Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Sunday, May 27

The bet

A chap is getting ready to tee off on the first hole when another man approaches and asks if he can join him. "Sure," says the first man agreeably.

After the first two holes they seem to be evenly matched, so the second man suggests they play for a bit of money, say five dollars a hole. The first hesitates -- he doesn't like to bet -- but finally agrees to the terms.

The second man wins every one of the remaining sixteen holes. As they walk away from the eighteenth hole, he confesses that he is the local pro at a neighbouring course, and that he likes to pick on suckers.

Wouldn't that be the moment when the first chap reveals that he is the local parish priest?

Of course the second man gets all flustered and apologetic, and offers to give the priest back his money. "No," says the priest equably, "you won fair and square and I was foolish to bet with you. You keep your winnings."

The pro hems and haws, and finally asks if there was anything he could do to make it up?

"Well," says the priest pleasantly, "you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation. Then, if you bring your mother and father by after Mass, I will marry them for you."


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