Laugh with rest of the world

Laugh, and the world laughs with you, Weep, and you weep alone, For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, an American poet, portrays laughter in her own words. While Jules Renard, a French writer believes “we are in the world to laugh. In purgatory or in hell, we shall no longer be able to do so. And in heaven it would not be proper”.

Laughter can be illustrated in many ways; everyone’s definition of laughter is different.

“The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed,” says Nicolas

Chamfort, another French writer. While someone else believes that “he who laughs on Friday will cry on Sunday”. Is that true that a time of laughter is followed by a cycle of sadness? Read these jokes, and define laughter you way.

The dog

A man walks into a shop and sees a cute little dog. He asks the shopkeeper, “Does your dog bite?”

The shopkeeper says, “No, my dog does not bite.”

The man tries to pet the dog and the dog bites him. “Ouch!” he says, “I thought you said your dog does not bite!”

The shopkeeper replies, “That is not my dog!”

The best restaurant

There were three restaurants on the same block. One day one of the owners put up a sign which said: “The Best Restaurant in the City.”

The next day, the largest restaurant on the block put up a larger sign which said: “The Best Restaurant in the World.”

On the third day, the smallest restaurant put up a small sign which said: “The Best Restaurant on this Block.”

My baby

A woman got on a bus, holding a baby. The bus driver said, “That’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen.”

In a huff, the woman slammed her fare into the fare box and took a near the rear of the bus. The man seated next to her sensed that she was agitated and asked her what was wrong. “The bus driver insulted me,” she fumed.

The man sympathised and said, “Why, he’s a public servant and shouldn’t say things to insult passengers.”

“You’re right,” she said. “I think I’ll go back up there and give him a piece of my mind.”

“That’s a good idea,” the man said. “Here, let me hold your monkey.”

Chicken soup

“Dad, I don’t want to go to school today,” said a boy.

“Why not, son?”

“Well, one of the chickens on the school farm died last week and we had chicken soup for lunch the next day. Three days ago one of the pigs died, and we had roast pork the next day.”

“But why don’t you want to go today?”

“Because our English teacher died yesterday!”

Eggy songs

A singer was told by his doctor that he had only a few weeks left to live. He went home feeling very sad, and when his wife heard the sad news she said to him, “Honey, if there’s anything I can do to make you happy, tell me.”

The singer answered, “You know there’s that box in the kitchen cabinet with what you always called ‘your little secret’ in it and you said you never would want me to open it as long as you lived. Now that I’m about to die, why don’t you show me what’s in that secret box of yours?”

The singer’s wife got out the box and opened the lid. It contained $100,000 and three eggs.

“What are those eggs doing in the box?” the singer asked.

“Every time your performance was really bad I put an egg in the box.”

Now the singer had been performing stage shows for over 40 years, and seeing only three eggs in that old shoe box, he started to feel very proud about himself and it warmed his soul. “And what about that $100.000?” he asked.

“Oh, you see,” she whispered softly, “every time there were a dozen eggs in the box, I sold them.” — Sent in by Alina Pokhrel, Class IX, Rato Bangala School