1617. Shake, rattle, and roll

(This story is based on a joke originally told (I believe) by George Bernard Shaw (I believe.))

Of course earthquakes can be scary things. It wasn’t so much the possible devastation of an earthquake that got to Bruno as the fact that he’d just stepped out of the shower and ran like hell. He stood out on the road far enough from any possibly crumbling building. He had experienced many earthquakes and he’d hated every one of them.

Standing on the road he realized he was stark naked. He wasn’t even carrying a towel. Thank goodness the weather wasn’t cold, although it did mean that none of the neighbours had brought blankets or any item that Bruno could use.

Crowds built up. Everyone was saying “That was a biggie!” At last! A neighbour offered Bruno a cardigan.

“Here mate,” he said. “Cover yourself up.”

Bruno covered his face. Hopefully no one could recognize him now. No one did of course, until Fanny Dolan from just down the road asked in a fairly loud voice: “Why is Bruno standing there with no pants on and covering his face with a cardigan?”

9 thoughts on “1617. Shake, rattle, and roll

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      An acronym I never espied! Regarding the accompanying photograph – don’t you just hate these selfies? I found it difficult to take the photo – considering I had my eyes covered…


  1. noelleg44

    OMG, this made me laugh and brought back memories. One day at college (an all women’s place) I trotted down to the showers with my washcloth and no towel, naked because it was the middle of the day and who would care. When I finished washing, I heard male voices – looking out from the shower stall, I could see two men working on the pipes to one of the sink. What to do? I put the wash cloth over my face and ran out!

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