Monastery mirth

Dave Payn

Active Member
A weary traveller stoppped for the night at a monastery and joined the
monks for supper. After the meal was over and a little wine had passed
one of the monks stood up and loudly proclaimed " 48". There were gales
of laughter. When it had subsided another stood up and said "49". More
laughter. And so it went on.

Puzzled by this, the traveller turned to
his neighbour and asked for an explanation. He explained that, as they
were so cut off where they were, they never heard any new jokes, so all
the jokes they knew had been given numbers, which were then shouted out, saving a long speech.

"Oh, can I have a go?" the traveller asked.

"Oh yes, go on, they won't mind'.

He stood up and said loudly "179".

The place was in uproar and the laughter lasted for several minutes. When his neighbour had stopped laughing, the traveller asked him why he had got such a riotous reception.

"They hadn't heard that one" he gasped.

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