The Corner

It Helps If You Imagine a Yiddish Accent

My Dad writes, “If Derb can publish his bicycle pump ‘joke’ in the Corner, with nothing to do with math, then I think you should display the Lithuanian Yiddish herring joke, one of the oldest I know, and for some reason I think it would appeal to a professor of mathematics, or at the least a professor of logic:

“What’s green, hangs on a wall, and whistles?”

“I don’t know.”

“A herring.”

“But a herring isn’t green.”

“So, you paint it green.”

“But a herring doesn’t hang on a wall.”

“So, you hang it on a wall.”

“But a herring doesn’t whistle.”

“So, it doesn’t whistle.”


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