Joke 509

14 Aug



Fisherman (Photo credit: sergej zlahtic / serzz)

Many years ago, a fisherman and his wife had twin sons, but they didn’t know what to name them. The husband said, “Let’s just wait. If we wait long enough, the names will simply occur to us.”

After several weeks, they noticed something peculiar about the children. When left alone, one boy would face the sea, and the other would face inland.  “Let’s call the boys Toward and Away,” suggested the fisherman, and his wife agreed.

Years passed, and one day the fisherman told his adult sons, “It’s time that you learned how to make a living from the sea.”  The fisherman and his sons provisioned their ship and set sail for a three-month voyage.

At the voyage’s end, the fisherman returned alone.  “What happened?” his wife cried.

“We were barely one day out to sea,” the fisherman explained solemnly,”when Toward hooked a great fish.  Toward fought long and hard, but the fish was great and strong.  For a whole week they wrestled upon the waves, yet eventually the great fish started to win the battle, and Toward was pulled over the side.  He was swallowed whole, and we never saw either of them again.

“Oh dear!” the wife cried.  “What a huge fish that must have been!  What a terrible fish!  What a horrible fish!”

“Yes, it was,” her husband sadly replied, “but you should have seen the one that got Away.”


11 Responses to “Joke 509”

  1. judithatwood August 14, 2012 at 06:25 #

    Boo, Hiss!!!!!!!! Good one!


  2. jmgoyder August 14, 2012 at 06:55 #



  3. vivinfrance August 14, 2012 at 07:31 #

    Groan, groan.


  4. restlessjo August 14, 2012 at 11:54 #



  5. sharechair August 14, 2012 at 13:39 #

    I’ve got to stop drinking my morning coffee while reading your posts. What a mess when I spit it out laughing!!


  6. misswhiplash August 14, 2012 at 15:25 #



  7. slpmartin August 14, 2012 at 18:27 #

    May I add one more groan to the chorus?


  8. viveka August 14, 2012 at 19:31 #

    This … I don’t really know what I feel about – lets say natural


  9. grannymar August 14, 2012 at 21:07 #



  10. Janie Jones August 19, 2012 at 02:04 #

    That’s a whale of a tale.


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