Defining "Tragedy"

More humor from the ‘Net.

Here’s another funny I got from a friend. I don’t know where he got it, but if this belongs to someone who doesn’t want it shared, let me know and I’ll pull it down.

George Bush and Dick Cheney, while visiting a primary school class, found themselves in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.

The teacher asked both men if they would like to lead the discussion of the word “tragedy.” So Mr. Cheney asks the class for an example of a “tragedy.”

One little boy stood up and offered: “If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy.”

“No,” said Mr. Cheney, “that would be an accident.”

A little girl raised her hand: “If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy.”

“I’m afraid not,” explained Mr. Bush. “That’s what we would call a great loss.”

The room goes silent. No other children volunteered.

Mr. Bush searched the room. “Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?”

Finally at the back of the room little Johnny raises his hand. In a stern voice he says, “If a plane carrying the President and Vice President of the United States were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy.”

“Fantastic!” exclaimed both men nearly in unison. Mr. Cheney continued “That’s right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?”

“Well,” says little Johnny, “because it sure as hell wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”

2 thoughts on “Defining "Tragedy"

  1. Maria,

    I love your website…especially the humor. Here’s another I heard.

    Bill Clinton and George Bush happened to be in the same barbershop at the same time. Both barbers were apprehensive to start a conversation as they were sure it would be political… and ugly. 20 minutes passed and no one spoke. Finally Clinton’s barber was about to apply some aftershave when Bill stopped him. ” I can’t come home smelling like that or my wife will think I’ve been at the whorehouse again.” Bush’s barber hesitated and looked at the President when George said, “Go ahead, mine doesn’t know what the inside of whorehouse smells like!”

What do you think?