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National Humor Month Funny Short Joke Number Eight

Updated on June 25, 2012

This is Martha. She should have taken swimming lessons from Esther.

National Humor Month Funny Short Joke Number Eight

Funny jokes are often based on what we call ‘lateral thinking.’ A good joke will take you down a path that suddenly takes a sharp turn at the punch line. That is what makes the joke so funny. A good riddle can have a similar effect – it sharpens your intellect. See if these two riddles do that for you:

1) David's father has four sons: Eeney, Meeney, Miney and _____

2) What is the greatest worldwide use of cowhide? ____________

Write your two answers on a piece of paper and then check the correct answers below at the end of the funny short joke.

Funny Joke Number Eight

George and Martha were both patients in a private mental hospital. They had been institutionalized five years ago and had become close friends. Their principal enjoyment was to take long walks through the hospital grounds.

One day as they both walked beside the swimming pool, Martha suddenly jumped into the deep end and sank quickly to the bottom. She had never learned to swim. Without any thought for his own safety, George immediately jumped in after her, brought her to the surface, hauled her out, administered CPR, and saved her life.

The next day happened to be George's annual review. He was brought before the hospital review board, where the director told him, "George, I have some good news and some bad news for you.

The good news is that because of your heroic and selfless act yesterday in rescuing Martha, the board has decided that you are now mentally competent, and can be released from this institution back into society.”

“The bad news is … I'm so sorry to have to tell you … that Martha, the patient you saved, shortly afterwards hung herself in the bathroom with the belt from her bathrobe. By the time she was discovered, it was too late. She could not be resuscitated. Martha is dead."

"Martha didn't hang herself," George replied, "I put her there to dry."

Funny Quote

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work … I want to achieve it through not dying.” – Woody Allen

Answers to Riddles:

1) Did you answer ‘Moe’ ? Read it again. The correct answer is ‘David’ .

2) Did you answer some sort of leather product? The answer is ‘cowhide’ – to hold cows together.

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

Esther Williams - Mermaid of the Movies


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