Saturday, February 20, 2010

This Tickled My Funny Bone

This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.

He immediately phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I've just shot them all."

Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"


  1. Ha ha, I loved this. Now we just need to do similar things in our writing to capture the attention of our readers :)

  2. It all about priorities.
    He sure climbed to the top of their list much quicker than if he had gone around locking his doors and windows.
    Have you ever woken up and tried to write the details of your dream before you forget them? I used to sleep with my notebook and pen on the bedside table - seems it was just the book last night! Grr!

  3. Hehehe! Hilarious! I love a good joke in the morning.

  4. Tiana -- I'm glad you enjoyed. I'm not sure I can think of something as forceful as "shooting" people to grab my readers, but let me know if you find something that enticing.

    Elaine -- I've done that once or twice, but it's never come to much. My dream recall is sometimes excellent and sometimes quite shoddy. The notes would likely as not read "these people do this at that place you went with that other person." Not helpful.

    Stephanie, L.T., KAH -- Glad you liked it.