Laughter is good medicine.
In contrast to many other types of medicine, it does not require a doctor's prescription, and there is very little danger of overdose. Best of all, the price is right; it's cost-effective.
As Dr. Michael Obenski has illustrated each month, laughter is such a good medicine that, even if we take it in such small doses as smiling or cheerfulness, we will benefit.To readers of this month's Diagnote, I hope you find humor in the following stories. As with most things we encounter, whether you do or don't is your choice. If they cause you to smile, please pass them on to a colleague or member of the veterinary health-care team in your clinic or hospital.
And please consider brightening my day by e-mailing me one of your favorite jokes or humorous stories.
1. Where are you from?
A Texas cowboy lay sprawled across three seats in the center of the auditorium of the posh Amarillo theater. When the usher came by, he whispered, "Sorry, sir, but you're only allowed one seat."
The cowboy groaned but didn't budge.
The usher became more impatient. "Sir, if you don't get up from there, I'm going to have to call the manager."
The cowboy just groaned.
The usher marched briskly back up the aisle. In a moment he returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the cowboy, but without success. Finally, they summoned the police.
The cop surveyed the situation briefly, then asked, "All right, Buddy, what's your name?"
"Sam," the cowboy moaned.
"Where are ya from, Sam?"
With pain in his voice, Sam replied, "the balcony."
2. Who is cuckoo?
Pam is appearing on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" with Regis Philbin.
Regis: "Pam, you're up to $500,000 with one lifeline left: phone-a-friend. The next question is worth $1 million. If you get it right, you will be a millionaire. If you get it wrong, you drop back to $32,000. Are you ready?"
Regis: "Which of the following birds does not build its own nest? A) robin, B) sparrow, C) cuckoo, or D) thrush."
Pam: "I'd like to phone a friend. I'd like to call Carol."
Carol answers the phone: "Hello?"
Regis: "Hello, Carol, this is Regis Philbin from 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire.' I have your friend Pam here who needs your help to answer the million-dollar question. The next voice you hear will be Pam's..."
Pam: "Carol, which of the following birds does not build its own nest? A) robin, B) sparrow, C) cuckoo, or D) thrush."
Carol: "Oh, Pam. That's simple. It's a cuckoo."
Pam: "Are you sure?"
Carol: "I'm sure."
Regis: "Pam, you heard Carol. Now you must choose. Do you keep the $500,000 or play for a million?"
Pam: "I want to play; I'll go with C) cuckoo."
Regis: "Is that your final answer?"
Regis: "Are you confident?"
Pam: "Yes; I think Carol's pretty smart."
Regis: "You said C) cuckoo, and you're right! Congratulations, you have just won $1 million!"
To celebrate, Pam flies Carol to New York. That night they go out on the town. As they're celebrating, Pam looks at Carol and asks, "Tell me, how did you know that it was the cuckoo that does not build its own nest?"
Carol answered, "That's easy, everybody knows they live in clocks."