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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 98 03:30:42 -0800
Subject: Generic Jokes
Forwarded-by: Nev Dull <email@example.com>
A person belonging to an ethnic group whose members are commonly
considered to have certain stereotypical mannerisms met another person
belonging to a different ethnic group with a different set of imputed
stereotypical mannerisms. The first person acted in a manner consistent
with the stereotypes associated with his ethnic group, and proceeded to make
a remark which might be considered to establish conclusively his membership
in that group, whereupon his companion proceeded to make a remark with a
double meaning, the first meaning of which could be interpreted to indicate
his agreement with his companion, but the other meaning of which serves to
corroborate his membership in his particular ethnic group. The first person
took offense at his remark, and reacted in a stereotypical way!
Q: How many people belonging to a certain ethnic group does it take to
perform a particular menial activity?
A: A finite positive integer. One to perform the activity, and the rest
to behave in a manner stereotypical of their ethnic group!
© 1998 Peter Langston