Tuesday, March 14, 2006

An interlude--time for jokes...

This morning I posted a rather serious post about a Quaker in Iraq. Coming back to my blog this afternoon, I recall my favorite "Quaker" joke from my childhood. It came from an article in Mad Magazine on various religions. I don't remember what they said about any of other churches or religions, just what they said about the Quakers, which went something like this: "Quakers do not believe in war. There are a million Quakers in the United States. President Nixon says he's a Quaker. That makes 999,999.

A few years earlier (and this is the first joke I can remember telling), I went around asking people: "What do you get when you stick your finger in the President's ear?" Know the answer?

Update and Answer (March 16, 2006). Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) was the President before Nixon. The answer to the question about what you got when you stuck your finger in the President's (Johnson) ear is................ (don't moan).......... "Johnson's Wax." I can tell nobody who reads this blog have been waxing floors lately. At the time I was telling this joke (6-7 years old), they were advertising it on TV (in black and white, of course). And, I believe, you can still buy Johnson's wax here in the US anyway.

17 comments:

  1. While unrelated to this post, I read your earlier posts from when you were in Honduras. I found it interesting and educational. But I don't think you said what brought you there. I'd like to hear more about that if you don't mind.

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  2. I was in Honduras with a medical mission team. Now, as for the question, what did you get when you stick your finger into the president's ear?

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  3. Thanks, sage, for your answer.

    As per your joke question, the only thing that comes to mind is "bee's wax." ;)

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  4. Why do I feel like a dork? I have absolutely no idea :) Mentioned you in one of my posts today by the way!

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  5. I'm guessing shot by the secret service.

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  6. Okay, here's a clue--think about who was president before Nixon (I suppose I'm also giving a hint to my age as he was president when I was a kid)

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  7. If the answer is Lyndon Johnson - I still don't get it :-(

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  8. Okay Bluebolt, You're correct on the President, but I didn't say that was an answer, just a hint... Let me re-ask it this way: what would you have gotten ifyou had stuck your finger in LBJ's ear? I'll post the answer tomorrow if no one gets the joke by then.

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  9. Quite the build up you have going for the punch line, Sage. It better be a good one. :-)

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  10. I would reveal the joke I told when I was about that same age but I'm afraid it may cause you to choke as it did with my mom and dad. To my defense though, I didn't know what that action (that was the basis of the joke) was at that time. :-)

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  11. Haven't bought any Johnson's Wax recently but I have bought some Sex Wax now and then, mostly for gag gifts for people who don't know what it is used for.

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  12. Ah, that waxy buildup. . .

    Hey, ed, how do I get that wax off my board? I hear I'm supposed to wash it off somehow and then reapply -- is that true? I've only taken it out a couple of times.

    Sage, was it the Quakers or the Shakers who weren't supposed to do "the deed?" I forget. I think it was the Shakers?

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  13. Murf, tell your joke, you know you want to and we're dying to hear.

    Ed, interesting wax--what little surfing you could do on the Carolina coast was enough to keep hair off my chest till I left the coast.

    Ing, You should win some prize for your creativity! Waxy build-up, I'm still shaking my head. On a serious matter, you can buy wax remover (at least for snow skis). It's very expensive. You can also use mineral oil which is more reasonable.

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  14. Oh, I forgot, Ing, that's the Shakers--which is why they're not around any more. Of course, they're probably not enough Quakers around either--considering how gun-ho we are in the US. (At least Georgie boy has never claimed membership in the faith.)

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  15. Since this is a family show, I will refrain from telling my joke (which you now know anyway) here and save it for a blog entry on mine. I may have to put a 'parental advisory' sticker on that one.

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  16. it looks like as of 12:30 PM EST my blog is back up, but I still can't get it to accept a new post... stay tuned!

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