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A young couple decided to wed. As the big day approached, they
grew apprehensive. Each had a problem they had never before shared
with anyone, not even each other.
The Groom-to-be, overcoming his fear, decided to ask his father for
advice. "Father," he said, "I am deeply concerned about the success
of my marriage. I love my fiancée, very much, but you see, I have very
smelly feet, and I'm afraid that my future wife will be put off by
"No problem," said dad, "all you have to do is wash your feet as
often as possible, and always wear socks, even to bed." Well, to
him this seemed a workable solution.
The bride-to-be, overcoming her fear, decided to take her problem
up her mom. "Mom," she said, "When I wake up in the morning my
breath is truly awful." "Honey," her mother consoled, "everyone has
bad breath in the morning." "No, you don't understand. My morning
breath is so bad, I'm afraid that my new husband will not want to
sleep in the same room with me."
Her mother said simply, "Try this. In the morning, get straight
out of bed, and head for the bathroom and brush your teeth. The
key is, not to say a word until you've brushed your teeth. Not a
word," her mother affirmed. Well, she thought it was certainly worth
The loving couple were finally married in a beautiful ceremony.
Not forgetting the advice each had received, he with his perpetual
socks and she with her morning silence, they managed quite well.
That is, until about six months later.
Shortly before dawn, the husband wakes with a start to find that
one of his socks had come off. Fearful of the consequences, he
frantically searches the bed. This, of course, woke his bride and
without thinking, she immediately asks, "What on earth are you
"Oh, no!" he gasped in shock, "You've swallowed my sock!"