American Humor: Fun Gus Tries to Find a New Angle When Looking for Work

The Last Laugh column shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor. Jo Novara shares a story about his laid-off friend Fun Gus and how Gus tried to find a new angle when looking for work.


| August/September 2000



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My private nickname for him is Fun Gus, though he hasn't been much lately — fun, that is — since they downsized him at the fungus farm.


ILLUSTRATION: TIM HAGGERTY

Last Laugh shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor with other readers. This issue Fun Gus is laid-off and tries to find a new angle when looking for work. 

Gus sighed fatalistically. "You can lead a horse to drink. But you can't make him water."

That's my buddy for you: trying to explain life with fractured homespun wisdom. My private nickname for him is Fun Gus, though he hasn't been much lately — fun, that is — since they downsized him at the fungus farm.

"Look, Gus," I entreated, "you've worked 27 years underground in the darkness, surrounded by trays of manure and mushrooms. Try to find a new angle when looking for work. Anything's got to be a step up."

"I suppose," Gus grudgingly admitted, "but it's hard to sell an old dog new ticks."

See how he talks?





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