Laughter in uniform
Three young girls were on a hiking holiday on a very hot day. They
came to a shady pool surrounded by trees and bushes, and as there was
nobody in sight, jumped in. They splashed about happily for about an
hour, then got out and lay in the sun to dry off. When they were about
to move off, an army truck drove up and stopped. An officer leaned out
and shouted, 'Camouflage company - fall out!' and all the trees ran over
to the truck and climbed in.
Two young women's corps typists were discussing the handsome young
captain for whom they both worked.
'He's very good-looking', said one.
'Yes-and have you seen him out of uniform?' said the other.
'You bet', said the first girl with a smile.
'No, you don't understand', said her friend. 'what I mean is he dresses
'Yes, and so quickly too', said the other.
'I don't think I'd like to be anything higher than a corporal', said one
private to another.
'I would like to have some friends left!'
A young subaltern in a jeep had become separated from his battalion
during military exercises in a remote part of the country and was
There was no sign of habitation anywhere nor were there any
signposts; so he was quite relieved when he saw a farmer driving a small
flock of goats along the road ahead of him. Pulling up alongside he
said, 'Excuse me, but could you tell me where this road leads?'
'To my farm', replied the villager.
'Oh' said the officer. 'And where does it lead to in the other
'Away from my farm', replied the old man.
Though the long wished baby arrived, there was much sadness as, it
was born with a tightly clenched palm. All efforts of so many medical
men failed to open it until at a temple festival, an old man noticed
this and pathetically inquired why it was so and was told that from
birth attempts to set it alright had failed.
Looking at the family history the old man, realised that the family
had generations of notorious pickpockets of the village, and going up to
the infant took his golden pocket watch and dangled it before the baby
and immediately ‘hey presto’ the baby opened its clenched fingers of the
They discovered, the lost ring of the midwife who attended it at
birth, her long missed wedding ring!!!
Devakie Punniyakumar, Batticaloa.