Time


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An 'American' tourist couple, both sociologists, were walking the
streets of a small town in Saudi Arabia. It was nearing the middle of the day
and they didn't want to miss lunch at their ramshackle hotel--the only one
in town and which always served meals promptly. They came upon an old
herder perched on a stool beside his camel. "Excuse me, sir," the man asked,
"but could you tell me the time?"

The old man glanced at them, spat in the dirt, then turned and reached
under his camel....and hefted the animal's testicles. After a moment,
he released them. "It is 10 minutes before noon," he replied. The couple
exchanged confused looks, thanked the man and hurried back to their
hotel, arriving just in time for the meal.

Later that day, the wandering couple found themselves again on the same
street and spied the old herder perched beside his camel, apparently
unmoved. Curious as to how he could tell time by fondling his animal's
balls they approached him and asked again, "Sir, can you tell us the
time?"

They watched closely as he again reached up and grabbed the camel's
jewels, seemingly judging their weight, then pronounced, "It is
half-past four."

The couple excitedly exchanged looks. The woman blurted, "Oh, sir!
That is an amazing ability you have! Could you show us how you do it?!?

"Surely," the herder responded tiredly, and motioned them to squat
beside him. "Now, grasp his jewels gently and lift them up to his belly." The
woman did so while her companion watched. "What now?", she inquired.

"Now," said the old man, "look over there -- can you now see the clock in
the far tower? When the big hand is on the......."





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