Episode 211: Ancient Chinese Jokes 8 – Flatter And Humbleness

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Laugh is a world language. People from different cultures all have jokes and today we will continue the series in our podcast about ancient Chinese jokes and hope you can laugh or smile about it.

One of the most famous book of jokes is called XiaoFu 笑府 by the author Feng Menglong 冯梦龙, who was a Chinese writer and poet of the Ming dynasty, between the year 1574 ~ 1646. Today we will tell two jokes about flatter and being humble.

 

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The first joke says, two people met on the road. Person A like to flatter people and person is always being humble. Person B accidentally fell on the slippery rainy ground. Person A helped him get up and said, “the way you fell was so graceful. Nobody else could do it.” Person B replied, “thank you! I am not as good felling on the ground as you are.”

The second joke is always about two people. Person A like to flatter people and person is always being humble. Person A asked, “what’s your last name?” Person B was being humble, “no no. I am too naive and young to deserve a last name.” Person A said, “everyone has a last name.” Person B said, “the most tiny unremarkable last name of all. ” “What is it?” “Zhang” Person B finally replied. Person A said, “oh so your dad’s last name is also Zhang?” Person B said, “yes also Zhang.” Person A said, “wonderful! Wonderful! What an coincidence that the whole family all have the last name Zhang! ”

 

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Episode 210: Ancient Chinese Jokes 7 – The Year Of The Rat

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Laugh is a world language. People from different cultures all have jokes and today we will continue the series in our podcast about ancient Chinese jokes and hope you can laugh or smile about it.

One of the most famous book of jokes is called XiaoFu 笑府 by the author Feng Menglong 冯梦龙, who was a Chinese writer and poet of the Ming dynasty, between the year 1574 ~ 1646. This book was introduced in Japan during the Edo period 江户时期, between the year 1603~ 1868 and has been a great influence on Japanese humorous literature. Today we will tell a couple of Japanese jokes originating from a Chinese joke about being born in the year of rat.

 

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The first joke is from the book XiaoFu. In the book, it says, an official had birthday. All the people who worked for him collected money and bought a life sized rat made of gold as a gift. The official received the gift and was really happy and said, “you know my grandma’s birthday is coming soon. And she was born in the year of ox.”

 

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In the Japanese book Hanashibon taikei 噺本大系 from the year 1772, there is a similar joke. It says, a samurai and his servant were walking on the road and saw a dead rat. The samurai asked the servant, “please go and pick up the poor rat.” The servant replied, “but the rat is dead.” The samurai said, “of course I know that. But I am born in the year of rat and I feel pity for the rat.” The servant said, “I am so lucky sir that you were not born in the year of ox.”

 

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From the same book 噺本大系, there is another joke says, a state lord got a crane as a grant from the general. To celebrate this grant, he invited the locale officials for a feast. Everyone came to congratulate the state lord , “this is such a honor for your family.” When the feast started, people were only offered vegetable soup with tiny bit of oil in the soup. The state lord even said, “such a rare and great feast right?” Someone asked the state lord, “did you give the general a lot of money to get this grant?” The state lord said, “more than 1000 bucks.” The person replied sincerely, “it is great that you weren’t granted a turtle.” Both the crane and the turtle represent longevity in Chinese mythology and Japanese mythology. There is a saying in Japanese 鶴は千年亀は万年, literally means cranes live for thousands of years and turtles live for ten thousands of years. The meaning behind the person’s words is that “I am glad you are not blessed to live longer.”

 

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Episode 143:Ancient Chinese Jokes 4 – The Patience And The Impatience

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Laugh is a world language. Today we will continue the series about ancient Chinese jokes and hope you can laugh or smile about it.

One of the most famous book of jokes is called XiaoFu 笑府 by the author Feng Menglong 冯梦龙, who was a Chinese writer and poet of the Ming dynasty, between the year 1574 ~ 1646. The book contains almost 600 jokes. We will tell one joke about the patience and one joke about the impatience.

The first joke says, there was a person who was extremely patient. On a winter day, he was at a bonfire with a group of friends. He saw one guy’s clothes got on fire. He said, “there’s something I have seen for a while and would like to talk about it. But I know you get impatience and frustrated easily. If I don’t say, it might hurt. I think it is fine to talk about it. It is also fine not to talk about it.” People ask, “what is it?” He said, “your clothes caught on fire.” The person turned around and jumped up. He got extremely angry and shouted, “why did you say it early?” The patience person replied, “that’s my point. You get impatience and frustrated easily.”

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The second story says, there was a person who was extremely impatient. He knew it himself and told his wife, “if there is another person in the world who is more impatient than me existing, I will kill myself.” One day, this impatient man went to a noodle shop and he couldn’t wait but said, “please give me noodles.” The owner brought the noodles to him right away and dump the noodles on the table said, “eat that way because I need to rush to wash the bowl.” The man got angry and told him wife when he got home and said, “I need to follow my promise and die.” His wife heard and left the house and married another man right away on the same day. The next day, after spending a night with the new husband, the new husband wanted to get divorced with the woman. The woman asked ,”what did I do wrong?” The new husband replied, “because you didn’t give birth to our children yet.”

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Episode 142: Ancient Chinese Jokes 3 – The Loaner And Borrower

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Laugh is a world language. Today we will continue the series about ancient Chinese jokes and hope you can laugh or smile about it.

One of the most famous book of jokes is called XiaoFu 笑府 by the author Feng Menglong 冯梦龙, who was a Chinese writer and poet of the Ming dynasty, between the year 1574 ~ 1646. The book contains almost 600 jokes. We will tell two jokes about loaner and borrower from this book today.

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This first story says, a borrower told his loaner, “I don’t think I will live any longer. I had a dream last night that I died.” The loaner said, “the dreams are the opposite of the reality. If you dreamed that you died, it means you will live for long.” Just to explain here, it is a popular theory that the dreams are the opposite of the reality. The borrower said, “oh is that so? I forgot to tell you I also had a dream that I never paid you back the money I owned you.”

The second story says, there was a borrower who didn’t pay back the money. The loaner was angry and ordered his servants to carry him to his house and ask about the money since the borrower wouldn’t meet him. On the way to the house, the servant was taking a break from carrying the borrower and put him down. The borrower told the servants, “don’t put me down. Let’s go! If we take a break here, I might be carried by other loaners of mine. If that happened, it is not my fault.”

 

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Episode 131: Ancient Chinese Jokes 2 – Alcoholics

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Laugh is a world language. People from different cultures all have jokes and today we will start a new series in our podcast about ancient Chinese jokes and hope you can laugh or smile about it.

One of the most famous book of jokes is called XiaoFu 笑府 by the author Feng Menglong 冯梦龙, who was a Chinese writer and poet of the Ming dynasty, between the year 1574 ~ 1646. The book contains almost 600 jokes. Our series will start with this book.

We will tell two jokes about alcoholics today.

The first joke, it says, there is a person who loved drinking. One day, he had a great dream that he got this great sake that he could drink. He was thinking about heat it first so it would taste better. Before the sake was heated, he woke up from the dream. He regretted so much and thought, “I should have drunk it cold. ”

The second joke, it says, there was an alcoholics. In his testament, he wrote, please bury me naked under the ground after I die. One day, when my body was decomposed and became part of the soil, please take it out and make it into a liquor bottle and fill it with booze.

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