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JOKE

THERE IS THIS GUY WHO LIVES IN THIS BIG HOUSE AND HE DECIDES TO PUT
HIS HOUSE UP FOR SALE. HE PUTS A SIGN UP IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE.
ANOTHER GUY COMES IN TO LOOK AT THE HOUSE. THE OWNER TAKES THE
PROSPECTIVE BUYER THROUGH THE HOUSE. WHEN HE IS ALL DONE SHOWING
THE HOUSE, THE PROSPECTIVE BUYER REALLY LIKES IT AND WANTS TO BUY
IT. THE OWNER THEN TELLS HIM THAT THERE IS ONE LAST THING HE MUST
SHOW HIM. THEY BEGIN GOING DOWN SOME STEPS AND THEY COME TO A
100 LB. DOOR. THEY GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND THEY COME TO A 75
LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT AND GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND
THEY COME TO A 50 LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT
AND THEN GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND THEN THEY COME TO A 25 LB.
DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT AND GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND THEN
THEY COME TO A 15 LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT AND GO DOWN SOME
MORE STEPS AND THEN THEY COME TO A 10 LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH
THIS DOOR AND THERE IS A CURTAIN HANGING THERE. THE OWNER OPENS THE
CURTAIN AND THERE IN A CAGE IS A BLUE GORILLA. THE OWNER TELLS THE
BUYER THAT THE GORILLA WILL NOT BOTHER HIM BUT THAT HE MUST NEVER
TOUCH IT. THE BUYER AGREES TO THIS. SO THEY GO THROUGH THE 10 LB.
DOOR, GO UP A FEW STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 15 LB. DOOR AND
GO UP A FEW STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 25 LB. DOOR AND GO UP
A FEW STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 50 LB. DOOR AND GO UP A FEW
STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 75 LB. DOOR AND GO UP A FEW STEPS.
THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR AND GO UP A FEW STEPS. THEY
SIGN PAPERS AND THE HOUSE BECOMES THE BUYER'S. HE LIVES THERE FOR A
FEW WEEKS AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE. HE KEEPS WONDERING THOUGH
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF HE TOUCHED THE BLUE GORILLA. SO HE GOES DOWN
A FEW STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 75 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 50 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 25 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND HE GOES THROUGH THE 15 LB DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND HE GOES THROUGH THE 10 LB. DOOR. HE PUSHES THE
CURTAIN OPEN AND THERE IS THE BLUE GORILLA. HE FIGURES THE GORILLA
IS IN A CAGE AND CANNOT HURT HIM. SO HE VERY LIGHTLY TOUCHES THE
BLUE GORILLA. THE GORILLA BECOMES FURIOUS AND STARTS JUMPING UP
AND DOWN. THE MAN STANDS THERE IN AMAZEMENT. THEN THE BLUE GORILLA
STARTS BENDING THE BARS. THE MAN BEGINS RUNNING UP THE STAIRS.
HE GOES THROUGH THE 10 LB. DOOR AND RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE
GOES THROUGH THE 15 LB. DOOR AND RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE CAN
HEAR THE GORILLA RUNNING BEHIND HIM. HE GOES THROUGH THE 25 LB. DOOR
AND RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE GOES THROUGH THE 50 LB. DOOR AND
RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE GOES THROUGH THE 75 LB. DOOR AND RUNS
UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE CAN HEAR THE BLUE GORILLA BEHIND HIM. HE
FINALLY GETS THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR AND HIDES BEHIND THE COUCH.
HE STARTS PRAYING AND ASKS THE LORD TO PROTECT HIM FROM THE BLUE
GORILLA. THE BLUE GORILLA COMES THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR AND SPOTS
THE MAN BEHIND THE COUCH. THE BLUE GORILLA RUNS OVER TO THE
COUCH AND THE MAN SHUTS HIS EYES. THE BLUE GORILLA TAPS HIM ON THE
SHOULDER AND SAYS "YOU'RE IT."

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE CAN REALLY BE DRAGGED OUT BY SAYING THE STEPS AND DOORS
PART REAL SLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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