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It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again – that came round fast! – brought to us as always by Rochelle. The photo, to which we write a 100 word story, has this week been contributed by Douglas M. Macilroy.

Quite a fun photo this one, so I’ll leave the horror and my current penchant for demonic possession alone for this week! Here’s a bit of silliness instead.

To read all the other stories, click on the little blue froggy below.


Copyright Douglas M. Macilroy

“So, a diver, a carpenter and a lawyer walk into a living room…”

“You mean bar.”

“Say what?”

“A diver, a carpenter and a lawyer walk into a bar.”

“Who’s telling this joke?”

“Well, excuse me.”

“May I continue?”

“If you must.”

“So, a diver, a carpenter and a lawyer walk into a living room, and the kid says, ‘What are you guys doing here?’”

“What kid?”

“The kid in the living room. Right, so the guys look at each other and then the diver says – oh boy, this is hilarious, you’re gonna love this – the diver says…“

Aw darn, that’s my 100 words all used up. Hey, I didn’t make the rules.

What did the diver say? Was it really hilarious? Do we care? Tune in again, same time next week, for a completely different story with no diver, living room and still no punchline!

  1. April 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    A genuinely senseless joke. My favorite kind because are there really any sensible jokes?


    • April 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      I guess a sensible joke would be an oxymoron.


  2. NotAPunkRocker
    April 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    This sounds suspiciously like when I try to tell a joke…only funnier. 🙂


    • April 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I know very few actual jokes as I can never remember how they go 🙂


  3. April 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    you are a horrible tease Alistair!


  4. April 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Lol…well you were right, that was definitely silly. (made me LOL)


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:01 am

      I thought it was time for some craziness after all my recent demonic possessions 🙂


  5. April 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I actually laughed out loud, very clever 😉


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:02 am

      I’m glad you liked it – sometimes an aborted joke is better than the whole thing 🙂


  6. April 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    This honestly sounds like a joke my husband would tell – or try to tell. Good job.


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:09 am

      My mum also has a habit of never quite getting through the entire joke 🙂


  7. April 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    What a tease…oh, you were saved by the word limit! This time. Ha ha. I can’t even come up with a punchline….This gave a chuckle. Thanks!


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I can’t think of a punchline either 🙂
      I’m glad you got a chuckle out of it.


  8. April 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Saved by the word limit! Now your next 100 word challenge would have to be the end of the story..? 🙂


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Uh oh. I’d best get my thinking cap on!


  9. April 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

    I was thankful that this wasn’t a story about a husband punching his wife, which is what I suspected when I saw the title. (I just finished a novel that had abuse in it, which may account for that.) So the non-joke was a real relief.



    • April 17, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Domestic abuse makes me too mad to ever write a story about it I think, so you’re fairly safe with my stories! Now, demon possessions and random killings, that I can do 🙂


  10. April 17, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I must know the punchline! Do I need to put another quarter in the slot?


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

      I must know the punchline too! After you with the quarters 🙂


      • April 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

        I’ve already put four quarters in! (Bangs on machine) Come on!!!!


  11. April 17, 2014 at 5:34 am

    That was funny Al. 🙂 It was funny even without the punchline. Well written. You say you don’t know many jokes, but you have a great sense of humor. 🙂


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Thank you!
      I can do humour “off the cuff”, I just can’t ever remember actual jokes 🙂


  12. April 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

    why you little…. LOL 🙂
    that was very clever actually 🙂


    • April 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Hee hee, thanks 🙂
      I knew that word limit was going to come in handy one of these days.


  13. April 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Nice one. Now I really want to know what he said!


  14. April 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I am bitterly disappointed. The FF stories are supposed to have a beginning, middle and END. 😦


    • April 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Me too, I wanted to know what the punchline was 😦


  15. April 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    some kind of silly, but it worked for me. 🙂


    • April 18, 2014 at 4:08 am

      I thought it was time for a little bit of silly this week 🙂


  16. April 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Loved it – except that I resemble that remark! My problem is, I get 3/4 of the way into a joke and forget the punchline! *roll eyes* Very believable dialogue.


    • April 18, 2014 at 4:08 am

      I’m the same way with jokes.


  17. April 18, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Sort of similar to life, I’ve a few things hanging just around waiting for me to decide what to do.


  18. April 18, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Sometimes the build up is better than the punch line anyway. 🙂


    • April 18, 2014 at 7:02 am

      True, the punchline is often quite disappointing. So I decided not to bother with one 🙂


  19. April 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Dear Ali,

    It seems your mother and mine had something in common. 😉 Mom couldn’t tell a joke to save her life. She’d start out and then forget the punchline. That in itself made us laugh.

    I still don’t forgive you for leaving me dangling…just so you know. Cute.




    • April 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      My Mum usually gets half way through and then asks Dad, and Dad says “don’t ask me, you’re telling it”.
      Sorry to keep you all dangling, but it’s probably better than any punchline I would come up with 🙂


      • April 18, 2014 at 8:28 am

        It’s all right. You brought back a happy memory. My mom’s been gone for over 30 years now and I still miss her.


        • April 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

          I’m sorry to hear that but I’m glad you have happy memories of her.


  20. April 19, 2014 at 6:36 am

    OMG!!! That’s so corny lol. Nice 🙂


  21. Sun
    April 20, 2014 at 1:21 am

    silly you and silly me thinking the punchline would be written at the end… ha-aha!! clever!


    • April 20, 2014 at 4:08 am

      I’ve never been able to finish a joke 🙂


  22. April 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Damn that word count! 😀


    • April 21, 2014 at 5:48 am

      I usually make it fit but alas, this time it was not to be 🙂


  23. April 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    ROFL!This was just too bad of you DR- I hate to be left hanging-my arms are not strong enough -even if I could get a strong rope to hang from ,that is 😀


  24. April 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Haha, not fair! Come now, you must tell us- what did the diver say?! We’re ready to give you a few more words for that 😀


    • April 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

      If only I actually had a punchline 🙂


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