The true story of a joke that backfired

I step into an elevator chock full of people. Almost every single button to each of the ten floors has been pressed. I see a theoretician I know. A clever joke pops into my head, and I wait for the right moment to deliver it: right before we get off at our last stop.

“Somedays, I hate the pigeonhole principle.”

“Why, because you got off the same floor as I did?”

Damn. I did not see this coming at all. In an effort to clear the misunderstanding, and save our personal relations, I explain, “No, no, I simply mean that every single button was pressed!”

So that’s a little anecdote about why you should never get too clever with your improvised jokes, especially around clever people.

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