Laugh­ter, the Best Medicine


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1940s The nurse beck­oned to one of a group of ex­pec­tant fa­thers at the hos­pi­tal and an­nounced, “You have a fine son.”

An­other man im­me­di­ately rushed up and com­plained, “What’s the idea? I was here be­fore he was!” SOUTH­ERN TELE­PHONE NEWS, RD NOVEM­BER 1947 A house­wife was look­ing over the new maid’s ref­er­ences. “Do you think you will set­tle down here?” she asked. “You seem to have left a good many places.”

The girl smiled con­fi­dently. “Yes ma’am,” she replied. “But I didn’t leave any of them vol­un­tar­ily.” TIT-BITS, RD APRIL 1948

It had been a ter­ri­ble sea­son for the lo­cal foot­ball team, and a friend was try­ing to cheer up the coach. “At least you’ve taught the boys good sports­man­ship,” he com­forted. “They’re cer­tainly good losers.”

“Good!” growled the coach. “Why, they’re per­fect!” WOODMEN OF THE WORLD MAG­A­ZINE, RD FE­BRU­ARY 1949 “For the last time,” a hus­band shouted to­wards the bed­room, “are you ready to go?”

“For heaven’s sake, be quiet,” re­torted his wife. “I’ve been telling you for the last hour that I’ll be ready in a minute.” THE FUR­ROW, RD FE­BRU­ARY 1949 1950s A man met a friend he hadn’t seen for a long time. “Why Ge­orge,” he said, “you’ve changed! What’s mak­ing you look so old?”

“Try­ing to keep young,” said Ge­orge.

“Try­ing to keep young?” queried the man.

“Yes,” was the gloomy re­sponse, “nine of them.” THE WATCH­MAN EX­AM­INER, RD MARCH 1953 Sandy and Mac were hav­ing din­ner to­gether when, to Mac’s dis­gust, Sandy calmly helped him­self to the larger fish on the plat­ter.

“Fine man­ners you’ve got, Sandy,” Mac ad­mon­ished. “If I’d been in your

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