First Aid, Second Opinion

copperheadTwo campers are in the outback when one is bitten on the backside by a poisonous snake.

“I’ll go into town for a doctor,” the other says. He runs ten kilometres to a small town and finds the only doctor busy delivering a baby.

“I can’t leave,” the doctor says. “But here’s what to do. Take a knife, cut a small mark where the bite is, suck out the poison and spit it out.” Continue reading

In a Flap

bird feetAn ornithology professor had been teaching his students how to identify Australian birds and pulled a surprise test. Twelve large stuffed specimens were standing on the desk of his lecture theatre with bags over their heads. He then asked the students to write the names of each species merely by looking at their legs and feet and said that the test would be worth one third of their semester assessment.

A student in the front row was clearly agitated. He stood to his feet and threw his pen to the ground as he complained that this was a ridiculous task and that it wasn’t fair to have such a heavy weighting on a task that he couldn’t properly have prepared for.

Annoyed at being challenged so abruptly, the lecturer turned to the student and demanded to know: “And what is your name?”

The student promptly rolled up one leg of his trousers and sarcastically suggested, “Well, how about you tell me?!”

Collateral Thinking

rollsA blonde walks into a large bank’s main city branch and asks to borrow $5,000 for her upcoming holiday. “Sure,” says the loans officer, “but we’ll need some collateral.” The woman hands over her car keys and says, “You can take my Rolls Royce.” Startled, he asks its value and is told that it is worth $400,000 and that she has the proof of ownership. Continue reading


aptitudeA memo I found which maybe shows what we read in Isaiah 55:8, that God doesn’t see things the same way we do!

TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph, Woodcrafter Carpenter Shop, Nazareth

FROM: Jordan Management Consultants, Jerusalem

Dear Sir:

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant. Continue reading

Why Not?

luggageA businessman walked into the Melbourne airport, carrying his briefcase and two suitcases.  He went up to the check-in desk and the attendant asked, “And where will you and your luggage be flying today, sir?”

He replied, “Well, I’m flying to Sydney, but…”, pointing at each item of luggage in sequence, “I want this sent to Perth, this sent to Brisbane, and this sent to Adelaide.”

The attendant blinked, somewhat taken aback, and eventually managed to say, “I’m afraid we can’t do that for you, sir.”

To which the businessman replied, “Why not?  You did the last time.”

The Death of Common Sense

imagesToday we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were lost long ago in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; life isn’t always fair; and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). Continue reading