Welcome to the J. The jokes. I love jokes. Jokes are good, jokes make people laugh and brighten the day. I put jokes in my books. Maybe you’ve discovered one here and there. The Hilda books and also The Story of the Mimosa are quite good reads for jokes. If you like to laugh here and there, of course, otherwise I would advise you to read War and Peace by Mr Leo Tolstoy.
Jokes can be miracles of entertainment wrapped in a careful selection of words, and the fun part in it is that the reader only notices there’s a joke coming at the very end.
Did you know that there are differences in how jokes are perceived all through the world? I’m no expert on “everywhere” but I know that Americans often like jokes that are ‘hidden’, where the fun bit only pops out at the end. This is entirely different to many French people, who want to be able to see the joke coming from the very first word. British jokes are often different again because many Brits possess a dry humour, something that not everyone appreciates (nor understands for that matter).
Here’s an American joke for you:
A blonde was driving down a street under the scorching sun. She had an important meeting and when she reached the building where the meeting was going to be held, she discovered that there was no vacant space to park her car.
Desperate and confused, she looked up and said, “God, take pity on me and find me a parking place. If you do so, I will visit the church daily, donate half of my this month’s salary and give up alcohol for the rest of my life.”
Miraculously, an empty parking place appeared out of nowhere in front of the blonde. The blonde pleased by the discovery, looked up and said, “Nevermind, I found one myself!”
And here’s a British joke:
A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. ”But why?” they asked, as they moved off. ”because,” he said ”I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”
Have a fun day!