“When a fly falls into a cup of coffee…”

(Via The Augean Stables, The Jewish Chronicle Online and Free Republic. Original source unknown.)


The Italian – throws the cup, breaks it, and walks away in a fit of rage.
The German – carefully washes the cup, sterilizes it and makes a new cup of coffee.
The Frenchman – takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee.
The Chinese – eats the fly and throws away the coffee.
The Russian – Drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra with no charge.
The Israeli – sells the coffee to the Frenchman, sells the fly to the Chinese, sells the cup to the Italian, drinks a cup of tea, and uses the extra money to invent a device that prevents flies from falling into coffee.
The Palestinian – blames the Israeli for the fly falling into his coffee, protests the act of aggression to the UN, takes a loan from the European Union to buy a new cup of coffee, uses the money to purchase explosives and then blows up the coffee house where the Italian, the Frenchman, the Chinese, the German and the Russian are all trying to explain to the Israeli that he should give away his cup of tea to the Palestinian…

9 thoughts on ““When a fly falls into a cup of coffee…””

  1. Meanwhile an Egyptian mullah explains through quotes from the Koran and Hadith that the fly is not a health hazard as long as one eats the entire fly, because according to Mohammed while one wing carries poison the other wing carries the antidote.

  2. “Remember when Mao had everyone swatting flies?”

    I remember when he had everyone killing birds that eat flies and other pest–which made Jeff Spicoli seem a positive genius by comparison.

  3. Yup, the sparrow campaign did the most harm. Another triumph of central planning .

    The campaign against the ‘Four Pests’ was initiated in 1958 as a hygiene campaign by Mao Zedong, who identified the need to exterminate mosquitoes, flies, rats, and sparrows. Sparrows – mainly the Eurasian Tree Sparrow[1][2] – were included on the list because they ate grain seeds, robbing the people of the fruits of their labour. The masses of China were mobilized to eradicate the birds, and citizens took to banging pots and pans or beating drums to scare the birds from landing, forcing them to fly until they fell from the sky in exhaustion. Sparrow nests were torn down, eggs were broken, and nestlings were killed.[1][3] Sparrows and other birds were shot down from the sky, resulting in the near-extinction of the birds in China.[4] Non-material rewards and recognition were offered to schools, work units and government agencies in accordance with the volume of pests they had killed.

    THe central planners were as brilliant as the Obamacare designers.

    By April 1960, Chinese leaders realized that sparrows ate a large amount of insects, as well as grains.[3][2] Rather than being increased, rice yields after the campaign were substantially decreased.[1][2] Mao ordered the end of the campaign against sparrows, replacing them with bed bugs in the ongoing campaign against the Four Pests.[3] By this time, however, it was too late. With no sparrows to eat them, locust populations ballooned, swarming the country and compounding the ecological problems already caused by the Great Leap Forward, including widespread deforestation and misuse of poisons and pesticides.[1] Ecological imbalance is credited with exacerbating the Great Chinese Famine, in which at least 20 million people died of starvation.

    I don’t think Obamacare will cause famine but I expect a lot more people without health insurance by fall.

    England has done a number on their birds with pet cats .

    Cats kill an estimated 55 million birds in Britain every year and such predation could be contributing to long-term declines of garden birds like House Sparrows.

  4. More examples of central planning. These people are unteachable.

    On Thursday, the board announced its decision. The ban on treating men is gone, as is the requirement that members devote at least 75 percent of their practice to obstetrics and gynecology. Now, the board says members must devote “a majority” of their practice to the specialty.

    David Margulies, the head of a public relations firm and a spokesman for the board, said in an email that the threat of a lawsuit had nothing to do with the board’s decision, and that “the changes were in the works prior to correspondence from Mr. Curtis.”

    Imagine that. Without fools, most lawyers would starve. We seem to have a surfeit of both.

  5. Maybe it is my German heritage but I vote with the German although admire the Israeli for seeing opportunity

  6. Heaven and Hell:

    Heaven is where the police are British,
    the chefs Italian,
    the mechanics[engineers] German,
    the lovers French,
    and it’s all organized by the Swiss.

    Hell is where the police are German,
    the chefs are British,
    the mechanics [engineers] French,
    the lovers Swiss,
    and it is all organized by the Italians.

    Heaven is an American house.
    Hell is a Japanese house.

    Heaven is a Japanese wife.
    Hell is an American wife.
    [told to me by a Chinese student.]

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