A Lttle Humour

Gerry Hawkes ghawkes at sover.net
Fri Dec 14 09:07:50 EST 2001


Mike -

You don't need to send £ 10 (you probably weren't offering it to me anyway),
but I think the following joke is applicable to the discussion and should
offend no one.  (unless they are an ass)

Here goes (donate the £ 10 to charity):

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along  they
passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking  and
the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right,
so they changed positions.

Later, they passed some people that remarked, "What a shame, he makes  that
little boy walk" They then decided they both would walk! Soon they  passed
some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent
donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.

Now they passed some people that shamed them by saying how awful to put such
a load on a poor donkey. The boy and man said they were probably right, so
they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed the bridge, they lost
their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and  drowned.

The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well
kiss your ass good-bye.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Disclaimer:  I really do like donkey's and this joke's sole purpose is for
humour (with a small educational component).  It is no reflection on the
character of donkeys and is not intended to offend in anyway.  Any
similarities to characters either living or dead is purely coincidental.

- Gerry Hawkes
http://www.biketrack.com/pollution.htm



-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Dean <mikedean.com at altavista.com>
To: permaculture <permaculture at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Date: Friday, December 14, 2001 6:02 AM
Subject: Re: Genderisms


>Dear Sean,
>
>In order that I do not tread on any toes when it comes to humour, would you
please give us an actual example of a joke which not offend anybody at all.
(If you achieve this, I'll send you £10)
>
>Wish you the best of luck.
>
>Mike.
>
>On Fri, 14 December 2001, "S.K. Harrison" wrote:
>
>>
>> > From: "Lee Flier" <lflier at mindspring.com>
>>
>> <snip>
>> > You can't say anything
>> > even in jest without somebody getting their
>> > panties all in a wad. I'm a very sensitive
>> > person, and I hate stereotypes more than almost
>> > anything, but humor like this doesn't do
>> > anything to "perpetuate" stereotypes. If
>> > anything, poking fun at a stereotype can help
>> > to break it down.  How can people ever become
>> > close if they can't laugh together, including
>> > about sensitive issues?
>>
>> Please see my post to Gene in this thread, re
>> tact and the diverse politics of our
>> community-at-large. I address the issues you
>> raise here.
>>
>> In summary, however, we can laugh together fine
>> without having to resort to limited forms of
>> humour that fail to acknowledge the wild
>> diversity of permaculturists and people in
>> general (men, women, the intersexed and
>> bigendered, yuppies, hippies, techies, luddites,
>> monogamists, polyamorists, gay, bi, straight,
>> etc). Such acknowledgement does take more work
>> and consideration, but I'll bet the results would
>> prove worth the effort, both in learning about
>> others, and in sharing a laugh with such
>> different folks.
>>
>>
>> > And even if I didn't think the posts were funny
>> > I'd just hit the delete key and leave it at
>> > that, rather than tell others what is
>> > appropriate to think and say.  Will the Thought
>> > Police please give it a rest?
>>
>> Lay off the ad hominems. I expressed my opinion.
>> I do not have the power to restrict anything on
>> this list. You can post whatever you want, but I
>> will speak out when I consider it necessary.
>>
>> Sean
>>
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