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Luck of the English

3 Irishmen and 3 Englishmen are travelling by train to a conference. At the station, the 3 Englishmen each buy tickets and watch as the 3 Irishmen buy only a single ticket. “How are 3 people going to travel on only one ticket?” asks one Englishman. “Watch and you’ll see,” answers one Irishman. They all board the train. The Englishmen take their respective seats but all three Irishmen cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.

Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on. The Englishmen saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea.

So after the conference, the Englishmen decide to copy the Irishmen on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Irishmen don’t buy a ticket at all. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” says one perplexed Englishman. “Watch and you’ll see,” answers a Irishman.
When they board the train the 3 Englishmen cram into a restroom and the 3 Irishmen cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the Irishmen leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the Englishmen are hiding.

He knocks on the door and says, “Ticket, please.”


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