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Simon

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This joke submitted by Lillian:

A Sunday-school teacher asks the class of young children, "What is little and gray, eats nuts, and has a big bushy tail?"

After a moment one child replies, "I know the answer's probably supposed to be Jesus, but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me."

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Marvin the Martian

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As a former Sunday School teacher, I must admit to liking this one! Virtually every question asked in one of those places does have the answer "Jesus" [Killing me] ...

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When I heard the joke it was a preacher giving a children's address. I thought that was funnier because that sort of thing happens all the time - a preacher trying to milk obvious answers out of reluctant children.
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When I heard it, it was a visiting preacher giving the children's address.

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I thought it was pretty funny. Our Sunday School curriculum (MCU, or something) insists on mentioning Jesus every three lines of every story, as if the kids would forget about Him if it didn't.

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Old, old, old. But the oldies are the goodies.

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I'm slightly influenced by the fact that when I see that joke I hear Mike Yaconelli delivering (a somewhat longer version of) the same joke with his usual panache for such things.

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Snorted out loud in the university library at this one. It may be old, but therefore I must be young, right [Big Grin]
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It's funny? [Confused]

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Look, now you've upset Pants, because she thought the answer really was Jesus. Have you no compassion? [Disappointed]

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[Killing me] <- Chorister!

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[Smile] A nice quick, throw-away quip.

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Alicïa
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Mildly amusing, made me LOL.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lady Alicia of Scouseland:
Mildly amusing, made me LOL.

Hopefully you won't read any really funny ones at work, then.

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Foolhearty
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Huh?

I guess we run our church school differently, then.

Left me cold. Read it twice to see if I'd missed the joke.

Didn't.

Wasn't funny.

[ 05. July 2005, 15:41: Message edited by: Foolhearty ]

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I have heard a number of variations on this. But they are funny, mainly because I know people for whom the only acceptable answer to any question seems to be Jesus.

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Flausa

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This didn't strike me as funny at all. It just feels like it's missing something. It seems to assume that everyone will understand the background, but I know very few people who actually would be familiar with the Sunday school experience.
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ChastMastr
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Actually from some of the things Adrian Plass talks about and an experience the cub and I had at a Vacation Bible School week at my own church, this hits home beautifully. (It was on the spiritual aspects of Harry Potter. "In the chess game, Ron sacrificed himself for his friends. Now, who else sacrificed himself for his friends? That's right, Jesus sacrificed himself for his friends..."

So really it's perfect!

[Killing me]

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MaryO
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I was at a Eucharist where the preacher was trying to tell a children's story as the sermon, and he had some difficulty getting it really going. About 5 minutes into it, a 5-year-old girl raised her hand, and when he called on her, she said (in a voice that could probably have been heard miles away), "What does this have to do with Jesus?"

The laughter took about another five minutes to die down.

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serena
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Oh man ... I think anyone who went through Sunday School or has ever tried to lead it must find that funny by virtue of experience ... I just snorted very loudly in a packed Computer Room at uni!

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That's odd, our vicar told this very joke at the beginning of his sermon last Sunday. Are you out there Reverend F? [Big Grin]

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That story gave me the creeps-I can still remember the strips our 1st grade teacher tore off Cathy Kirkpatrick (this is 30yrs ago but seems like yesterday) for being so rude as to ask what this story the teacher was relating had to do with maths-I think she had to stand in the corner for the rest of the year or something it stuck in my memory because I was wondernig the same thing and was just mighty glad I hadn't asked.
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I like it! It's funny because it points up an uncomfortable truth.

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Fantastic. Loved it. I'm in there snorting with all the other snorters. You have to have been there perhaps? Wide-eyed Sunday school teachers, enunciating their every word and exaggerating their actions like a silent movie (because for some reason people under the age of 8 cannot understand unless spoken to like this):

"...and who can tell me who that is?"

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This is the first joke that has made me laugh out loud up to now. It's probably based on a true story.

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I've known this story for a long time, and it does amuse me, but I only voted 2 because I don't see it as a joke.

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Reminds me of what my father used to say: "Christ is the answer. Now, what's the question?"

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Zeke
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Having been a preacher's kid and spent innumerable hours with innumerable Sunday School teachers, this made me laugh out loud. Too much like the real thing not to laugh.

(Once I asked a teacher to explain what circumcision was because I had no idea--her explanation was completely incoherent, and I later got into trouble for harassing the teacher)

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This one makes me laugh, because I've sat through far too many ridiculous, cutsey 'children's moments' and 'children's sermons' where well-meaning adults coax obvious answers out of reluctant children, and it brings back fond memories of the children who spoke back.
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quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
It's funny? [Confused]

It seems funny to me.

I used to be a Sunday School teacher as well.

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quote:
Originally posted by ChastMastr:
Actually from some of the things Adrian Plass talks about and an experience the cub and I had at a Vacation Bible School week at my own church, this hits home beautifully. (It was on the spiritual aspects of Harry Potter. "In the chess game, Ron sacrificed himself for his friends. Now, who else sacrificed himself for his friends? That's right, Jesus sacrificed himself for his friends..."

This story is actually far funnier than the joke!

Though I could get the punchline of the joke, having some experience teaching the little ones, I cannot say I found it enjoyable. In fact, unless someone had taught Sunday School, and therefore could immediately connect with that kids think all the answers are "Jesus" (which is often true), I think it would be very confusing. Why is the teacher mentioning a squirrel?

Also, all too many tired jokes (not religious) begin with "what is this colour...etc.", where it ends up being a stupid answer. One could be thrown off by this joke, expecting one of those pat answers.

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vagely amused, as it struck a few resonances! Now I run Sunday school though, it just serves as something to avoid!
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Kids just aren't that perceptive! (Maybe the REALLY bright ones are.) It sounds more like the kid is the one making the joke, but I doubt a kid would do that, except with the prompting of an adult or something.

Add to that the fact that only about 5% of people in western nations would get it and it's a pretty pointless exercise.

So it's not funny. And obviously not offensive.

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