The Humor Corner

Welcome to the Humor Corner (HC). Check back to catch your Jewish chuckle, giggle, snicker, hoot, snort, cackle, chortle, guffaw, hysterics jitter, or double up of the day.

Of course, HC comes with the usual disclaimers. CBHT is not responsible for any after effects …except for helping you feel better, lighter of head and tummy, and throughout the day flashbacks of what you read and chortled over.

    Humor Corner - June-July 2019

    An elderly man refuses to leave for the air raid shelter until he can find his dentures. His wife yells at him,
    "What, you think they are dropping sandwiches?"


    Q: Is one permitted to ride in an airplane on Sabbath?
    A: Yes, as long as your seat belt remains fastened. In this case,
    it is considered that you are not riding, you are wearing the plane.


    Israelis view of themselves:

    An Israeli, a Brit, a Russian, a Vietnamese man
    and an American are sitting in a restaurant.

    A reporter comes by and asks. "Excuse me, but can I get your opinion
    on the recent grain shortage in the third world?"

    The Brit asks: "What's 'shortage'?"
    The Vietnamese asks: "What's 'grain'?"
    The Russian asks: "What's an 'opinion'?"
    the American asks: "What's the third world?"
    The Israeli asks: "What's 'excuse me'?"

    ...and you ask?


    Humor Corner - May 2019

    Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

    A little comedy can even lift the darkest mood – and now it appears that a good laugh can work wonders for the body too.

    Researchers have uncovered the most conclusive evidence yet of a link between laughter and the ability to fight disease.

    In a study the researchers found roaring with laughter can boost the immune system up to 40%. They now believe health professionals should look more seriously at humor as a complementary therapy.

    The research at Indiana State University involved 33 healthy women, half of whom watched a comedy video together, while the others watched a dull video on tourism. The comedy watchers could choose from films starring comedy stars, Tim Allen. Robin Williams and others. When the films were over, scientists took samples of the women’s immune cells, known as natural killer cells, and mixed them with cancer cells to see how effectively they attacked the disease.

    They found that the women who had found the comedy funny enough to laugh out loud had significantly healthier immune systems afterwards than those who had watch the tourism film.

    Dr. Mary Bennet, the lead researcher, said, “This could be clinically important. The use of humor to stimulate laughter could be an effective complimentary therapy to decrease stress and improve the natural killer cell activity in persons with viral illness or cancer.”

    Humor workshops are already marketed for self-healing and stress relief. Complementary health experts believe this research shows the need for more services.

    Edzard Ernst, Britain’s only professor of complementary medicine, said: “there is increasing evidence that laughter does more than just improve the mood. It is already being used in some pediatric wards. They bring people in to cheer up the kids. There is scope to expand this. We laugh too little.”

    This article appeared in the Evening Standard, London, 10 April 2003.

    Don’t stop now. Read more from 2017


    Humor Corner - March 2019

    If you could have but one book in your life, what would it be?
    One person's answer, after a long deliberation with herself, is at the end.

    Mrs. Fein received a sternly worded notice from her bank that her checking account was overdrawn.

    Embarrassed, Ms. Fein sat right down, wrote a note of apology, and sent them a check.

    "Live it up while you can, advised the spendthrift. Money is for the good of life, Who needs it lying around in a bank."

    "But, don't you believe in putting something aside for a rainy day?" asked the frugal companion."

    "Of course not came the quick retort. Name me someone who ever really benefited for that rainy day?"

    After a moment of silence or two, "ever heard of Noah?"

    Answer to "if you could have but one book,"
    the answer was "I'd take a checkbook!."

    From Jewish Humor in America, Spalding


    Humor Corner - January 2019

    Julius: How many Commandments are there?

    Julia: Ten, of course

    Julius: What would happen if you,-er- well- you know- if you broke one of them?

    Julia (encouraging): So, there'd be nine.


    Poetry time for young lovers:

    A romantic Jewish young Mr.
    Had a girl and he often KR
    But he asked her to wed,
    and she solemnly said:
    "I can never be more than your Sr."

    Both from Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor
    From Biblical Times to the Modern Age
    Compiled and edited by Henry D. Spalding


    Humor Corner - November 2018

    One to smile. One to chuckle.

    A Jewish denizen of New York’s lower East Side visited his country cousin, a dairy farmer in Connecticut. The cousin proudly showed his relative the new barn.

    “Say, what kind of cow do you call that?” exclaimed the city chap. “I never saw one like it before.”

    “That’s a cross between a Guernsey and a Holstein. It’s called a Goldstein.”

    The city cousin grinned. “Next you’ll tell me it doesn’t give milk, only sour cream".

    “Not at all,” answered the witty famer. “Instead of saying ‘moo,”, this Goldstein says ‘nu-u-u?”


    TV star Danny Thomas, a Lebanese, who told Jewish joke better than most Jews, claimed he bought a parrot from an Israeli Seaman.

    Every morning swore Danny, the parrot would shout, "Polly wants a matzah!”

    And from

    Ode to Thanksgiving

    To our national birds
    The American Eagle
    The Thanksgiving Turkey
    May one give us peace in all our states
    And the other a piece for all our plates

    …and from Humor Corner

    “May you share love and laughs at your Thanksgiving table.”


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