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From time to time a bit of humor shows up in my mail box or other places. Since most of this web site tends toward the serious side, I decided to set aside a page for some comic relief.

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His Favorite Cookies

From: Sr. Gael 
... via Bob Lewis 

An elderly Italian man lay dying in his bed. While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite Italian anisette sprinkle cookies wafting up the stairs. 

Gathering his remaining strength, he lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs. With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Where if not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there, spread out upon waxed paper on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite anisette sprinkled cookies. 

Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted Italian wife of sixty years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man ? 

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees in a crumpled posture. His parched lips parted, the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth, seemingly bringing him back to life. The aged and withered hand trembled on its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.....  "Back off!" she said, "They're for the funeral.". 

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Shared by Frank Schober

I generally try to stay away from derogatory humor. However, I do admire the way the British have for words. Their mastery of the language and it's nuances is commendable. djp

In Paris, France: 
The train was very crowded, so the U.S. Marine walked the length of the train looking for an empty seat. The only unoccupied seat was directly adjacent to a well dressed middle-aged French lady and was being used by her little dog. 

The war-weary Marine asked, "please ma'am, may I sit in that seat?" The French lady looked down her nose at the Marine, sniffed and said, "You Americans. You are such a rude class of people. Can't you see my little Fifi is using that seat?" 

The Marine walked away, determined to find a place to rest, but after another trip down to the end of the train, found himself again facing the woman with the dog. 

Again he asked, "Please lady. May I sit there? I'm very tired." The French woman wrinkled her nose and snorted, "You Americans! Not only are you rude, you are also arrogant. Imagine!" 

The Marine didn't say anything else. He leaned over, picked up the little dog, tossed it out the window and sat down in the empty seat. 

The woman shrieked and yelled and demanded that someone defend her and chastise the Marine.

 An English gentleman sitting across the aisle spoke up. "You know sir, you Americans do seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing. You eat holding the fork in the wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road. And now, sir, you've thrown the wrong bitch out of the window!"

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Test for Dementia ....From Bob Lewis

 Exersise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, It's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying; "If you don't use it, you will lose it," also applies to the brain, so.....Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence. Take the following test and determine if you are losing it or are still " with it" 

OK, relax, clear your mind and... begin. 
1. What do you put in a toaster? 

Answer: "Bread." if you said "toast," then give up now and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said," bread," go to question 2. 

2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink? 

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," please do not attempt the next question. Your brain is obviously over stressed and may even overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with reading something more appropriate, such as Children's World. If you said "water," proceed to question 3. 

3. If a red house is made from red bricks, and a blue house is made from blue bricks, and a pink house is made from pink bricks, and a black house is made from black bricks, What is a green house made from? 

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said, "green bricks," What the devil are you still doing reading these questions? If you said, "glass," then go on to question 4. 

4. Twenty years ago, a plane was flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, Two of the engines failed. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure.... Unfortunately the third engine fails before he has time to attempt an emergency landing, and the plane crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany or West Germany or in "no man's land" ? 

Answer: You don't, of course, bury the survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated. 

If you said," Don't bury the survivors," proceed to the next question. 

5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60 of a degree every minute, how many degrees will an hour hand move in one hour? 

Answer: One degree. If you said," 360 degrees" or anything other than "one degree," You are to be congratulated on getting this far, but you are obviously out of your league. Turn in your pencil, and exit the room. 

Everyone else proceed to the final question. 

6. Without using a calculator -- You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus, and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people ger on. In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver? 

Answer: Oh, for crying out loud! Don't you remember? It was YOU!!! 

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A teenager climbs on a city bus, the kid has spiked hair colored green, yellow, and orange. His clothing is a tattered mix of rags, and his legs are partially bare and he has no shoes on. His entire face and body are riddled with piercing jewelry and his earrings are big, bright yellow, and adorned with colored feathers. 

The young fellow sits down in a vacant seat, which happens to be directly across the aisle from an old man, who stares at the kid for the next ten miles. 

Finally, the self-conscious kid yells out, What are you looking at old man? Didn't you ever do anything wild when you were young?" Without so much as blinking, the old man replies, "Well, yes, I did. Back when I was very young and in the Navy, I got really drunk in Singapore and had sex with a parrot. I've been sitting here thinking that you might be my son." 

Plan as if you'll live forever, live as if you die tomorrow

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How smart are you??? 

Are you the weakest link? Below are four (4) questions. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately. OK? Let's find out just how clever you really are. 



1st Question: 

You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in? 


If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second! 

Try not to screw up in the next question. 

To answer the second question, don't take as much time as you took for the first question. 

2nd Question: 

If you overtake the last person, then you are...? 


If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?! 

You're not very good at this are you? 

3rd Question: 

Very tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it. 

Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 
1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total? 

Scroll down for answer. 

Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. 

Don't believe it? Check with your calculator! Today is definitely not your day. Maybe you will get the last question right? 

4th Question: 

Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter? 

Answer: Nunu? 

NO! Of course not. Her name is Mary. Read the question again 

Sent by Bob Lewis

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On the first day God created the dog. God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give you back the other ten." So God agreed. 

On the second day, God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks, make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?" And God agreed. 

On the third day, God created the cow. God said, "You must go to the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years." The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. Let me have twenty and I'll give back the other forty." And God agreed again. 

On the forth day God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. I'll give you twenty years." Man said, "What? Only twenty years! Tell you what, I'll take my twenty, and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the monkey gave back and the ten the dog gave back, that makes eighty, okay?" "Okay," said God, "You've got a deal." 

So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves; for the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family; for the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren; and for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone. 

Life has now been explained to you.

This was shared by Bob Lewis

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Pecans in the Cemetery 

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me," said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. 

Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me." He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. 

Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. "Come here quick," said the boy, "you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls." The man said, "Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk." When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me..." 

The old man whispered, "Boy, you've been tellin' the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord." Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord. 

At last they heard, "One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done."

 They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the boy on the bike. 

Shared by Leo Aubin 

I recently found Leo as a result of our being assigned to the USS Gyatt way back when ... We had signed the guest book on the Gyatt reunion web site.

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Wise Investments 

Investment tips for 2004.... for all of you with any money left In the wake of the Exxon/Mobile deal and the AOL/TimeWarner implode be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks. Watch for these consolidations in 2004: 

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R.Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace. 

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and become: Poly, Warner Cracker. 

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and issue forth as: MMMGood. 

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa. 

5. FedEx is expected to join its major competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP. 

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell Honeychild. 

7.! Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: Poupon Pants. 

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become: Knott NOW! 

That's all for now.....invest wisely! 

Shared by Alex Kapocius 

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 To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our  own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or is something  to make you chuckle.
 Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"
 "Don't what?" Adam replied.
 "Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.
 "Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve...we have forbidden fruit!!!!!"
 "No Way!"
 "Yes way!"
 "Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.
 "Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
 "Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked.
 "Uh huh," Adam replied.
 "Then why did you?" said the Father.
 "I don't know," said Eve.
 "She started it!" Adam said
 "Did not!"
 "Did too!"
 Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
 1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and
 shut up.

 2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
 3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
 4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
 5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
 6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
 ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.


Contributed by Alex Kapocius 


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Want to test your IQ ?? Try the question below...

There is a mute who wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing one's teeth, he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

Now if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of sunglasses, how should he express himself?

Think about it first before then highlight the grey box for the answer.......

He just has to open his mouth and ask, so simple.

Now highlight the next box.
If you got this wrong...please go dig a hole and hide in it.  



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During what season did Adam and Eve eat the apple?

For the answer, highlight the the grey box..

  Early in the fall. 

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If Autos were like Computers

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. 

At a computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon".

        In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day. 

  2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car. 

  3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and! reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this. 

  4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine. 

  5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive -- but would run on only five percent of the roads. T

  6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light. 

  7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying. 

  8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna. 

  9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 

  10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

Note from Grandpa Don:
The GM spokesman is, however, obviously too young to know of the early automobiles that needed to be cranked to start, had kerosene headlights, manual transmissions, open passenger compartments, no heat or air conditioning, no windshield wipers or rear view mirrors. Wooden blocks were kept in the car so you could jump out and place them at the wheels to prevent the car from rolling back down the hill when it stalled on the way up. There were no windows to keep out the rain or snow. The driver signaled when he was about to turn or stop by using his left arm. Tires were solid hard rubber at first and later the inflated tires used inner-tubes which often went flat. You carried a "patch" kit and hand pump to fix them. 

Automobiles have improved but it took time. So will computers. (If we live that long.)

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  1. How long did the Hundred Years War last?

  2. Which country makes Panama hats?

  3. From which animal do we get catgut?

  4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

  5. What is a camel's hair brush made of?

  6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

  7. What was King George VI's first name?

  8. What color is a purple finch?

  9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

  10. What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? 

All done?  ... To check your answers click here.

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Fun with Numbers

Shared by 
Alex Kapocius

How this works I have no idea

  1. Key-in the first 3 digits of your phone number into the calculator (not the area code) 

  2. Multiply by 80 

  3. Add 1 

  4. Multiply by 250 

  5. Plus last four digit of phone number 

  6. Plus last four digit of phone number again 

  7. Minus 250 

  8. Divide by 2 

Recognize the result?

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In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship. It was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common. It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a byproduct is methane gas.

As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T," (Ship High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word. Neither did I.

I always thought it was a golf term.

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Another Virus Detected

Sent by
Alex Kapocius

At first I was going to put this on the "Computer" page but ...


Supposedly started by a C programmer who interestingly enough comes from the West Nile region. Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.


1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail.

3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person.

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.

6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished.

7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND."

8. It appears to mostly affect those who were born prior to 1970

9. It is called the "C-Nile Virus."

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God's Diet Plan

Shared by Pat Bennet

... And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?" And Man said, "Super size them." And Man gained pounds.

And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair.

And Satan froze the yogurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly colored sprinkle candy to put on the yogurt. And woman gained pounds.

And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."

And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And woman gained pounds.

And God said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."

And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak from Cracker Barrel so big it needed its own platter And Man gained pounds, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.

And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained pounds.

And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil." And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.....


Oh YES!, I've been there & done that. ... Including the quad by-pass. But it does demonstrate the forgiving nature of God, ... no matter how much we screw up!


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Healthy Eating

Shared by Alex K

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on Nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans

4. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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Pass this along to your friends.

For those getting along in years, here is a little secret for building arm and shoulder muscles. Three days a week works well.

Begin by standing outside behind the house, and with a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand... extend your arms straight out to your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

After a few weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks and then 50-lb. potato sacks, and finally get to where you can lift a 100 lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

Next...start putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but be careful not to overdo it.

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Sent by Pat Bennet


Dear Lord, 

I pray for:

Wisdom; to understand my man

Love; to forgive him

Patience; for his moods

Because Lord,

 if I pray for Strength

I would use it to beat him to death



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More ... Kids Are Funny

From Alex K

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While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about six years old.  Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?"  "Yes," I answered and continued writing the report.  "My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the  police.  Is that right?"  "Yes, that's right," I told her.  "Well, then," she said as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please tie my shoe?"

It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station.  As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me.  "Is that a dog you got back there?"  he asked.  "It sure is," I replied.  Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van.  Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my four-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds.  

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She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass.  As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered,  "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

A little girl had just finished her first week of school.  "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother.  "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"

A little boy opened the big family bible.  He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages.  Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible.  He  picked up the object and looked at it.  What he saw was an old leaf that  had been pressed in between the pages.  "Mama, look what I found", the boy  called out.  "What have you got there, dear"?  With astonishment in the  young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear.


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Kids Are Funny

Sent by Alex K

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I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved.  She was stark naked!  As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my five-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom!  That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet.  So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage.  Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush.  He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago'."


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On the first day of school, a first grader handed his teacher a note from his mother.  The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

A woman was trying hard to get the catsup to come out of the jar.  During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her four-year old daughter to answer the phone.  "It's the minister, Mommy," the child said to her mother.  Then she added, "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now.  She's hitting the bottle."

A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room.  When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover.  The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

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Talking Dog for Sale 

Sent by Alex K

(Continued from left)

 In Tennessee, a guy sees a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog for Sale." He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a black mutt just sitting there.

 "You talk?" he asks. 

"Yep," the mutt replies. 

"So, what's your story?" 

The mutt looks up and says, "Well, I discovered this gift pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running. 

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The jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger and I wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings there and was awarded a batch of medals. 

Had a wife, a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired." 

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. 

The owner says, "Ten dollars." 

The guy says, "This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?" 

The owner replies, "He's such a liar. He didn't do any of that stuff ."

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For all you cat lovers......... 

Sent by Pat Bennet

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Part I. 
How to give a cat a pill.

(1) Pick cat up, cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of 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.

(2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

(3) Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw away soggy pill.

(4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding near paws tightly with left hand.      Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten. 

(5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

(6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees; hold front and rear paws.  Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get helper to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into  mouth.  Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

(7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail and get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

(8) 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 down drinking straw.

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(9) Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans.  Drink glass of water to take taste away.  Apply Band Aid to helper's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

(10) Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed and get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door on neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

(11) Fetch screwdriver from garage 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 fetch new one from bedroom.

(12) Ring fire department to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

(13) Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table.  Get heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth, followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

(14) Get someone to drive you to the emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

(15) Arrange for Humane Society to collect cat. Ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

Part 2.  
How to give a dog a pill.

(1) Wrap it in bacon and toss it into the air.

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A Shaggy Chicken Story

Sent by Alex K

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Zebediah was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers, called pullets, and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs. 

Zeb kept records, and any rooster that didn't perform well went into the soup pot and was replaced. That took an awful lot of Zeb's time; so, Zeb got a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so that Zeb could tell, from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells. 

Zeb's favorite rooster was old Brewster. A very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning, Zeb noticed that Brewster's bell had not rung at all!! 

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Zeb went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells a-ringing! The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. BUT, to Zeb's amazement, Brewster had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. 

Zeb was so proud of Brewster that he entered him in the county fair. Brewster was an overnight sensation! Are you ready to hear what he won? 


The judges not only awarded him the No Bell Piece Prize but also the Pulletsurprise.


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Sent by Ron Hartman

Hope your holidays were extra special. I enjoyed these riddles.. Some I had heard before and almost didn't read them....but, there are some new ones mixed in between. ENJOY! 

1. How Do You Catch A Unique Rabbit?    

 2. How Do You Catch A Tame Rabbit?  Tame Way, Unique Up On It. 

 3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest?  They Take The Psycho Path. 

 4. How Do You Get Holy Water?  You Boil The Hell Out Of It. 

 5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit A Concrete Wall?  Dam! 

 6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?  Polaroids 

 7. What Do You Call A Boomerang That Doesn't work?  A Stick. 

 8. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours?  Nacho Cheese. 

 9. What Do You Call Santa's Helpers?  Subordinate Clauses. 

 10. What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand?  Quatro Sinko. 

 11. What Do You Get From A Pampered Cow?  Spoiled Milk. 

 12. What Do You Get When You Cross A Snowman With A Vampire?  Frostbite. 

 13. What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And Twitches?  A Nervous Wreck. 

 14. What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup?  Anyone Can Roast Beef! 

 15. Where Do You Find A Dog With No Legs?  Right Where You Left Him. 

 16. Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils?  Because They Have Big Fingers. 

 17. Why Don't Blind People Like To Sky Dive?  Because It Scares The Dog. 

 18. What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic?  Sanka. 

 19. What Is The Difference Between A Harley And A Hoover?  The Location Of The Dirt Bag. 

 20. Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Always Fall Down?  Because They Wore Their Belt Buckle On Their Hat. 

 21. What's The Difference Between A Bad Golfer And A Bad Skydiver?  A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack, Dang!  A Bad Skydiver Goes Dang! Whack. 

 22. How Are A Texas Tornado And A Tennessee Divorce The Same?  Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer..... 

 Now, admit it. At least one of these made you smile! Have a great day! 

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Life's Reflections  

  1. Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.

  2. I'm not into working out. My philosophy is no pain, no pain.

  3. I'm in shape. Round is a shape.

  4. I'm desperately trying to figure out why Kamikaze pilots wore helmets.

  5. Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?

  6. I've always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.

  7. Ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you, but when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window?

  8. Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?

  9. You have to stay in shape. My mother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we have no idea where she is.

  10. I have six locks on my door, all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three of them.

  11. One out of every three people is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of two of your best friends. If they are OK, then it must be you.

  12. They show you how detergents take out bloodstains. I think if you've got a T-shirt with bloodstains all over it, maybe your laundry isn't your biggest problem.

  13. A lady came up to me on the street, pointed at my suede jacket and said, "Don't you know a cow was murdered for that jacket?" I said, "I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too."

  14. Future historians will be able to study at the Jimmy Carter Library, the Gerald Ford Library, the Ronald Reagan library, and the Bill Clinton Adult Bookstore.


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Navajo Wisdom

From Ron Hartman

The Minister's Son Presides

From Alex Kapocius

A saleswoman is driving toward her home in Northern Arizona when she sees a Navajo woman hitchhiking. Because the trip had been long and quiet, the saleswoman stops the car and the Navajo woman climbs in. 

During their small talk, the Navajo woman glances surreptitiously at a brown bag on the front seat between them. 

"If you're wondering what's in the bag," offers the saleswoman, "it's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband." 

The Navajo woman is silent for awhile, nods several times approvingly and says, "Good trade."

Source Unknown 

While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. 

Apparently, his five-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. 

The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaaather. And unto the Soonnn.......and into the hole he gooooes." 

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Two stories ...
Two Little Girls

from Alex Kapocious

A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit." 

"And why not, darling?" 

"You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning." 

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother.

 "I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!"

Girl in a hat

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Cold Winter

from Alex Kapocious

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It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was an Indian Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the weather was going to be. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared. 

Also, being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is the coming winter going to be cold?" 

"It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed," the meteorologist at the weather service responded. 

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So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.  

A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. "Is it going to be a very cold winter?" 

"Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it's definitely going to be a very cold winter." 

The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. 

Two weeks later, he called the National Weather Service again. "Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?" 

"Absolutely," the man replied. "It's going to be one of the coldest winters ever." 

"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked. 

The weatherman replied, "The Indians are collecting wood like crazy."

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from Alex Kapocious


Printed Instructions

from Alex Kapocious

While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my four-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. 

One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!" 

A three-year-old boy went with his dad to see a new litter of kittens. 

On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother, "There were two boy kittens and two girl kittens." 

"How did you know that?" his mother asked. 

"Daddy picked them up and looked underneath," he replied. "I think it's printed on the bottom." 

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A gift for grandma

Shared by Alex Kapocious

Keep Calm!

Shared by Alex Kapocious

This little grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are these army men doing in my coffee?" 

Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV 'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!'" 
In the supermarket was a man pushing a cart that contained a screaming, bellowing baby. The gentleman kept repeating softly, "Don't get excited, Albert; don't scream, Albert; don't yell, Albert; keep calm, Albert." 

A woman standing next to him said, "You certainly are to be commended for trying to soothe your son, Albert." 

The man looked at her and said, 
"Lady, I'm Albert." 

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When the mother returned from the grocery store, her small son pulled out the box of animal crackers he had begged for, then he spread the animal-shaped crackers all over the kitchen counter. "What are you doing?" his Mom asked. 

"The box says you can't eat them if the seal is broken," the boy explained. "I'm looking for the seal." 

From Alex Kapocious

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Divorcing After 45 Years

An old man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin
our day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing;
forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Pop,  what are you talking about," the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man said.
"We're sick and tired of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this,
so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."
And he hangs up.

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone, "Like heck
they're getting a divorce," she shouts. "I'll take care of this."
She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man,
"You are NOT getting divorced! Don't do a single thing until I get there.
I'm calling my brother back and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then
don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?"  And she hangs up.
The man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.
"Okay," he says, "They're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."

Shared by Ron Hartman


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I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and always she was correct. But it was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying sagely, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!" 

From Alex Kapocious

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Where does grandma live?

When I stopped the bus to pick up Chris for preschool, I noticed an older woman hugging him as he left the house. "Is that your grandmother?" I asked. "Yes, "Chris said. "She's come to visit us for Christmas." "How nice," I said. "Where does she live?" "At the airport," Chris replied. "Whenever we want her, we just go out there and get her." 

From Alex Kapocious

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Modern Math

The math teacher saw that little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, "Johnny! What are 4, 2, 28 and 44?" 

Little Johnny quickly replied, "NBC, CBS, HBO, and the Cartoon Network!" 

Sent by Alex Kapocious

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Senior Moments 

A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art." 

"Really," answered the neighbor. "What kind is it?"

"Twelve thirty."

Sent by Bob Lewis

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God is Watching

In the cafeteria of a Catholic school, the children were lined up for lunch. At the head of the line was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note and had placed it in front of the apples.

The note read: "Take only one, God is watching."

Further down the cafeteria line was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies... One of the boys had written a note of his own. The note he placed in front of the cookies read:

"Take all you want, God is watching the apples."

Sent by Alex Kapocious

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"Forgive Your Enemies" 

The preacher, in his Sunday sermon, used "Forgive Your Enemies" as his subject. After a long sermon, he asked how many were willing to forgive their enemies. About half held up their hands. Not satisfied he harangued for another twenty minutes and repeated his question. This time he received a
response of about 80 percent.

Still unsatisfied, he lectured for another 15 minutes and repeated his question. With all thoughts now on Sunday dinner, all responded except one elderly lady in the rear. "Mrs. Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?"

"I don't have any."

"Mrs. Jones, that is very unusual. How old are you?"

"Ninety three."

"Mrs. Jones, please come down in front and tell the congregation how a person can live to be ninety-three, and not have an enemy in the world."

The little sweetheart of a lady tottered down the aisle, very slowly turned around and said: "It's easy, I just outlived the bitches."

Shared by,
Pat Bennet

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Being Discreet

Six retired men were playing poker at the Kilarney senior center when Murphy loses 500 pounds on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table.

Showing respect for their fallen comrade, the other five complete their playing time standing up. Kelly looks around and asks, "Now, who is going to tell the wife?" They draw straws and Finnegan picks the short one. They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad situation any worse.

 "Gentlemen! Discreet? I'm the most discreet person you'll ever meet. Discretion is my middle name, leave it to me." Finnegan goes over to the Murphy apartment, knocks on the door, the wife answers, and asks what he wants. Finnegan declares, "Your husband just lost five hundred pounds, and is afraid to come home."

She hollers, "TELL HIM TO DROP DEAD!"

Finnegan says, "I'll let him know."

Contributed by Alex K


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The Vet 

A woman brought a very limp parrot into a veterinary surgery. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm sorry, but Polly has passed away." 

The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure? I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something." 

The vet rolled his eyes, shrugged, turned and left the room. Returning a few moments later with beautiful black Labrador. As the bird's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the dead parrot front top to bottom. He then looked at the vet, shook his head and barked. 

The vet petted the dog, took it out and returned in a few moments with a cat, which jumped up and also sniffed the bird on the table. The cat sat back, shook its head and meowed. It then jumped off the table and ran out of the room. 

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry; but like I said, your parrot is dead." He then turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys, produced a bill and handed it to the woman. 

Still puzzled, the parrot's owner took the bill and looked at it. "$150.00!" she cried. "Just to tell me my bird is dead?! That's ridiculous!" 

The vet shrugged. "If you'd taken my word for it the bill would only have been $20, but ... what with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan..."

Sent by Ed Helmold

That one probably should have been one of the "Pun of the Week" stories but it was too long to qualify.

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Parental Guidance

A mother was preparing pancakes for her two young son's breakfast. They started arguing about who would get the first one off the grill. Mom saw an opportunity to teach a Christian value lesson and said, "Boys, don't you think that if Jesus was here, He would say 'give the first one to my brother'"? 

There was a few moments of silence, the boys glanced at each other and at their mother. Finally the oldest said, "Billy, ... you be Jesus."

Adapted from "Faith Works"
Leader's Insights on Faith Formation
An article by Jeannine Goggin - May/June 2002

When sacrifice is involved, sometimes we are all to ready to step aside and let the other guy be the hero.

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Pastoral Wit 

Father O'Malley rose from his bed. It was a fine spring day and he walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside. He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. He promptly called the local police station. The conversation went like this: 

"Top o' the day to ye. This is Sgt. Flaherty. How might I help ye?" 

"And the best of the day te yerself. This is Father O'Malley at St. Brigid's. There's a jackass lying dead in me front lawn. Would ye be so kind as to send a couple o' yer lads to take care of the matter?" 

Sgt. Flaherty, considering himself to be quite a wit, replied with a smirk, "Well now father, it was always my impression that you people took care of last rites!" 

There was dead silence on the line for a moment. Father O'Malley then replied: "Aye, that's certainly true, but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin." 

This smile was sent by Rich Kapis


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