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CAT BURIAL JOKE

A WOMAN BROUGHT HER DEAD CAT TO THE LOCAL CATHOLIC CHURCH AND
ASKED THE PRIEST TO HAVE A BURIAL SERVICE FOR HIM. THE PRIEST
SAID, "WE DO NOT BURY CATS. YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE HIM TO ANOTHER
CHURCH." SHE SAID, "I WAS GOING TO SPEND $35,000 ON THE
FUNERAL." THE PRIEST SAID, "WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME YOUR CAT WAS
CATHOLIC."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Keyword(s): CAT ; CATHOLIC CHURCH ; FUNERAL PREPARATION ; HUMOR ; PRIEST ; RELIGION ; SURPRISE ENDING

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF MERCENARY CATHOLIC PRIESTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-09-1971

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YOU CAN'T SEW A GARMENT THAT IS ON YOUR BODY UNLESS YOU CHEW
SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU ARE ALIVE, SINCE THE ONLY TIME CLOTHES
SEWED ON YOUR BODY IS WHEN YOU ARE DEAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): FUNERAL PREPARATION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 04-22-1969

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