Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Germans are funny

Who says the Germans don’t have a sense of humour? It has been said that getting clobbered two world wars in a row knocked the funny-bone right out of the square-head psyche, but this is just a bunch of bull-poop (or ‘bull-püp’ as some really funny Germans might say.)

Recently in the Stuttgart Airport in Stuttgart, Germany, a 42-year-old German man repeatedly told security personnel, as a little joke, that his underwear (or “ünterpanties”) were loaded with explosives (he was riffing off a slightly less recent news item whereby a Nigerian man had tried to blow-up a US bound airliner, with explosives concealed in his underwear.) Naturally hilarity ensued and the security people took him into the back-room for a full body search.

Unfortunately the man, his wife and daughter all missed the flight you Egypt that they had been planning to take for a vacation, and the airline will not be refunding their tickets, and he will be paying a huge fine as well as maybe having to pay all police costs, but still, good joke, right? Ja ja!

It put me in mind of something I once read by Groucho Marx. He told the story about arriving back in the US after a trip to Europe back in the 1950s. He was filling out some paperwork for the US Customs officials and, as a joke, under “occupation” rather than “international movie star and funny guy” he wrote, “smuggler”. He said that he would never to that again. Apparently full cavity searches are not as much fun as one might think.

Anyway… Humouroceros

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