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Building a Better Mousetrap

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” is a phrase attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in the late nineteenth century. The phrase is actually a misquotation of the statement: If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs […]

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power words

Power Words

An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled, “Stop! Acts 2:38!” (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins […]

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a tangled web

A Tangled Web

A man and a woman were having dinner in a fine restaurant.  A waitress, taking an order at a nearby table, noticed the man was slowly sliding down his chair and under the table, but the woman acted unconcerned. Amazed, the waitress watched as the man continued, slithering like a snake, slid all the way […]

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A dog goes into a Western Union office and says to the clerk, “I’d like to send a telegram.” “OK, please write your message on this card,” the clerk replies. The dog struggles to properly grip the pen in between his paws but manages to scribble on the card and hands it back. The clerk […]

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quick vs best

Quick vs. Best

A man goes to prison and the first night while he’s laying in bed contemplating his situation, he hears someone yell out, “44!” Followed by laughter from the other prisoners. He thought that was pretty odd, then he heard someone else yell out, “72!” Followed by even more laughter. “What’s going on?” he asked his […]

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no respect

No Respect

Jacob Cohen was born on November 22, 1921, in Babylon, New York, the younger of two children. His father abandoned the family shortly after Jacob’s birth, leaving his mother to raise her children alone. To help the family scrape by, Jacob began selling ice cream on the beach and delivering groceries after school. Jacob struggled […]

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a second chance

A Second Chance

One day a big group of blondes met in New York to show the world that blondes aren’t dumb.  They begged: “Ask any of us any question, and we will show you that we’re not dumb.” The group caught the attention of a passer-by, who volunteered to ask them some questions. He climbed up on […]

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round two

Round Two

An old man was eating in a truck stop when three rough-looking bikers walked in. As they passed the old man, the first biker pushed his cigarette into the old man’s pie, then laughed and took a seat at the counter. The second biker picked up the old man’s milk and spit into it. The […]

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a fine appearance

A Fine Appearance

A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards.” The brand new waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat […]

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Highway 30

Push to Widen Highway 30

Check out B.A. Morelli’s article in The Gazette about the new push to widen Highway 30 along the eastern portion of Tama County.   After the opening of Iowa Premium Beef in November, more tractor-trailers utilize that stretch of highway, not to mention employee vehicles; and as production ramps up, so will traffic.

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