Monday, August 10, 2009

A Joke From My Childhood

There was this monastery where all the monks took a strict vow of silence. They couldn't talk at all, except on Christmas day during dinner at 6pm, when one monk could say one thing.

One Christmas it was Joe's turn to talk. At 6pm, as they were eating dinner, Joe stood, cleared his throat, and said, "I hate the mashed potatoes here."

Then Joe sat down and the monks continued eating in silence.

A year passed in silence. The next Christmas at 6pm it was Sam's turn to talk. Sam stood, cleared his throat, and said, "Well, I like the mashed potatoes!"

A year passed in silence. The next Christmas at 6pm it was Claude's turn to talk. Claude stood, cleared his throat, and said, "I request a transfer to another monastery. I can't stand this constant bickering!"

4 comments:

Billy Beck said...

That's still funny.

jorz said...

Thanks Myrhaf. That made me smile.

Myrhaf said...

Glad you all liked it. Still cracks me up.

Annette said...

Thanks for posting this! The other day, I told my husband and kids to "stop all the bickering about mashed potatoes." They looked at me funny and asked why I would say that and I told them it was from a joke from my childhood. I didn't remember the joke, only that it was about monks and a vow of silence. I was so happy to find the joke here! Thanks for the laugh and the memories.