Everyday Humor

In the checkout line at Monterey Market:

ME Are those mangosteens?

MAN They’re baby artichokes.

You eat them raw, he said. Peel off the outer leaves and slice them thin.

MAN With some Pecorino sliced thin, pinenuts, a little olive oil . . .

ME Sounds Italian.

MAN Yes, it is.

Everyone laughed.

Everyday Humor (part 4)

A collection of mathematical jokes at Wikipedia includes some nice ones — such as

Why do mathematicians think Halloween and Christmas are the same?
Because 31 Oct = 25 Dec.

— but inexplicably omits my favorite:

Why is six afraid of seven?
Because seven ate nine.

Why is this funny (at least to a 5-year-old)? Because we enjoy seeing unexpected connections.

Everyday Humor (part 2)

At a wine tasting, I was chatting with two women who are friends.

Me (to one of them): How did your friend entice you to come to this event?

Woman: She told me I was coming.


Type of joke: ?. Actually, it was the truth. Even armed with my idea that laughter is caused by sudden pleasure I still find it very hard to say why we laughed. How odd this is! Laughter is a big and important part of life. Visible, common, highly desirable — yet mysterious.