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An old joke from back in the day, in the classic genre of 3 improbable people in a ridiculous situation….

A hippie, a priest and Henry Kissinger were in an airplane......

A hippie, a priest and Henry Kissinger were in an airplane, when the engines failed and everyone had to bail out immediately.  Unfortunately, the plane only had 2 parachutes for the three of them. Who should get them?  Henry Kissinger said, “Since I am a genius and the world needs my  unparalleled mental acuity, I must have a parachute for the betterment of mankind (sic).”  With that, he jumped out of the plane.  The priest looked at the hippie and said, “I am old and have lived a righteous life.  I am not afraid of meeting my Maker.  You are young and have your whole life in front of you.  You take the parachute.”  The hippie replied, “No sweat Father, we can both be saved. The genius just jumped out of the plane with my backpack!”

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  1. Yep, I’ve heard it before. How about this one.

    What did the saloonkeeper say when a Jew and a Black man walked into his Atlanta bar?

    Hello Senators!

  2. Dave Ventre says:

    That reminds me of the chemist, the biologist and the engineer being sent to the guillotine….

  3. Laughed all the way down he did.

  4. Risa Nye says:

    You got an LOL out of me!

  5. Betsy Pfau says:

    Good one, Khati!

    And Dana – that one’s been floating around since the election, but still makes me smile!

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    Thanks for making me laugh this morning. Great joke!

  7. Jim Willis says:

    Love it, Khati! And, for some reason, I’ve never heard it before! I did hear this one, though: A priest, a politician, and an engineer are set to be executed by guillotine. The priest goes first and asks to be placed looking up to see his God. The blade comes down and inexplicably stops inches from his neck. The assembled crowd sees it as a divine act of mercy and demands he be set free. Next up: the politician. He’s no fool and makes the same request as the priest, with the same result. Last up is the engineer, who assumes the same pose, looking up. But when he sees the blade above before it’s released, he shouts to the executioner, “Hold it! I think I see the problem!”

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