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The new and (not very) improved humor thread

  • I was just made aware (thanks MurphySiding) that the (in)famous "Would you believe...a little humor" thread has been, after all these years, locked.

    So, in an effort to continue this almost-tradition, I hereby present its replacement:

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    I once heard a story about a railroad crew that befriended a monkey named Bobo. Where the monkey came from is not known.

    The railroaders would play with Bobo and feed him and really treat him nice. In fact, they taught the monkey to give hand signals and pull pins; soon he was able to read a switch list.  Eventually they even taught him to run the engine. Soon Bobo got to be so good at it that the guys would let the monkey do their work while they went fishing.

    One day the Trainmaster caught the guys fishing while Bobo was doing the work. All of the railroaders got fired on the spot. A couple of months later the railroaders got a letter from the company. It was a great flowery piece and reinstated all of the railroaders to their former positions with all back pay.

    It was signed by Trainmaster Bobo.

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    An elderly lady walked into a Toronto ticket office and asked for a ticket to New York. " Do you want to go by Buffalo?" inquired the ticket agent. "Certainly not!" she answered indignantly, " I want to go by TRAIN!"

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    A rookie brakeman is out, late one night, on his first trip. The head brakeman tells him to set the brakes on a car, so he puts his lantern on the ground and climbs to the top of the car. "Hey," yells the head brakie, "what's the matter with you! You don't ever leave your lamp sitting on the ground," and he tosses the lantern up to the rookie.

    Meanwhile, the engineer and the fireman are sitting in the nice, warm engine cab 30 cars away. The fireman calls the hogger over.  "You'll never believe what I just saw," he says. "That new brakeman stood flat footed on the ground, jumped straight up to the top of that boxcar; he even had his lantern with him!"

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  • Zardoz, how can you improve on the old thread?

    At one time, the Erie Railroad was quite the butt of jokes because of its poor timekeeping. Two follow.

    It was during a very tedious ride on the "Erie," and the passengers, tired, dirty and thirsty, all berated the company with the exception of one man. His fellow passeners commented on this, and asked why he did not denounce the compnay, too. "It would hardly be fair," he replied, "as I am traveling on a pass; but if they don't do better pretty soon, blame me if I don't go out and buy a ticket and join you."

    A patriarch, who presented a half ticket for a ride between Suffern and Jersey City, was informed that he must pay full fare. He replied: "When I purchased the ticket before boarding this train I was entitled to the half-fare rate."



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  •      Not a train story, but a true story:  When our oldest son was about 3, my wife had a bible study class that met at our house once a week.  That gave my son and I a chance to have a father-son night out.  We had gone to a Pizza Ranch for dinner .  At the pizza place, we were playing with my son's little, plastic tow truck, and having a good time.  At some point, the hook broke off the plastic tow truck, and Mr. 3 year old started to fret.  I did the dad thing, and told him we would fix it, or some other such thing.

         As we were standing at the cash register paying for our dinner, there was a large group of people waiting to be seated.  My son eagerly asked where we were going next.  I casually replied that we were going home.  Upon hearing that, he had a total melt-down, and screamed at the top of his lungs: "But DADDY!!!  YOU said we were  GOING  to  GET  a   HOOKER!!! Shock

    Thanks to Chris / CopCarSS for my avatar. Otherwise I, too would be in the Lego Witness Protection Program

  • Well at 547 pages I'm kinda not surprised it got locked.

    Cool Now I get to recycle all my stupid jokes. starting with...

    Arkansas Vasectomy:

    After having their 10th child, an Arkansas couple decided that that was enough. So the husband went to his doctor and told him that he and his wife didn't want to have any more children.

    The doctor told him that there was a procedure called a vasectomy that could fix the problem. The doctor told the man that he was to go home, get a cherry bomb, light it, put it in a can, then hold the can up to his ear and count to 10.

    The Arky said to the doctor "I may not be the smartest man, but I don't see how putting a cherry bomb in a can next to my ear is going to help me."

    So the couple drove to Missouri to get a second opinion. The doctor was just about to tell them about the procedure for a vasectomy when he noticed they were from Arkansas. This doctor also told the man to go home and get a cherry bomb, place it in a tin can, hold it next to his ear and count to 10.

    Figuring that both doctors couldn't be wrong, the man went home, lit a cherry bomb and put it in a can. He held the can up to his ear and began to count, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5..." at which point he paused, placed the can between his legs and resumed counting on his other hand.... :O


      Have fun with your trains

  • Office dictionary entry: 

    Blamestorming: Sitting around in a group discussing who's to blame for a missed deadline or a failed project.


    A duck walks into a bar and asks, "Got any grapes?"

    The bartender, confused, tells the duck no. The duck thanks him and leaves.

    The next day, the duck returns and asks, "Got any grapes?"

    Again, the bartender tells him, "No -- the bar does not serve grapes, has never served grapes and, furthermore, will never serve grapes." The duck thanks him and leaves.

    The next day, the duck returns, but before he can say anything, the bartender yells, "Listen, duck! This is a bar! We do not serve grapes! If you ask for grapes again, I will nail your stupid duck beak to the bar!"

    The duck is silent for a moment, and then asks, "Got any nails?"

    Confused, the bartender says no.

    "Good!" says the duck. "Got any grapes?"

  • A man is getting changed in the locker room at his Gym after a workout.  The cell phone on the bench next to him rings so he answers it.
    "Hi Honey, guess what?" the woman who called asks.  "The fur coat I've had my eye on for some time now is on sale.  Would you mind if I picked it up"
    "Not at all" he says.
    "Also," she continues on "that Cadillac salesman called back.  The one we looked at the other day will finally be in.  Should I get it or are you still looking around?"
    "Nope, let's splurge. Grab it!" he enthusiastically says.
    "One last thing..." she paused "remember that beach house with the big porch we both adored?  Well it's back on the market but this time for $1.5M.  What do you want to do?"
    He pauses and replies "Put in an offer at $1.4M and we'll see what happens!"
    She shrieks with delight and hangs up and so does he, smiling.

    He turns and looks at the now folded cell phone in his hand, holds it up and asks:
    "Anyone know whose phone this is?"


  • Omaha, Nebr. - Tuesday, 3 March 2009.

    Lee Barnett, a.k.a. "The Bullet," an acquaintance of mine who once worked as a hoghead out of Oakland, told me that the Southern Pacific Operating Rules book defined a train as "An engine, or more than one engine, with or without cars displaying markers."  Espee also had a definition for the old man riding the caboose cushions:  "A conductor is a brakeman, with or without brains, displaying pencils."

    "I was sad when I did go
       From the land of Phoebe Snow.
          My eyes did burn and my head was light
             From smoking too much anthricite!"


  • A man and a woman, who had never met before, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train.  Although initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, the two are tired and fall asleep quickly -- he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.  At 2:00 a.m., he leans over and gently wakes the woman, saying, "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket?  I'm awfully cold."  "I have a better idea," she replies. "Just for tonight, let's pretend that we're married."  "Wow!  That's a great idea!!" he exclaims.  "Good," she replies.  "Get your own *** blanket." 

  • At the Zoo with Dad

    Dad was out of town working one weekend.  On Sunday, the mom decided to take her son to the zoo for the first time in his life. As they passed the various assortment of animals, she would tell the little boy what they were called and make him repeat it. After the lions, gorillas, giraffes and bears, they came upon the elephant exhibit.

    "That's an elephant", the mother said.

    After the child repeated after her, he asked, "Mommy? What's that thing hanging down from the elephant?"

    The mother replied, "That's his trunk, sweetheart."

    "No, no", said the child, "Behind that!"

    "Oh, that's his tail", she said.

    "No, no!" the boy exclaimed. "That thing in the middle!"

    The woman was flustered and replied, "Uhhhh, that's nothing, honey!" And they moved on.....

    The next weekend, the boy's father came to pick him up and the child cried, "Daddy, let's go to the zoo! I learned all about the animals, and I want to show you what I learned!"

    The father agreed, so off to the zoo they went. As they passed each cage, the child would shout out the name of the animal, and the father would praise him for being so smart. Finally, they arrived at the elephant cage, and the boy shouted, "Elephant!"

    "Very GOOD", beamed the father. "I'm proud of you for remembering all these animals!"

    The boy asked, "Daddy? What's that thing hanging down on the elephant?"

    The father replied, "That's his trunk."

    "No!", the boy moaned, "Behind that!"

    "That's his tail", the father replied.

    "No, no! That thing in the middle!"

    The father stammered, "Er...what did your mother say it was?"

    "She said it was nothing!"

    "Well", the man said, puffing out his chest. "Your mother's spoiled!"


  • Some more (very old) tales told by men on their way to or from work; this time on the Long Island.

    Man from Douglaston tells how he didn't mind the night when the vestibule door came off in his hands. He jsut set it against the wall out of the way and got off. He did mind, though, the night the door wouldn't open at all and the train went wheep-wheep and got under way while he was struggling with it. He hiked it back from Little Neck. [0.6 miles east]

    Man from Baldwin (change at Jamaica) says that's interesting, and take his case, for example. He thinks the engineer on his train either has had an unhappy love affair in Baldwin or owes money there. Anyway, he frequently skips the stop. The Baldwin man gets off at Freeport. [1.1 miles east]

    Man from Ozone Park (change at Woodside) says he never had that happen to him, but his wife gets upset sometimes when his evening train is lost. Quite a mess of spurs and loops and crossovers and causeways out around the Rockaways, and sometimes the motorman has to get down and ask the shanty man where he is.

    (With apologies to A Treasury of Railroad Folklore for adding the distances for the benifit of us poor people not fortunate enough to live on Long Island)



  • A young guy from Mississippi moves to Florida and goes to a big" everything under one roof" department store looking for a job.
    The Manager says, "Do you have any sales experience? The kid says "Yeah. I was a salesman back in 
    Mississippi ."
    Well, the boss liked the kid and gave him the job. "You start tomorrow.  I'll come down after we close and see how you did."
    His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down.  "How many customers bought something from you today?  The kid says, "one".


    The boss says, "Just one? Our sales people average 20 to 30 customers a day. How much was the sale for?"  The kid says "$121,237.65".  


    The boss says "$121,237.65? What the hell did you sell?"  


    The kid says, "First, I sold him a small fishhook. Then I sold him a medium fishhook. Then I sold him a larger fishhook. Then I sold him a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he  said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Boston Whaler.  Then he said he didn't think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4 x 4  Expedition."


    The boss said, "A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a BOAT and a TRUCK?"  The kid said "No, the guy came in here to buy Tampons for his wife, and I said, "Dude, your weekend's shot, you should go fishing."


    "Something hidden, Go and find it. Go and look behind the ranges, Something lost behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go." The Explorers - Rudyard Kipling

  • Loud Train

    A man had to attend a large convention in Chicago. On this particular trip he decided to bring his wife. When they arrived at their hotel and were shown to their room, the man said: "You rest here while I register - I'll be back within an hour."

    The wife lies down on the bed... just then, an elevated train passes by very close to the window and shakes the room so hard she's thrown out of the bed. Thinking this must be a freak occurrence, she lies down once more. Again a train shakes the room so violently, she's pitched to the floor.

    Exasperated, she calls the front desk, asks for the manager. The manager says he'll be right up. The manager (naturally) is sceptical but the wife insists the story is true.

    "Look,... lie here on the bed - you'll be thrown right to the floor!"

    So he lies down next to the wife... Just then the husband walks in. "What," he says, "are you doing here?"

    The manager replies: "Would you believe I'm waiting for a train?"

  • Very very very funny. I will favor this post. Good clean fun, not mutch of that anymore! Enjoyed the Bobo post!

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  • There was two people who were going possum hunting. Theay had their guns drewn looking for a possum. Then one of the people saw a 102 express fright train. So he grabbed his lantrn snd waved like mad at the train. SCREEEEEEECH! the train ground to a hualt. The engineer said "what kid of emergancy do we have here?" The guy said "I wanted to see if you wanted to but a possum?" The engineer said "you mean to tell me that you have stopped this 102 car express freight train to ask me if I wanted to buy a possum?" The guy said "yep" the engineer replied  "well seeins how I like possum I'm going to buy one off of you! How mutch do you wat?" "$50" Ok here it is "Thank's Mr. engineer." The engineer said where's the possum? OH WE AIN'T SHOT E'M YET WE JUST WANTED TO SEE IF YOU WANTED TO BUT ONE OFF OF US!!! He He He!!Laugh

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