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Courtesy Of The Wheel June 6, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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On his first night in Prison, Joe slept fitfully.  Not only was he nervous and agitated, but he was unused to the sounds coming from the adjoining cells.

Just as he was about to drift off, a fellow inmate called out “16.”  In response, the entire cell block erupted into laughter.

Joe puzzled about it for a few minutes until sleep threatened to overtake him once again.

Just then, an inmate cried out, “10.”  As before, Joe heard a chorus of cackles bouncing off the bars.

This number calling continued for a time until, at last, Joe fell asleep.

In the morning, he asked his cell mate, Chuck, about the laughter-inducing numbers.

Chuck chuckled, “Well, we’ve been here for a dog’s age.  And, in that time, we shared just about every joke there is.  Rather than repeating them, we assign them numbers.  When someone calls out a number, we recognize the joke they’re sharing and laugh anew.”

Intrigued, Joe asked if he could give it a go.

“Sure.  Here’s the book of jokes.  Pick a number.”

Joe flipped through the book.

Deciding he liked the sound of Joke 21, he looked forward to “lights out” that night.

Once all the inmates were quieted down, Joe called out “21.”  No response. Not even a ripple of amusement.

He tried again, a bit louder:  “21.”  Nothing.

Perplexed, Joe leaned over his bunk, “Hey, Chuck.  What’s up?  It didn’t work. No one laughed.”

Chuck nodded, “Well, you know what they say . . . some people know how to tell a joke.  Others don’t.”

Aah . . . that’s funny!

Source:  Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune, 6/5/19)