Before we begin here is the bee joke.....
Morris and a woman are standing side by side waiting for a bus when they get to talking.
"Say," said the woman. "Do you have a hobby?"
"Naturally, a hobby I got , I'm a bee keeper."
"Well, you must live in the country then."
"Nope, right here in the city...in Brooklyn."
"Really? You must have a large house then."
"Gee, where do you keep'm?"
"A shoe box in my closet."
"A shoe box!? How many bees do you have?"
"Couple thousand, something like that. So who counts ?"
"Well, you can't keep a couple thousand bees in a shoe box! They'll die!"
" So screw'em, I hate bees."
In my opinion things need to have order, be logical to make sense.
This is why I am so confused about the bee joke....
When I was a junior in high school, I had an English Teacher Bill Scutta. Mr Scutta was probably one of my favorites. He had a great love of the english language, particularly poetry, and at least to a small extent, he put that in me. I still know a few ee cummings poems by heart because of how he showed me how to appreciate them.
But there was one thing he never explained and that was the bee joke. ..
Now this might not have been a problem from some ordinary schlemiel, but this joke came from my favorite teacher. He honestly thought this was some sort of very funny joke.
So I had to figure this joke out.
That was 30 years ago....
Thirty long years ago.......
Days spent staring at the ceiling, hours driving on the road pondering its mystery. I never got it.....
The internet provided little solace, when I first discovered search engines one of my first searches was "bee joke",
No Dice. I looked through a lot of bee jokes with no success.
The dawn of the internet also brough on another breakthrough, a chance a chance to communicate with Mr Scutta, I sent him a note and after preliminaries asked him to explain the Bee joke.
He responded quickly and said that I didnt need a pretense to look him up, he was fine and doing well and hoped I was doing the same.
I responded back with (basically) "Dude, glad your not dead, but I really did want to know about the bee joke."
He replied (basically) "keep working on it."
and so I did (fruitlessly).
That was five years ago, he is retired now and probably ambling off into senility at this point so I dont know if I ever will get a straight answer from him.
Today there was a break, the first big break in a long time.......
I typed in a search for Bee Joke and Cigar Box....
the clouds opened up, angels started singing.....
There it was, the bee joke. (this is the version you see above)
Under the title, "The funniest joke I have ever heard".
How can it be funny, it makes no sense???????
Suddenly I found it multiple places, apparently it a favorite joke of:
The Democratic Underground (Is this the vast left wing conspiracy we have all been wondering abouta)
Can anyone explain this joke to me.....
Particularly democrats and deadheads.
Cause I cant take it any more.
One rule, no googling, if you find it funny tell me why.