Laughter: The Universal Language – #118

Sorry for the Irish stereotype in this post… sorry – er, oh wait, that’s a Canadian stereotype! 😄
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Photo (cc) by Chee Meng Au Yong

So: 53,000 Irishmen meet for the ‘Irish Are Not Stupid’ convention. Paddy Mcloughlin addresses the crowd:

‘We are all here today to prove to the world that the Irish are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer please?’

Mick O’Rourke gingerly works his way through the crowd and steps up to the stage.
Paddy asks him ‘What is 15 plus 15?’

After 15 or 20 seconds Mick says, ‘Forty!’

‎Obviously everyone is a little disappointed. Then the Irishmen start chanting, ‘Give him another chance! Give him another chance!’

Paddy says, ‘Well since we have a capacity crowd, world-wide press and global broadcast media here, I think we can give him another chance.’

So he asks Mick, ‘What is 5 plus 5?’

After many seconds Mick eventually says, ‘ Twelve?’

‎Paddy looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh.

Everyone is disheartened and Mick starts crying.

But then the 53,000 Irishmen begin to yell and wave their hands shouting, ‘Give him another chance! Give him another chance!’

Paddy, unsure whether he is now doing more harm than good, finally says, ‘OK then, Mick, what is 2 plus 2?’

Silence hangs over the stadium.

Mick closes his eyes, and, after contemplating it for a full minute, says, ‘Four?’

‎Pandemonium breaks out throughout the stadium as they all stand, wave their arms, stomp their feet, and scream:

‘Give him another chance! Give him another chance!’

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