A Spontaneous Bad Joke Gone Harmlessly Wrong

As was mentioned in this article pertaining to the unusual weather pattern which resulted in a massive winter storm that has been affecting much of the United States and southern Canada, outside it’s cold, misty, and it’s raining — bonus worthless points if you can guess from which song that lyric came without searching the Internet — so I decided to venture out and simply pick up some fast food.

A Spontaneous Bad Joke Gone Harmlessly Wrong

A Burger King restaurant is located near where I am based; so I decided to use the drive-thru window and order two sandwiches for five dollars, as that is a special deal which is currently in effect — quick, easy, and inexpensive.

Ordering was simple; and I was asked to move forward to the second window, which I did after the vehicle in front of mine moved on.

The woman in the restaurant opened the window and said with a smile, “It’s five thirty”, meaning that I owed $5.30 cents inclusive of tax.

“I thought it was close to ten,” I replied — meaning that the time was close to 10:00 in the evening at that time.

“What?” she asked.

“You said that it’s five thirty. I said I thought it was close to ten.”

She stared at me with a blank look on her face.

I said, “Never mind. It was a bad joke. When you said that it’s five thirty, it sounded like you meant that the time was 5:30 in the afternoon; but the time is almost 10:00 right now.”

“Oh…” she replied hesitatingly. “I thought you wanted to upgrade to the meal deal.”

I don’t think she ever completely understood what I was saying or got my joke. I was hoping to get a laugh out of her — you know, to brighten her evening.


I enjoy making people laugh whenever possible — my sense of humor is spontaneous, deadpan, somewhat twisted, and unpredictable even to me, as my mind constantly races — and anyone who knows me can definitely picture me doing the aforementioned scenario.

I failed miserably this time around — but at least she did smile in the end.

Oh, well — I tried. It’s the thought that counts, I suppose…

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

8 thoughts on “A Spontaneous Bad Joke Gone Harmlessly Wrong”

  1. JakePB says:

    Hey, you gave it a shot…

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Yep. I tried, JakePB.

      I believe that to try and fail is usually better than not trying at all…

  2. NB_ga says:

    So… da ya think (you’re) sexy?!?!

    And I would appreciate something in the way of bonus points, worthless as they may be, as it is cold, misty, and raining here as well… although it beats the snow lashing most of the country is getting. Thanks for the giggle.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I do not think I am sexy by any stretch of the imagination, NB_ga

      …and I surmise that you guessed the song — but you never named it or the artist who sang it…

      1. NB_ga says:

        “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Rod Stewart. “Blondes Have More Fun” album. November 1978.

        To be fair, I did have to look up the exact release date and confirm the album name – although I am sure some people just know these things off the top of their head. I was correct but I doubted myself. It seems he donated the song proceeds to UNICEF as well. The things we learn when we go off on a tangent!

        1. Brian Cohen says:

          That is the correct response, NB_ga — and thank you for at least admitting that you had to look up some of the information…

  3. Thomas Potter says:

    its okay, every time someone tells me its 2:30, I respond with, “Better call a dentist!” and i often get the blank stare….

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The blank stare is probably because the person wants to extract himself or herself from having heard that sense of humor, Thomas Potter, instead of flossing over it, as it has a lot of bite to it.

      You know the drill…

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