“The Monk Joke”

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night? The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a very strange sound. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.

The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way. Some years later, The same man breaks down in front of the same monastery. The monks again accept him, feed him, and again fix his car. That night, he hears the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier. The next morning, he asks what it is, but the monks reply, We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.

The man says, All right, all right. I’m dying to know.

If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?

The monks reply, You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles, when you find these numbers, you will become a monk. The man sets about his task. Some 54 years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery.

He says, I have traveled the earth and have found what you have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth.

The monks reply, Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound.

The monks lead the man to a wooden door where the head monk says, The sound is right behind that door. The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked.

He says, Real funny. May I have the key? The monks give him the key, and he opens the door. Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone.

The man demands the key to the stone door. The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby. He demands another key from the monks, who provide it.

Behind that door is another door, this one made of sapphire, And so it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, This is the last key to the last door.

The man is relieved to know that he has finally reached to the end .

He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is amazed to find the source of that strange sound.  Having finally learned the source, a profound peace encompasses him and he lives the rest of his life happy and fulfilled.

The End.








What’s that?  You want to know the source of the sound?

How should I know? I’m not a monk.



Remember: The best way to make a joke like this funny is to tell it to someone else! 🙂  As always, thanks for reading, and you’re welcome!

Happy Friday!

-Humble Dave

What’s your favorite 404 page?

Ahh, the dreaded “Error 404: Page Not Found” message.  Most of us have seen one, and usually they’re lame.  Oh so lame.  But occasionally a clever web dev or some kind of internet leprechaun will take advantage of the opportunity and create something really special.  Something that makes you smile when you’d normally just be frustrated that you can’t look at the cat pictures you were searching for.

I guess I should take one moment, before sharing my favorite 404 page, to address those who have never seen nor heard of this phenomena.  I can only assume that this is also your first time on the internet.  Welcome!  The internet is a strange and mysterious place filled with wonders and horrors alike.  In fact, some of the wonders are actually horrifying.  An Error 404 happens when your computer was able to leap across the internet and talk to the computer you’re looking for, but the page you’re seeking just isn’t there.  It used to be just a boring old message on a white screen.  But not always.

Here’s my favorite, from the website meh.com.

Meh-404Above is just a screenshot of their 404 page and the playable video is below (you’ll need some volume for this)

I never get tired of that.  What a clever way to turn a negative (page error) into a positive and entertaining time!  And there are a whole BUNCH of great 404 pages out there.  Share yours in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading, and you’re welcome.

Living the Dream,
Humble Dave

Obscure Movies You’ll Love – Midnight Madness

I’m thinking about starting a new themed series in my blog entitled “Obscure Movies You’ll Love.”  I’m going to pick movies you probably never heard of but should definitely watch.  Why, you ask?  Why should you watch these movies?  Great question.  What else do you have to do?

My first pick is Midnight Madness, a wonder from 1980.  It’s also Michael J. Fox’s big screen debut.  Yeah, he had a few TV spots in the ’70’s and one “made for TV movie” but… meh.  This is the one that counts.


It’s about a city-wide scavenger hunt with 5 teams broken down by the stereotypical ’80’s themes: Nerds, Jocks, Sorority Girls, Good Guys (we play fair!), Bad Guys (Cheat cheat cheat!).  Come on, tell me you aren’t already looking forward to this!

They follow the clues from place to place until one team wins the big prize!  What is it?  It’s


No, I’m not going to ruin it.  I will tell you that this movie has it all: Edge of your seat action, clever puzzles, exciting surprises, a giant light-up map board, big-breasted girls on roller skates, beer, teen-angst, state-of-the-art technology, MJ Fox, and Flounder from Animal House!

Go watch it.  You’re welcome!

Living the Dream,
Humble Dave