Joke 49

12 May

Two philosophers were in a restaurant, discussing whether there was a difference between misfortune and disaster.

“There is most certainly a difference,” said one. “If the cook suddenly died and we couldn’t have our dinner, that would be a misfortune – but certainly not a disaster. On the other hand, if a cruise ship carrying the Government was to sink in the middle of the ocean, that would be a disaster – but by no stretch of the imagination would it be a misfortune.”

9 Responses to “Joke 49”

  1. vivinfrance May 12, 2011 at 07:11 #

    The philosophers got it wrong: how could such an elegant solution to so many problems (specially if more than just one country’s rulers were aboard) be termed a disaster?
    No, I got it wrong. There must have been a few of ’em worth rescuing. Mustn’t there?

    Mind you, I suppose we’d only get more of the same as a replacement. I’m maundering. Take no notice.


    • Tilly Bud May 12, 2011 at 11:12 #

      I’m enjoying your maundering. I like to think there are more people in gvt who mean well than not. I’m probably wrong. I’m an optimist, but not deluded.


  2. earlybird May 12, 2011 at 08:06 #

    I’m not sure… any cook dying so that I didn’t get my dinner would definitely be a disaster!


  3. musings May 12, 2011 at 08:58 #

    This is fantastic. I love it. Thank you for sending me to bed in a good mood.


  4. mairedubhtx May 12, 2011 at 12:19 #



  5. nrhatch May 12, 2011 at 15:21 #


    It would be a disaster (in the short term, until we re-acclimate) . . . but hardly a misfortune in the long term.


  6. slpmartin May 12, 2011 at 16:28 #

    As they say “Ain’t that the truth!” 😉


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