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Lessons From Jokes

Updated: Feb 17

A kangaroo kept getting out of his enclosure at the zoo. After re-capturing the kangaroo, the zoo keeper put up a ten –foot fence. Again the kangaroo was out the next morning, roaming around the zoo. So the fence was extended to twenty feet. But again the kangaroo was out the next morning. Frustrated zoo officials built a fence forty feet high. A camel in the next enclosure asked the kangaroo. “How much higher do you think they’ll go.” The kangaroo replied, “About a thousand feet, I guess – unless somebody starts locking the gate.


Lesson - Root cause analysis is a must for effective problem solving.


A man and his wife are dining in a plush restaurant, and the husband keeps staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sits alone at a nearby table. The wife asks, “Do you know her?” “Yes,” sighs the husband. “She is my ex-girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up seven years ago, and I hear she hasn’t been sober since then.

“My God!” says the wife. “Who would think a person can go on celebrating that long?”


Lesson - See from other’s perspective also.


A visitor, returning to Kuwait for the first time since the Gulf War, was impressed by a sociological change. On previous visits she noted that women customarily walked about five steps behind their husband. She observed that men now walked twenty steps BEHIND their wives. She approached one of the woman for an explanation. “What enabled women here to achieve this marvellous reversal of role?” “Land mine” replied the Kuwaiti woman.


Lesson - Not all change is desirable.


A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him to perform a simple test.


“Here’s what you do,” said the Doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her and speak to her in your normal conversational speaking tone. See if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”


That evening the man decided to test his wife’s hearing. Since she was in the kitchen cooking, he stood 40 feet away in the bedroom and asked in his normal tone, “honey, what’s cooking?” No response.


So he moved into the drawing room, 20 feet away and asked again, “honey, what’s cooking?” No response.


He moved even closer, 10 feet away and repeated his question “honey, what’s cooking?” No response.


Frustrated, he walked into the kitchen, stood right behind her and asked “honey, what’s cooking?” “James, for the FOURTH time……CHICKEN!”


lesson - The problem is not always ‘them.’


“So you are the boy who wrote on the board- Teacher is a fool”

“Yes Sir.”

“Well at least I am glad you have told the truth”


Lesson - Be careful what you say.


Annoyed maths teacher said to her class. “The minute I get up to speak, some fool begins talking!”


Lesson - And how you say it.


A lady was walking down the road with a dog. A man approached them and said to the Lady "Does your dog bite?" The Lady said, "No. My dog does not bite." The Man smiled and stroked the dog -it bit him, hard as hell! The Man shouted at the Lady, "Hey!! I thought you said your dog does not bite!!!! The Lady replied - "That's not my dog!!!!"


lesson - Never assume.


“Give me a sentence starting with ‘I’, Mandy.” “Yes Maam. ‘I’ is.....” “No, no, no Mandy. You don’t say ‘I is,’ you say ‘I am’ “All right Maam, I am the 9th letter of the alphabet.”


Lesson - Listen to understand, not reply


The next time you hear a joke, don’t just laugh at it, learn from it too.







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