Once upon a time, long ago, in a faraway land, there lived a poor beggar named Abu Ben Sharif. He was known to all who met him as Benny the Beggar. One day, a fantastically fortunate thing happened to Benny. As he was trudging his dusty way down a long, hot road, he met a fancy coach coming the other way. As the coach thundered past him in a cloud of dust, Benny noticed something fall from the coach, and bounce into a roadside ditch.
Curious to see what it was, he went over to pick it up and look at it. It was a shiny brass lamp. Now, of course, Benny had heard the story of Aladdin’s magical lamp, but he didn’t believe in things like that. Still, if all the dust were brushed off it, it would look a lot better, and probably bring a higher price, if he decided to sell it. Besides, it wouldn’t hurt to shine it up a little, just in case.
Of course, we all know what happened!! As soon as Benny rubbed the lamp, a giant genie appeared and called him “Master”, and promised him anything he wanted, any time he wanted, for as long as he had the lamp….But….with one small condition. He was never to cut his hair or shave his beard, for as long as he kept the lamp. If he did, a terrible thing would happen to him, although the genie would not say what that was.
All went well for almost three long years. Benny lived in the lap of luxury, eating and drinking the best, and wearing the finest clothes, surrounded by beautiful willing girls. There was one small point of discontent, though. He looked and felt scruffy. All that hair got in his way, so he got to thinking, “Why shouldn’t I take all this hair off? Why would a genie expect me to keep it?? This is silly!! He probably wouldn’t care if I got a shave and haircut!” So he did….and nothing happened.
“Ah!” thought Benny, “It was all just a bluff; just a big joke.” And he went on his merry way looking and feeling much better. The next day though, the promised catastrophe occurred. He picked up the lamp and rubbed it to summon the genie, so that he could ask for more gold.
As soon as the genie appeared, he looked at Benny and shouted, “You have broken your agreement!! Now you will suffer the consequences!!!” And, in a flash of light, and a cloud of smoke, faster than the eye could follow, Benny was transformed into a large, ugly-looking clay pot, full of dust and ashes.
“That’ll teach him.” said the genie, “A Benny shaved, is a Benny urned!!”
Somebody put up a notice on the lamp-post in front of my house, about a missing dog. He has three legs. He’s blind in the right eye, missing the left ear. His tail is broken. He was recently castrated….and answers to the name LUCKY!
If I could live my life over again, I’d make the SAME MISTAKES, I’d just start SOONER!
Back when I worked in an office, a friend handed me, what I thought was a business card. “Keep it handy.” he said. When I had a chance to read it, it said,
“Your story has touched my heart. Never before have I met anyone with more or deeper troubles than you. Please accept this expression of my sincere sympathy. NOW FUCK OFF and quit bothering me!”
Someone else slipped me a note which read:
Scientists have succeeded in
Producing an Atomic-Powered
Self-actuating, Totally automatic,
Mobile, Fuck-up Machine.
Now, you too can be replaced.
The New Priest
A new priest, at his first mass, was so scared he couldn’t speak. He asked the Monsignor how he had done. The Monsignor said, “Fine, but next week, it might help if you put a little Vodka or Gin in your water, to help relax you.
The next week, the priest spiked his water with lots of Vodka, and really kicked up a storm with his sermon. After mass, again, he asked the Monsignor how he had done. “Well, fine enough, but there are a few things you should get straight!”
1 There are 10 Commandments, not 12.
2 There are 12 disciples, not 10.
3 David slew Goliath; he didn’t kick the shit out of him.
4 We do not refer to Jesus Christ, as “The Late J.C.”
5 Next Sunday, there is a taffy-pulling party at St. Peter’s, not a peter-pulling party at St. Taffy’s.
6 The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost are not referred to as Big Daddy, Junior and The Spook.
Have a laugh, have a laugh, have a laugh on me! Next post….who knows??!