Monday, January 05, 2015
Flying Punch Line
MARCUS: Hey, Buddy, can you teach me how to tell a joke?
BUDDY: Of course, Marcus. I'm an expert.
CYNDI: You are? I haven't heard any of us tell a good one yet.
BUDDY: Well, sit down and prepare to learn. Have either of you ever heard of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson?
MARCUS: Sure, they have their own television show.
BUDDY: No, not the imposters on TV. The original Sherlock and Holmes from Baker Street in London, England.
CYNDI: No, I haven't heard of them. Who are they?
BUDDY: Holmes was a great detective, quite famous for solving mysteries. Watson was his trusted sidekick. Holmes' powers of deduction were quite sharp.
MARCUS: So we're going to solve a mystery?
BUDDY: Yes, we are. You see, Holmes and Watson went camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and were soon snoring away.
CYNDI: And a bear came into camp looking for food?
BUDDY: No, in the early hours of the morning, Sherlock woke Watson and said, "Look up at the stars and tell me what you see."
MARCUS: So what did he see? The Big Dipper pouring chocolate on the Milky Way?
BUDDY: Watson told Holmes he saw millions and millions of stars.
MARCUS: Millions? Is that more than twenty?
CYNDI: It sure is. Probably a hundred or so more.
BUDDY: "So what do you deduce from this?" Holmes asked Watson.
MARCUS: What did Watson reply?
BUDDY: Watson replied that if even a few of those millions of stars have planets, there might be some planets like earth and therefore there might be life on other planets.
MARCUS: Wow, Watson was a very smart man. I would never have thought of that.
BUDDY: Not so fast, Marcus. Holmes looked at Watson and said, "Watson, you're an idiot! It means someone stole our tent."
MARCUS: It does? Did Holmes figure out who stole their tent and put him in jail?
BUDDY: You asked me to teach you how to tell a joke. I just did but I think the punch line flew right over your head. Let me know when you find it.