On Telling Jokes: Help for the Humor-Deprived

Telling jokes that work is a talent that must be cultivated but is all too often neglected.

| December/January 1998

"Hey, Rube, look at that man burning leaves," I said, squatting to my son's eye level and pointing to the fine that almost singed an above-ground swimming pool. "What's wrong with this picture?"

My claim to immortality paused, thought. "He's too close."

"What might happen?" I prompted.

"Burn a hole."

"And... "

"Water'll go all over the fire." Rube chortled and clapped his hands.

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