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Funny Bones, 1933 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 02, 2010

There shouldn’t have been a Depression, with jokes like these in the church magazines —

Order in the Court

Judge (in dentist chair): “Do you swear that you will pull the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth?”

He Had His Free Agency

The city girl was spending her holiday on the farm, and the young man of the family was finding her good company. One evening they were leaning over the pasture gate when they saw a cow and a calf rubbing noses in the accepted bovine fashion.

“See there,” said the young man, “that sight makes me want to do the same.”

“I don’t see why you shouldn’t,” the city Miss observed. “After all, it’s your cow.”

Good for Burns

Mr. Newlywed: “The meat tastes rather funny, Honey.”

Mrs. Newlywed: “Oh dear, I was afraid that wouldn’t fix it – it burned a little, so I put on some Unguentine.”

Say Fellows!

That reminds me of the Scotchman who buried his face in his hands to save funeral expenses.

Small Type

A stenographer was asked: “Can you tell me what is pica type?”

“A fellow who would date a girl for a 10-cent show,” she grinned.

The Record Breaker

Hopeful: “Time me around the track, Coach.”

Coach: “Sure. Wait till I get my calendar.”

Hot Dog

“Do you summer in the country?”

“No, I simmer in the city.”

A Preference

A dry motorist on a wet road is safer than a wet motorist on a dry road.

Defying the Earthquake

“See if you can laugh that off,” said the fat man’s wife as she wired a button on his vest.

Be Sure to Synchronize

Never shift your mouth into high gear until you are sure your brain is turning over.

It Helps a Bit

It’s a great comfort to go back to the home town and find out your old chums haven’t done so well, either.

The Race is Deteriorating

A scientist says that, from a physical standpoint, we are inferior to pre-historic men. At the conclusion of a domestic argument, the modern husband goes to his club instead of reaching for it.

Cashed In

Her father: “You are going to marry that insignificant little fellow! Why, you used to say you would never marry a man less than six feet high.”

Daughter: “Oh, I know, Dad. But I decided to take off twenty per cent for cash.”

Easy Catch

There had been a family row and the wife was haled into court on the charge of assault.

Magistrate: “Why did you bite your husband’s mother?”

Culprit: “’Twas ’is fault, your worship. ’E was always throwin’ ’er in my teeth.”

A Language Lesson

Teacher: “Give me a sentence using the word ‘vicious’.”

Student: “Best vicious for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Teacher: “Don’t you know the King’s English?”

Student: “Sure I do. And so is the Queen.”

Out of Tune

Grandpa was having his afternoon sleep in the armchair and emitting sounds that might easily have come from a cross-cut saw. As father entered the room he saw little Jackie twisting one of grandpa’s waistcoat buttons.

“What are you doing?” he whispered, “you mustn’t disturb grandpa.”

“I’m not, daddy,” said Jackie, “I was just trying to tune him in on something different.”

Christmas Echo

First Diner (eating with gusto): “Brave old bird, the turkey!”

Second Diner (wrestling with leg): “Yep, and this one died with his boots on.”

A False Alarm

“Your wife has been delirious all day,” said the nurse, in a worried tone, “calling for you and crying for money.”

“Hah!” snorted her husband, “delirious, poppycock!”

Runs by Crank

“If you don’t shut off that loud speaker,” shouted an irate tenant across the street, “I’ll come over and stop it for you!”

“Here’s wishin’ you luck, neighbor,” came the calm reply. “She’s been goin’ that way ever since I married her.”

When the Petals Fall

Passerby: “My goodness, young man, what has happened?”

Young Man: “My girl threw me a flower.”

Passerby: “But how could that cause that bump, and that swelling?”

Young man: “She forgot to detach the window box.”

No Monkey Business for Her

The mistress was giving the new maid, fresh from the country, a list of the household requirements.

“There you are, Alice,” she said, and then suddenly remembered an item she had almost forgotten. “O – er – don’t forget we shall want a new griller for the kitchen, too.”

Alice stared vacantly.

“Don’t you know what a griller is?” asked the other sharply.

“I should think I do,” replied the maid significantly. “It’s a big, hairy monkey the size of a man. And if you want one of those in your kitchen I’m leaving at once.”

Uplifting Travel

Stay-at-home: “They say that if there’s anything in a man, travel will bring it out.”

Footloose: “Yes, indeed! I found that out my first trip across the ocean!”



5 Comments »

  1. These always make my day!

    Comment by SteveP — January 2, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

  2. That second one–the young man and young woman watching the cows–reminds me of a similar story in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

    That one, ahem, would have needed a substantial cleaning up before it made it into a Church magazine.

    Comment by Mark B. — January 2, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

  3. I liked the timeliness of the “Best vicious” holiday greeting.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 2, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

  4. Yes, Ardis. I like that one too. But it took me a minute to get it.

    I’m guessing “Unguentine” is a kind of burn ointment.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — January 3, 2010 @ 12:58 am

  5. Unguentine is a combination of topical anesthetic and a greasy cream used to protect burns and reduce their pain. Its cousin, bactine is a combination of anesthetic and antiseptic. Grease is no longer considered a proper dressing for burns, so Unguentine is probably off the market.

    Comment by Eric Boysen — January 3, 2010 @ 9:59 am

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