New Prisoner's Joke

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A new prisoner arrives at a jail where everyone else has been locked up for a long time.

He notices that occasionally someone shouts out a number, and everyone else laughs. He asks his cellmate what is going on and is told that they have been in jail so long together that they have all heard all the jokes that anyone knows, so to save time they have numbered the jokes.

After hearing a few more numbers followed by howls of laughter, he decides to try it himself and shouts out “Thirty-nine!” No one laughs.

He asks his cellmate why no one laughed and was told, “Well, some people just can’t tell a joke.”

George Stigler


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