's OK. We like a tempo of about 1/4 note = 93.
Then for the candle lighting ceremony, please play Frank Zappa's "The
Grand Wazoo." If you want to play it in the original key of Bb, that
would be fine. And my cousin Jeannie would like to sing the baritone sax solo,
though you may have to play that part in another key - she has kind of a high
When my daughter throws the garter, could you play just a little of Varese's
"Ionization." It's such a funny piece, we think it would go over
real well. Much better than "The Stripper."
And for the Bride & Groom's first dance, please slow things down a bit by
doing Barber's "Adagio For Strings." It's so much better than
"We've Only Just Begun" or the "Anniversary Waltz."
When my wife and I join in the first dance, could you please segue to
Thelonius Monk's "Ruby, My Dear" - it's in honor of my wife's
grandmother whose name was Ruby. It would mean so much to the family.
Thanks very much for all your help. We'll certainly be happy to recommend your
band to all our friends.
By the way, the gig pays $250 for the group, and before you leave, please feel
free to ask the caterer for a sandwich and a soda."
The things people do
So you think you're having a bad day?
The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in
Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved
animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from
onlookers. A minute later, in full view, they were both eaten by a killer
A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a carpenter in
order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After weeks of needling,
he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an ax, leaving her mentally retarded.
In 1992, Frank Perkins of Los Angeles made an attempt on the world
pole-sitting record. Suffering from the flu he came down eight hours short of
the 400 day record. His sponsor had gone bust, his girlfriend had left him
and his phone and electricity had been cut off.
A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically
with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric
kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him
with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places.
Until that moment he had been happily listening to his walkman.
Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs
to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them,
escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless
protesters to death.
Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It
came back with "Return To Sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was
the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits.
Strange but true
A public address system in a church in Berwick is to be replaced to solve
the problem of interference from radios operated by local taxi firms.
During a service at St Andrew's Wallace Green Church of Scotland, the
minister finished the prayers with "Amen". But a message then
boomed from the church speakers to the amazement of the congregation:
"Request understood and will be dealt with promptly."
Puerto Rican traffic policeman Edwin Serrano thought he had heard every
imaginable lie from unlicensed drivers - until he stopped a seven-year-old
joyrider who claimed he was 18. "It's something I don't think I'll ever
see again," he said after stopping the tiny tearaway in a Puerto Rico
suburb. The boy was giving a ride to his four-year-old niece. A neighbour
spotted the pair and called police.
American men admit they spend more time on the internet seeking Christmas
gifts for their bosses than for their wives. Men spend an average three hours
looking for something for the boss that boost their promotion hopes, but only
45 minutes looking for a present for their wives, according to a survey.
Women take 90 minutes to find a present for their pets - 15 minutes more than
they spend on their husband's gift.
Luton Education Authority has won a national "prize" for
gobbledegook language contained in its official publications. The authority
was given the honour by the Plain English Campaign which encourages clarity
in language use. Go-karting lessons were referred to by the authority as
"a multi-agency project catering for holistic diversionary
A man shocked his friends and family by turning up for his own funeral feast
in Kazakhstan. The man, apparently electrocuted while trying to steal power
cables, was given a traditional Moslem burial. But two days later he regained
consciousness and rose naked from the ground. Reports said he would have
arrived earlier for dinner but had trouble flagging down a car to take him
A very wealthy man and his wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant
when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the
husband a big open-mouthed kiss, says she'll see him later and walks away.
His wife glares at him and says, "Who the hell was that??"
"Oh", replies the husband, "she's my mistress."
"Well, that's the last straw", says the wife. "I've had enough.
I'm not putting up with that, I want a divorce."
"I can understand that", replies her husband, "but remember, if
we get a divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more
wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more Mercedes and Lexus
in the garage and no more yacht club. But the decision is yours."
Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his
"Who's that woman with Jim?" asks the wife.
"That's his mistress", says her husband.
"Ours is prettier", she replies.
From the mouths of babes
The wisdom of children
How do you decide who to marry?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports,
she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and
(Alan, age 10)
No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God
decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck
(Kirsten, age 10)
What is the right age to get married?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
(Camille, age 10)
No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.
(Freddie, age 6)
How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the
(Derrick, age 8)
What do you think your mom and dad have in common?
Both don't want any more kids.
(Lori, age 8)
What do most people do on a date?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each
other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
(Lynnette, age 8)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them
interested enough to go for a second date.
(Martin, age 10)
What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?
I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers. And
make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
(Craig, age 9)
When is it okay to kiss someone?
When they're rich.
(Pam, age 7)
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
(Curt, age 7)
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and
have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
(Howard, age 8)
Is it better to be single or married?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to
clean up after them.
(Anita, age 9)
How would the world be different if people didn't get married?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
(Kelvin, age 8)
How would you make a marriage work?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck.
(Ricky, age 10)
Pets & animals
How to give a cat a pill
Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.
Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of the cat's mouth and
gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat
opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and
Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.
Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws
tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with
right forefinger. Hold mouth shut to count of ten.
Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of the wardrobe. Call
spouse from yard.
Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees. Hold front and rear
paws. Ignore growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one
hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub
cat's throat vigorously.
Retrieve cat from curtain rod, get another pill from wrap. Make a note to
buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and
vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing.
Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible
from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with
pencil and blow pill down the drinking straw.
Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans. Drink glass of water
to take taste away. apply BandAid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from
carpet with cold water and soap.
Retrieve cat from neighbour's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard
and close door with head sticking out. Force mouth open with dessert spoon
and flick pill down throat with elastic band.
Get screwdriver and put cupboard door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to
cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away
and get new one from bedroom.
Call the fire department to retrieve cat from tree across the street.
Apologize to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to miss cat in
the road. Take last pill out of wrapper.
Tie cat's front and rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to table leg.
Don heavy-duty pruning gloves. Push pill into mouth and follow with large
piece of steak. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to
wash all down.
Get spouse to drive you to emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor stitches
fingers and forearm and removes remnants of pill from your eye. Call
furniture shop on way home to order new table.
Threaten to arrange for RSPCA to collect cat and check pet store for hamsters.
Give up on pill.
How to give a dog a pill
Wrap it in bacon and give to dog. He swallows.
Little Known Feline Ailments
Having conquered cat 'flu, triumphed over tapeworm and braved behavioural
quirks, it is time to focus attention on some oft-observed, but
little-documented, afflictions of cats.
Symptoms: The affected cat places one side of its head on the ground
as though cheek-marking the concrete, carpet etc. After several such
manoeuvres, the legs on that side of the cat suddenly collapse, leaving the
cat waggling its feet in the air.
Treatment: This involves placing the palm of one hand on the exposed
belly and rubbing gently. There are side-effects though - some feline
sufferers attack the rubbing hand while others recover spontaneously, often
after prolonged treatment. This condition is probably incurable and any cat
which requires prolonged treatment after an attack will most likely suffer
repeated attacks of collapsible legs throughout its lifetime.
Symptoms: The affected cat repeatedly headbutts any available part
of a readily available human and turns its head slightly so that the lips
and cheek are rubbed against legs, arms, clothing etc. This condition gets
its name from a contraction of the phrase "soggy nudging". Snudging
may well be a form of excessive scent-marking. A bad attack can result in
Treatment: Give the sufferer lavish affection. Most attacks subside
between 10 minutes to 1 hour after onset of symptoms. You may need to dry off
snudged clothing or skin. Attacks recur frequently, usually when the most
readily available human is engrossed in a TV program, book or telephone call.
Symptoms: The cat spreads to take up all available free bed space at
night. It then expands a bit more until any human occupants occupy the
smallest possible area of bed. It may do this on top or underneath the covers
or on the pillow. It is highly contagious - any other cats on the bed will
also develop symptoms of bed-hogging.
Treatment: The most obvious solution is to evict the cat from the
bed. If this is morally unfeasible, train yourself not to give way as the cat
expands. Buying a bigger bed is probably pointless as most affected cats can
easily expand to fill standard, queen-sized and king-sized beds. Otherwise,
simply train yourself to sleep while hanging precariously off the side of the
bed. Attacks of bed-hogging have been known to last up to 23 hours (in one
case a 3-day attack was noted by a cat-owner who was confined to bed with
flu; the cat thoughtfully kept her company during this time).
Non-Specific Insect Infestation (also Non-Specific Spider Infestation)
Symptoms: A disorder more prevalent among outdoor-going cats and
cats with access to conservatories and garden rooms. Symptoms range from
minor (the odd greenfly in tail, money-spider on fur) to severe (entire
ecosystems of insects living on cat, spider webs spun between ears/whiskers,
cat so weighed down with spider webs that it has difficulty walking).
Treatment: Minor symptoms can be treated by simply removing the
infesting agent (aphid, ladybug, spider etc) and combing webs out of fur. If
the cat suffers recurrent or severe symptoms an exercise regime is highly
recommended since highly mobile cats appear to attract fewer greenfly
(research into this factor continues).
Symptoms: The cat lowers its nose into water and exhales. This is
followed by whiffling, spluttering, sneezing, snorting, head-shaking and a
generally confused expression. Bath-foam appears to trigger attacks of
fuffling in some cats. It may also be linked to interesting items seen in
the water e.g. goldfish, food-crumbs, greeblingz. Fuffling is most common
during kittenhood although even the quite elderly may suffer an occasional
Treatment: None. Snorkelling apparatus or scuba suits are
possibilities, but cats do not readily accept such treatment. Kittenhood
fuffling generally subsides as the cat grows older, possibly due to some
acquired immunity (or greater common sense).
Irritable Lap Syndrome
Symptoms: The cat appears unable to settle comfortably on laps,
instead treading, kneading, rearranging itself, fidgeting, vocalising,
getting up and turning around, falling off lap and getting back on again,
attacking magazines, needlework, computer keyboard, telephone etc.
Treatment: Immediate treatment is essential. Drop whatever you are
doing (literally if need be) and give 100% attention to the sufferer
otherwise symptoms may escalate and become quite distressing to the
lap-owner. Only prolonged attention will cure an attack of Irritable Lap
Syndrome. Like Collapsible Legs this syndrome is incurable, although attacks
may be effectively treated as and when they occur.
Lap Fungus Disorder
Symptoms: Having taken over a human lap, the cat proceeds to spread
in all planes. This may be accompanied by secondary symptoms such as high
volume purring, dribbling, kneading and snoring. The condition is highly
contagious and several fungoid cats may infest a lap simultaneously.
Treatment: Topical treatment with proprietary anti-fungals is
ineffective. Prompt treatment (as per Irritable Lap Syndrome) is required to
alleviate the worst symptoms although in a number of cats, such treatment
actually aggravates the condition. This disorder manifests itself
periodically through the affected cat's life and there is no long-term cure.
Symptoms: Varied:- sucking at clothing, owner's
earlobes/nose/fingers/skin, drooling, glazed expression. Often accompanied
by kneading and high volume purring.
Treatment: Ultimately incurable. It is possible to remove smurglable
items from around the cat. The ailment may be transmitted to humans in the
form of large laundry bills, mis-shapen clothing and chapped skin.
Symptoms: Random dashes through to helter-skelter running through
house in pursuit of unseen prey. Greeblingz are believed to be non-visible
entities and some authorities have linked them to UFO sightings or feel that
they may be diminutive other-dimensional beings. Cats suffering from
greeblingz typically have wild-eyed expressions. There is a minor danger of
greeblingz attaching themselves to humans; if a cat tackles such greeblingz,
injury to humans may result. A very few cats are naturally immune.
Treatment: None known. Anti-epileptics are ineffective as the
condition appears unrelated to other forms of seizure. Avoid getting in the
way of a cat engaged in greebling hunting. Attacks usually subside
spontaneously, perhaps as greeblingz return to their own dimension. These
irritating creatures are not visible to human eyes, but no doubt the superior
sight and hearing of cats enables them to see them.
The Lonely Frog
A lonely frog telephones the Psychic Hotline and asks what his future holds.
His Personal Psychic Advisor tells him: "You are going to meet a
beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you."
The frog is thrilled. "This is great! Will I meet her at a party?"
"No," says the psychic, "in biology class."
Wise Words of Wisdom (sic)
Save the whales, collect the whole set.
A day without sunshine is like, night.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
I just got lost in thoughts, it was unfamiliar territory.
42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
I feel I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then
used against you.
I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
Honk if you love peace and quiet.
Remember half of the people you know are below average.
Nothing is fool-proof to a talented fool.
Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
I intend to live forever - so far so good.
Borrow money from a pessimist - they don't expect it back.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Mind like a steel trap - rusty and illegal in most states.
Quantum mechanics: the dreams stuff is made of.
If you have lost something, it will be in the last place you look for it.
If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have
more than one child?
If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people get
married more than once?
If your feet smell and your nose runs, you have been made upside-down.
Everything you like is bad for you in some way.
If a job is worth doing, then get someone in to do it properly.
Don't drink and drive, you might spill it.
If you are not to drink and drive, why do you need a driver's license to buy
The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.
Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane and going the
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
A conclusion is the place you got tired of thinking.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.
Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
Success always occurs in private and failure in full view.
The colder the X-ray table the more of your body is required on it.
The hardness of butter is directly proportional to the softness of the bread.
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.
Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
Two wrongs are only the beginning.
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
The sooner you fall behind the more time you'll have to catch up.
A clear conscience is usually a sign of bad memory.
Change is inevitable except from vending machines.
Get a new car for your spouse - it'll be a great trade!
Plan to be spontaneous - tomorrow.
Always be modest and be proud of it!
If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments on your car.
How many of you believe in telekinesis? Raise my hand.
Love may be blind but marriage is a real eye-opener.
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving isn't for you.
Computer Bumper Stickers We'd Like to See (maybe)
BREAKFAST.COM Halted... Cereal Port Not Responding
<-------- The information went data way -------->
The name is Baud... James Baud.
BUFFERS=20 FILES=15 2nd down, 4th quarter, 5 yards to go!
Access denied -- nah nah na nah nah!
C:V> Bad command or file name! Go stand in the corner.
Southern DOS: Y'all reckon? (Yep/Nope)
Backups? We don' *NEED* no steenking backups.
E Pluribus Modem
File not found. Should I fake it? (Y/N)
Ethernet (n): something used to catch the etherbunny
CONGRESS.SYS Corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?
11th commandment - Covet not thy neighbor's Pentium.
Windows: Just another pane in the glass.
SENILE.COM found . . . Out Of Memory . . .
RAM disk is *not* an installation procedure.
Smash forehead on keyboard to continue...
COFFEE.EXE Missing - Insert Cup and Press Any Key
ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI!
E-mail returned to sender -- insufficient voltage.
Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue.
"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates, 1981
Press any key... no, no, no, NOT THAT ONE!
Press any key to continue or any other key to quit...
REALITY.SYS corrupted: Reboot universe? (Y/N/Q)
Error reading FAT record: Try the SKINNY one? (Y/N)
Hit any user to continue.
Disk Full - Press F1 to belch.
Backup not found: (A)bort (R)etry (P)anic
(A)bort, (R)etry, (G)et a beer?
About those reindeer...
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and game, while both male and
female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year (the only members of the
deer family, Cervidae, to have females do so), male reindeer drop their
antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December.
Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.
Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer,
every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen... had to be a girl. We
should've known. Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet
suit all around the world in one night, and not get lost.
Good King Wenceslas cooked out...
Good King Wenceslas phoned Pizza Hut with his order.
"Is that the usual?", the man asked.
"Yes, deep pan, crisp and even..."
A Friendly Word
A Southerner up north sees a pub sign which says "A pint, a pie and a
He thinks "Great! Northern hospitality at its best!" So he goes in
and orders exactly as the sign says, a pint, a pie, and a friendly word. The
landlord simply nods, goes away and gets him the beer and the food.
"Well, that's the pint and the pie," says the traveller, "but
what about the friendly word?"
"Oh yes; don't eat the pie."