A captain and three of his crewmates are the only survivors of shipwreck. They are adrift on their lifeboat for many days until one of the crew dies of exposure. The other two crewmembers use their cutlasses to poke holes through him so his corpse will sink and not attract sharks. The remaining two crewmembers are starving. One morning when the captain wakes up, one crewmember has died and sunk. The remaining crewmember is cooking over a very small fire. “Captain! An albatross landed for long enough to be killed; we have food!” The meat, they agree, is the best they have ever tasted. Luckily, they are soon rescued. Many years later, the captain hears of a restaurant serving albatross. He orders it, but after taking one bite he goes home and kills himself. Why?
He realizes that he ate his crewmate.
An Italian judge released a guilty man and convicted an innocent man. As a result, the confectionery industry has greatly benefited. Why?
The Italian was Pontius Pilate, who released Barabbas and condemned Jesus to die at easter time. Every year, Easter is marked by the sale of millions of chocolates worldwide.
One day earlier, little Oscar had mailed an order form for a wanted toy. Now he was constantly pestering his mother to let him check the mail. Suddenly, looking out the window at the apartment complex mailboxes, he shouted: “The mail is in! The mail is in!” Neither he, nor his mother, had seen a mail carrier, mail truck, or any activity near the mailboxes. But Oscar was right; it was in. How had he known?
Did the mailboxes have big pods nearby so that a mail carrier could put a parcel in one of them, and the key to that pod in that resident’s mailbox? Yes.
Can salt be recycled? How?
Bread recipes customarily call for small amounts of salt. By kneading up the dough vigorously, working up a sweat, one can add previously-eaten salt to the dough, so it will be eaten again.
Steve hangs out in the bad part of town, and he loves to drink beer. He is often seen gesturing violently with both hands, as he talks in a loud voice, even though no one else is nearby. Sometimes he repeats himself three or four times. Although police officers routinely lock up people who drink as much as Steve does, and walk around talking to no one, they always leave Steve alone. What is Steve doing while he gestures with his hands?
Steve is wearing a wireless headset. He is talking on his mobile phone.
A man was stabbed in the heart. No one tried to save him, but he didn’t die. How dat possible?
He’s already dead. Since he was dead, no one tried to “save” him.
A man is able to contact his long-lost brother, whom he has never met. They agree to meet, when the brother arrives, he is able to instantly pick him out from the crowd.
If you are running a race, and pass the second-place person, what place are you in?
In what year did Christmas and New Years fall in the same year?
Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on earth?
Still Mt. Everest, because it doesn’t matter; nothing matters.