Joke 573

17 Oct
Monkeys in new hats

Monkeys in new hats (Photo credit: kanu101)

From puppetsandstuff.

There was once a hat-seller who passed a forest on his way back from the market.  The weather was very hot and so he decided to take a nap under a tree, leaving his basket of hats by his side.

When he woke some hours later, he noticed all his hats had gone.  He heard noises in the tree and he looked up. To his surprise, the tree was full of monkeys, and they had taken the hats.

The hat-seller began to think of how he could get the hats back.  He thought and thought and absentmindedly scratched his head.  The next moment, he realised that the monkeys were doing the same action.

He took off his own hat and saw the monkeys do exactly the same.  An idea came to him: he took his hat and threw it on the floor.  The monkeys copied him and the hat-seller got all of his hats back. 

Fifty years later, his grandson, Jack, also became a hat-seller.  One day, just like his grandfather, he passed by the same forest, it was very hot, and he took a nap under the same tree and left the hats on the floor.  Jack woke up and saw that all of his hats were gone.  He looked up and realised that the monkeys had taken the hats.  Jack had heard his grandfather’s story many times  so he started scratching his head; the monkeys scratched their heads.

Jack took off his hat and fanned himself; again the monkeys copied.  Jack threw his hat on the floor but, to his surprise, the monkeys held on to their hats.

Suddenly, one monkey climbed down the tree, grabbed the hat on the floor, gave Jack a slap and said, ” Do you think you’re the only one to have a grandfather?”



23 Responses to “Joke 573”

  1. katharinetrauger October 17, 2012 at 04:07 #



  2. Hudson Howl October 17, 2012 at 04:17 #

    I needed a smile, takes my hat off to you.


  3. terry1954 October 17, 2012 at 04:17 #

    that was a funny one!!


  4. mlissabeth October 17, 2012 at 04:21 #

    The first part of the Joke was a children’s story I loved as little kid. I think is was called “Hat’s for Sale.”


  5. Kay's Musings October 17, 2012 at 04:46 #

    I love this! I used to read Caps For Sale to my first graders. Too funny.


  6. jmgoyder October 17, 2012 at 05:02 #

    Never heard this one before – hilarious!


  7. siggiofmaine October 17, 2012 at 05:46 #

    Sigh. Loved it. But still a sigh.☺


  8. vivinfrance October 17, 2012 at 08:04 #

    That’s so sweet!


  9. sharechair October 17, 2012 at 11:09 #

    Ha! I was waiting for the punch line… couldn’t anticipate it. Funny!


  10. viveka October 17, 2012 at 20:30 #

    Wonderful ….. !!! Thanks a million!


  11. happyflowerwordzoo002 October 17, 2012 at 21:33 #

    Thank-you for the belly laugh 🙂


  12. slpmartin October 18, 2012 at 00:14 #

    Oh…I had to chuckle about that one my friend.


  13. adinparadise October 18, 2012 at 01:38 #

    Cute story! 🙂


  14. benzeknees October 18, 2012 at 07:16 #



  15. Grannymar October 18, 2012 at 20:16 #

    I love hat stories, May I steal this one?


  16. Perfecting Motherhood October 19, 2012 at 02:39 #

    Haha, I didn’t see that one coming.



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