Royce Shook in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Healthy Living President • The Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Association May 31, 2020 · 2 min read · +300

The old soldier


A man walked into a supermarket with his zipper down. A checkout chick walked up to him and said,

"Your barracks door is open." Not a phrase that men normally use, he went on his way looking a bit puzzled.

When he was just about done shopping, a man came up and said, "Your fly is open."

He zipped up and finished his shopping. At the checkout, he intentionally got in the line where the girl was that told him about his "barracks door." He was planning to have a little fun with her, so when he reached the counter he said, "When you saw my barracks door open, did you see a soldier standing in there at attention?"

The girl thought for a moment and said: No, no I didn‘t... but I saw a disabled veteran sitting on a couple of old duffel bags."

For a change of pace

True or not? This is an oldie but I thought it was still funny and shows how the Aussies deal with small problems or slight difficulties. 

The following is from a bricklayer's accident report in Australia...

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of my accident report form. I put 'poor planning' as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient...

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six-story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later, were found to be slightly in excess of 500lbs. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the bricks. 

You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 175lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel which was now proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed. This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the report form. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. 

Fortunately, by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of beginning to experience a great deal of pain. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body. 

Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter of the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of bricks. Fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked.

I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay in pain on the bricks, unable to stand up and watching the empty barrel six stories above me, I again lost my presence of mind and let go of the rope. The empty barrel weighed more than the rope so it came down upon me and broke both of my legs. I hope I have furnished the additional information you required as to how the accident occurred.

I hope this answers your inquiry.


The old soldier



jeganathan jegan Jun 1, 2020 · #5

wow 😊amazing place dear

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Jerry Fletcher May 31, 2020 · #4

Royce, thanks for making an old soldiers Sunday morning.

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John Rylance May 31, 2020 · #3

Strangely the same bricklayer had exactly the same accident in the Uk in the Sixties as told at the Oxford University Union by Gerald Hoffnung. Where it was greeted with a barrel of laughs.
I wonder if he got compensation in both cases.

#2 old brickies never die they just become immortal

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Ken Boddie May 31, 2020 · #2

As for old brickies, they may not die either, but they occasionally forget the ropes. 😂🤣😂

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Ken Boddie May 31, 2020 · #1

Old soldiers never die, Royce. They play golf and lose their balls. 😅😂🤣

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