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Surely you jest: The three pints

Posted by John McIntyre at 7:28 AM | | Comments (4)


May I brag about getting a live personal performance of this?

I have no doubt that Robert the Single One would have appreciated this. Thank you, Professor.

Good one! Hadn't heard that one before.

Hmm, that's a new variant on me. My wife's family is half Irish, and they always told that joke like so:

* The Englishman calls over the bartender and says, "Barkeep, there's a fly in my beer. Please replace it."

* The Scotsman says "Waste not, want not". He picks the fly out of the beer, throws it away, goes on drinking.

* The Irishman grabs the fly by the back legs and shakes it, hollering "Spit it out, ya bastard! Spit it out!"

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