I Told A Joke A Day For A 1001 Days

19 Dec

…And then some!

When I set myself the challenge of telling you a joke a day for 1001 days, I’m not sure that I believed I could do it.  It seemed like a fun challenge but I can’t say I had a burning desire to complete it.  However, I plodded on; sometimes staying up late with a couple of matchsticks and glowing screen; sometimes scheduling them a week in advance.   Occasionally, because of computer or internet problems, I posted late…but I never missed a day!

I told puns and one-liners and shaggy dog stories.  I shared lists and cartoons.  I lifted stories from news sites, comedians, the telly, and other blogs.  I told jokes so bad, I had to give you another dozen to disguise them.  And I never missed a day.

When I was stuck for a topic, I looked around the room until something caught my eye, then I Googled it: jokes about computers; jokes about dogs; jokes about chairs.  I once shared this habit with you and I was challenged to find a joke about orange.  I found a hundred.  I have to say, I’m probably Google’s biggest fan.

Some of you love the jokes; some of you never read them.  I found it arduous at times to come up with something, but I kept on going for the diehards who wanted their joke for the day.  Thank you for making me post a joke a day.

There were times when I was ready to jack it in.  I have been tired and unwell this year and ready to take a break from blogging, but I had to post a joke a day. I plodded on.  Then I hit day 851: the bulk of the challenge was behind me; the end was almost in sight.  I was determined to reach the end.

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And I did!

I have to say it – I’m rather impressed with myself. Telling a joke a day doesn’t sound that difficult, but have you tried to find funny, clean jokes on the internet or elsewhere?  I swear, there isn’t one topic that cannot somehow be made grubby by those with the will to do it.  My eyes dropped and my chin boggled at some of the stuff I was forced to filter on your behalf.

But it was worth it.  Searching for laughter is always worth it.

Sharing the laughter – my reader-approved-by-poll tagline – is what this blog is all about and you helped me, beloved readers: you shared your jokes by email, post and comment; you re-blogged and pinned the best jokes; you tut-tutted at the duff puns and gently/forcefully steered me in the direction you wanted me to take.

Most of all, you laughed.  You commented.  You shared the laughter.

Thank you.  Thank you for your encouragement.  Thank you for your terrible (and sometimes terribly rude) jokes.  Thank you for your hilarious jokes.

Thank you for sharing the laughter.

Now, I’m going to take a month off blogging; and re-group.

And that’s no joke.

I have prepared a couple of end-of-challenge posts, to round things off; but there will be no jokes; no posts; no comments after this week.  

I apologise to new readers but something’s got to give.  I don’t want it to be my sanity.

To soften the blow, I will share my absolute favourite joke from the archive.  I laugh out loud every time I read it.  

A man was dining alone in a fancy restaurant and there was a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table.  He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezed, and her glass eye came flying out of its socket towards the man. He reflexively reached out, grabbed it out of the air, and handed it back.

‘Oh my, I am so sorry,’ the woman said, as she popped her eye back in place. ‘Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you.’

They enjoyed a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they went to the theatre, followed by drinks.  They talked, they laughed, she shared her deepest dreams and he shared his. She listened to him with interest.

After paying for everything, she asked him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful time.

The next morning, she cooked a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy was amazed. Everything had been so incredible!

‘You know,’ he said, ‘you are the perfect woman.  Are you this nice to every guy you meet?’

‘No,’ she replied.  ‘You just happened to catch my eye.’

38 Responses to “I Told A Joke A Day For A 1001 Days”

  1. xtrekki December 19, 2013 at 10:50 #

    The daily jokes have been much appreciated and will be sadly missed! I will look forward to their return in the New Year. Meanwhile – enjoy your Christmas break – you deserve the holiday!!


  2. Grannymar December 19, 2013 at 11:18 #

    We all need that break to recharge and regroup. Take your time and enjoy having the family together over Christmas.


  3. colonialist December 19, 2013 at 12:29 #

    Ending with a Scots joke. Och, eye!
    Sorry they have given you burnout, though. Still, you have earned a break;
    Help yourself to any of my splendid selection of Merry Christmases and Happy New Years!


  4. Janie Jones December 19, 2013 at 12:53 #

    You will be missed, but you definitely deserve a holiday! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year filled with laughter, good cheer and no colds!


  5. Bridgesburning Chris King December 19, 2013 at 13:02 #

    Good job! Take the time you need and we will wait in anticipation of your return and will miss you! Hugs. Chris


  6. bumblepuppies December 19, 2013 at 13:09 #

    Enjoy your vacation and we look forward to your return.


  7. Indira December 19, 2013 at 13:50 #

    You made us laugh for 1001 days continuously and its a great job. Thanks dear. Enjoy your vacation though we are going to miss you.


  8. lanceleuven December 19, 2013 at 13:56 #

    Congratulations!! That does sound like one hell of a challenge. It’s difficult to do anything for 1001 consecutive days. I find it hard enough getting out of bed that many days in a row. But thanks for perservering. And thanks for all the chuckles.

    Enjoy your well deserved rest. Have a wonderful Christmas, and see you in the New Year! 🙂


  9. katharinetrauger December 19, 2013 at 15:22 #

    Yay! You did it, indeed! I am forever indebted to you for this wellspring of ways I can impress my grandchildren with jokes (well, with some of these jokes! 😉 ) that I am not as old as they might think. Ha!
    Have a very blessed rest, Tilly, and return recharged! ❤ K


  10. katharinetrauger December 19, 2013 at 15:24 #

    And I love this particular one, which, with a tiny edit, will serve nicely as a dinner table joke! 😀


  11. mairedubhtx December 19, 2013 at 15:27 #

    I’m sad to see it go. You did a great job with these jokes. Thank you, Linda!


  12. laurieanichols December 19, 2013 at 15:49 #

    Tilly you should be proud of yourself, I am, finding clean jokes on a daily basis for 1001 days or 3 years is quite an accomplishment! I hope that you rest and regroup well during your month sabbatical. I’ll miss you of course and I hope that you emerge feeling energized and healthy. 😀


  13. sarsm December 19, 2013 at 15:58 #

    Thank you Tilly. You have so often brightened my morning and it always, always pays to start the day with a chuckle.
    I will miss you but have a wonderful and much earned holiday.


  14. misswhiplash December 19, 2013 at 16:06 #

    Aahhhh! Enjoy your well deserved rest…Have a good Christmas andvwe shall meet again next year


  15. thehutts December 19, 2013 at 16:25 #

    Thank you for your diligence – I didn’t read them all but knew where to find a laugh when I needed one! Enjoy a Happy Christmas without the stress of blogging. Sally


  16. slpmartin December 19, 2013 at 17:23 #

    Congrats on meeting the challenge…I’ve enjoyed many of the jokes.


  17. Janet Williams December 19, 2013 at 20:33 #

    Well done!!! You’ve been great – entertaining and laughing/teasing all along.

    Take care and hope you recharge over Christmas.

    Something has to go – I thought not another bad tooth?

    Re-group: Regrouping your fans — those who tell good jokes and those who can’t?

    Have a lovely, beautiful, peaceful, magical and truly blessed Christmas!


  18. sharechair December 20, 2013 at 02:22 #

    I’ve kind of stepped away myself. Not sure when I’m coming back. It’s not the blogging that makes me want to keep going, but the connections made with a few special bloggers …. and you, my dear, are one of those. Rest rest rest. I’m a bit worried about your health and hope you can kick whatever has been ailing you. Enjoy your holidays, Tilly, and take the time you need to re-group. Be gentle with yourself. 🙂


  19. Three Well Beings December 20, 2013 at 04:12 #

    You went out with a good joke, Tilly. I hope you’ll return with only one promise to yourself–blog often enough just to stay in touch. Now take care of yourself and perhaps you’ll enter January with renewed health and strength. That is what I hope for you. oxo


  20. viveka December 20, 2013 at 14:04 #

    Love your finishing of this mission – so looking forward to your re-grouping and see what you will come up with – I know we all will enjoy it – thanks for all the great jokes and big smiles .. and great laughter. You have done a fantastic job … so glad I landed here and will come back … in the future too. Thanks for being you, Linda.


  21. Rorybore December 20, 2013 at 20:37 #

    Bah!! you definitely ended with a great one!!
    congratulations on meeting your challenge. And I hope you don’t mind that people – for some unknown reason – think I am the funniest person ever. 😉


  22. benzeknees December 20, 2013 at 22:32 #

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday! But please, please don’t take too long – I look forward to finding a smile at your site! Having recently being diagnosed with COPD, I could really use the laugh from time to time! Hope you feel better with a bit of rest!


  23. Elaine - I used to be indecisive December 20, 2013 at 23:44 #

    Many congratulations! The marathon joke telling must have been like doing a… well, marathon. 🙂 I hope you have a relaxing Christmas and recharge your batteries for the new year.


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