Two for the Road

JOKE OF THE WEEK, 18 Apr 2022

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates. When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so that everyone could hear: “Don’t pay for me Daddy, I’m under five.”


What happens if two men and a woman are stranded on a small island? If they are Spanish, the two men fight a duel, and one of them dies. If they are German, they have a strict rotation: Hans on odd days, Franz on even. If they are French, they live happily together in a ménage à trois. If they are British, they wait to be introduced. And if they are Russian, the woman loves one of the men, but marries the other, and all three are unhappy ever after.


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. Fischer was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University 1986-88, has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities, and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.


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