Thursday, November 18, 2010
Not long after I joined the church, I was in a group conversation with five or six Mormon men. One of them, who was an even newer convert than I was, told the following joke:
"What do Japanese men do when they have an erection?
I didn't laugh at the joke because a) it's kind of vaguely racist, b) it's about a million years old and I'd already heard it about a million times, and c) it's pretty cheesy anyway. I was prepared to chuckle politely if everyone else laughed, however.
But I'd never heard anyone tell a dick joke to a group of Mormons before, so I was curious to see how my new Mormon friends would react. What would they do? Would they laugh? Chuckle politely? Tell him he was "inappropriate"? Command him to repent?
Well, what happened was... nothing. No one laughed. No one said anything. Everyone just looked at him.
It seemed like they stared at him for a really long time while the expectant smile faded from his face as it dawned on him that he'd committed a faux pas. I suppose this actually only took a couple of seconds (though I'm sure it seemed even longer to him than it did to me). Then the conversation just moved on as if he'd never said anything "inappropriate."
So I think he and I both learned something that day: Don't tell dick jokes to Mormons.
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