National Humor Month Funny Short Joke Number Nine

National Humor Month Funny Short Joke Number Nine

Let’s see if I can hook you with the punch line to this charming, innocent, endearing little story. It is rated ‘G’ so you can share it with the little ones. But first, here is your riddle for the day. Betcha the kids will be able to answer it before you do. See the correct answer at the end of this hub.

Riddle. What three letters continue this series? o t t f f s s _ _ _

Funny Joke Number Nine

Let me set the scene: it’s nine o’clock at night and the phone rings. A little boy, five years old, answers it in a soft, childish voice. ‘Hello.’

The adult voice on the other end of the phone says, ‘Hello, may I please speak to your mother?’

‘No, you can’t, my Mommy is busy.’

‘Then may I speak to your father?’

‘No, my Daddy is busy, too.’

‘Well, is anybody else there that I can speak to?’

‘My grandma, Nana, and my grandpa, Pop-Pop.’

‘May I speak to them?’

‘No, they are busy, too.’

‘Is anyone else there?’

‘Two policemans.’

‘Can I speak to them?’

‘No, they are busy.’

‘Okay. Is anybody else there?’

‘Yes, the firemans.’

‘Can I speak to them?’

‘No, they are busy.’

‘So, let me make sure I understand. Your mother, your father, your grandmother, your grandfather, the police, and the firemen are all there, but they are all busy? What in the name of God are they doing?’

The angelic little boy responds, ‘Looking for me!’

Funny Quote

"Nobody goes where the crowds are anymore. It's too crowded." – Yogi Berra

Answer to Riddle: the three letters are ‘e n t for eight, nine, ten. Go back and look at the riddle again.

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

Hilarious Quotes by Yogi Berra

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Comments for National Humor Month Funny Short Joke Number Nine 44 comments

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Your riddle is great -- glad you posted the answer because I would have been up all night trying to figure it out! Love the joke. I am sure some parents can relate to this little boy's antics.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Cute story! I also am glad you posted the answer to the riddle as I didn't figure it out on my home. Up and funny

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Like that riddle, wonder what that says, the wee ones getting it better than the big folk. And the short joke, does that one ever bring up memories of wandering away from home as a 5 year old and having mom, dad, the policemen and probably firemen very busy that day!

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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That kid reminds me of the one in the story by O Henry, I think it was, where these bad guys kidnapped a little boy, but he made their lives such a misery that they begged his parents to take him back and they refused to.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Did the boy perhaps say why everybody was looking for him? I wonder what mischief the little bugger has committed? Lol!

Little boys and little devils are synonyms, just like big boys and big devils....

Okay, there are a few exceptions...

Voted up and funny, as always :)

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Funny..That's my kind of kid. I am glad you gave us the answer to the riddle, never in a million years would i have gotten it. I like Yogi's quotes, they are hilarious. Great fun..Thank you..

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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

You've really d‘e n t’ed my pride drbj, telling me that a child could solve the riddle before I could. Maybe that wee boy could teach me a thing or two about avoiding authority - and the fire brigade.

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Very funny! However, the fact that I didn't figure out the riddle is not funny at all. Oh well..voted up and funny.

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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Another funny one, Dr. BJ! National Humor Month should be every month! Voted up, up and away!

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femmeflashpoint 4 years ago


I love brainy five-year-olds with a quirky sense of humor. :-)

femme profile image 4 years ago

classic stuff dfbj the immobile phone cartoon - when I saw that I knew I was in for a good time - the Yogi Berri vid- I loved 'I made the wrong mistake!'

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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

Haha...he took the phone into hiding with him? :)

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, teaches. Happy you enjoyed the riddle and didn't have to stay up all night to figure it out. Would never do that to you. Thanks for loving the joke. Would not be surprised if many families have a kid like this little 'angel.'

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela. I think the riddle is deceiving because it looks so simple at first and then becomes mind numbing. Thank you, m'dear, for the Up and funny.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I think, Alastar, that adults look for hidden meanings and children just look at the facts when solving riddles like this one. Happy you liked it.

So you had wanderlust when you were only five? I should have named the kid after you. Heh, heh.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I remember that O. Henry story, christopher, it's called "The Ransom of Red Chief,' and is one of the most popular short stories he ever wrote. As I recall, the kidnappers wanted to pay the parents to take the kid back. Funny, funny tale. Thanks for reminding me of the similarity.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie, whatever crime the angelic (?) little boy may have committed may be the basis for another joke. Who knows? Little boys do seem to be more devilish than little girls.

Case in point: my middle son when very young painted the Z sign for Zorro on the walls inside a neighbor's garage. Why? Because there was paint there. And Zorro was a hero at the time. Thanks for the Up and funny, m'luv.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I kinda like this lil devil, too, Ruby. He does have a sense of humor! Regarding the riddle, I would never want readers to suffer from riddle-itis, so I always include an answer. Sometimes, even the correct answer. Heh, heh.

Yogi and his hilarious quotes have always been among my favorites. Delighted to see you appreciate them, too. And you are most welcome.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

D'ent'ed your pride, amillar. You are the clever one. Don't fret if there was any difficulty solving this riddle. Kids are smarter than their parents these days. Look at what a mess adults are making with the current U.S. administration! 14 trillion dollars in debt! Mind boggling.

As for the fire brigade - give them the right of way and you'll be fine. Promise.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Not important, dear bp, if the riddlle's answer eluded you. Since you are a brilliant political analyst, such mundane things as riddles are of little account. Trust me. But thanks for the Up and funny regardless.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hey, Dex, if I had my way, every month would be National Humor Month. Laughter is good for the soul. Thank you for the funny and the Up, up and away. Wasn't that a song title in the Pleistocene Age?

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, Angelia, I also love quirky five-year olds with a sense of humore. Even had a few of them myself, heh, heh. Fortunately, they did NOT grow out of it.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I like the phone cartoon, too, pd, it does send a message. Delighted you had a good time with this joke and it seems we both love Yogi's hilarious quotes. Thanks for finding him here.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Of course, Feline, he had the phone with him. It was an immobile phone, you know, with a very long cord. Heh, heh. Do appreciate your presence, m'dear.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I didn't even try to do the riddle...I looked at the letters and went ??? Good riddle though and cute story too :)

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I can always count on you and your Hubs to brighten my day. I would never have solved the riddle, loved the video, and the joke about the little boy, though. See ya....

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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I thought the joke was cute, and it took me a while but I'm proud to say, I got the riddle. I think I heard it before somewhere.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Susan. Told ya. I''ve discovered that particular riddle is more difficult for adults than children. Maybe kids are more concrete in their thinking and we think more abstractly. Delighted you like it and the funny story.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, mary, isn't it nice to have something predictable every day (so far) in your life even if it's only a daily joke and riddle and quote and video? Delighted to brighten your day, m'luv. See ya, too.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Paradise. whether you heard it before or not, it is a worthy achievement to have solved that riddle. And cute is the perfect word for the joke. Congrats.

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This story is funny and cute, drbj, although I doubt whether the adults would think it was cute if it happened in real life! Thanks for the riddle, too. I'm going to give it to my students tomorrow!

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia

Once again I clicked the 'useful' button, but somebody else beat me to it this time :) Nevertheless, this was useful as well as very funny :)

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Alicia, delighted you enjoyed this funny story. You are absolutely correct - it would not be funny at all in real life. Glad you enjoyed the riddle, too. How did your students do?

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, nemanjaboskov, for finding this very funny as I did. But the 'useful' button? What did you have in mind? As a lesson? An example? Or simply to re-tell it?

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia

Probably all of it, drbj :)

I think that humor in general is extremely useful, so this is why I tend to hit the 'useful' button often when someone manages to make me laugh :)

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

That is a very intelligent and wise answer, my friend. Particularly, since I believe laughter is as necessary as food and drink. Thanks for answering my query.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Drbj - that was great! I thought the joke was funny and then I really had to go back up and - AH! Ya got me! I did not guess the additional letters at all:) I did finally get it - man I'm slow in the morning - maybe you have a cure for that doc:)

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for enjoying this endearing little joke, Kelly. Don't lose any sleep over not guessing the additional letters. Kids usually do. Adults usually don't. And I do have a cure for anyone who may be slow in the morning. The cure? Simple! Stay in bed until noon.

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Thanks for adding humor to my day. Joke number 9 made me LOL because it's just the kind of thing a young child might say.

I always love talking to young children because they say exactly what's on their minds without sensoring anything.

Thanks for sharing this. I voted it up, funny and interesting.

BTW: You were right, my adult brain didn't solve the riddle even though the answer seemed obvious after you stated what it was.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

What a pleasure to find you here, happyboomernurse. It's my pleasure to add humor to your day. You are so right about the things kids say. They speak what is on their minds or in their hearts without the adult worry of being PC. Thank you for sharing, pushing the buttons and the Up.

And it is funny how obvious the answer to the riddle is after we solve it. Maybe as adults we are trying too hard and looking for esoteric meanings in what is essentially very simple.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

What an angelic little devil that boy was. I love the riddle.

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Right on, KK Gals, that little boy was an angelic devil and a born comedian. I think he may have grown up to be Robin Williams. :) Thanks for stopping by and loving one of my favorite riddles.

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PegCole17 15 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Had to think on that riddle, Drbj, and couldn't figure it out. Thanks for the answer. Good one! I've always loved the wisdom and humor of Yogi Berra. Very funny story about the little boy, too. Reminded me of some of the antics my son pulled years ago.

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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

Do not chasten yourself about that riddle, Peg. Kids seem to figure it out much more quickly than adults. Just goes to prove that you are a genuine grown-up.

Yogi Berra has always been one of my favorite 'philosophers.' Thanks for the visit and enjoying the story. Your son must have been a 'cutie' growing up. But we wouldn't have it any other way. Right?

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