WHAT CAUSES ARTHRITIS?*
A man smelling of booze and cigarettes sat down on a subway next to a
priest. His tie was stained, there was red lipstick on his collar and face
and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He
opened his newspaper and began reading.
After a few minutes, the man turned to the priest and asked, "Tell me
Father, do you happen to know what causes arthritis?"
The priest replied, "My son, it's caused by loose living, consorting with
cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man,
sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath."
The drunk muttered in response, "Well, I'll be damned", then returned to
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized.
"I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had
The man answered, "I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that
the Pope suffers from it."
MORAL: Make sure you understand the question before offering the answer.
I know, it's an oldie.