Sharing American Humor

The last laugh column shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted regional American humor with other MOTHER readers.

| November/December 1986


Next morning, the fellas headed off to the smoking car and were surprised to find a bunch of retired old railhands already there, jawing and talking.


Last Laugh shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor with other readers. 

Progress might have been all right once but it has gone on too long.
  — Ogden Nash 

Well sir, last time I said I'd tell you this time what went on the other times — namely, what the boys of the Plumtree Crossing Truth and Veracity League have been up to during those several months (and issues) I failed to report on their whatabouts. Fact is, they were getting tired of hearing themselves tell the same of tales over and over. So, at Ott Bartlett's suggestion, they decided to leave Plumtree Crossing's General Store, take a trip, and see if they might hear some new yarns. (Only Purvis Jacobs was opposed to the idea: He had a very promising field of corn laid in that looked like it would run 15 to 20 gallons to the acre.)

Now, Plumtree's finest pretty well know that life was meant to be lived leisurely, so they decided to travel by rail — on an old sleeper train they caught over at Erosion Junction.

They got on kinda late, so the first thing they did was go to bed. And since Lafe Higgins didn't realize sleeping berths had upper bunks as well as lower ones, he started off the night in the same single bed as Clarence Smithers. Lafe soon felt so cramped that he got out of the sack and tried sleeping in the aisle. Hadn't laid there long, though, before Clarence called down, "You might as well come back in; it don't feel so crowded now."

Lem Tucker slept with his feet hanging out of the train window. Doc Thromberg asked why didn't he pull them under the covers. "What," Lem said, "put those cold things in bed with me?"

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