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Thread poster: Marie1755

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Jan 5, 2004

You know a good French joke, then post it here.

[Edited at 2004-01-05 13:09]


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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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The Economist Jan 5, 2004

You may want to read a relevant article on this subject in the Christmas edition of The Economist.

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Thierry LOTTE  Identity Verified
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FB Jan 5, 2004

What do you need exactly ?

French bashing ???


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Why post it here? Jan 5, 2004

If you want French jokes, in French, it would be better to post this as an off-topic subject in the French Forum.

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sylver  Identity Verified
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What about Jan 6, 2004

checking good old Google? I mean, if you have a good one to tell, go for it, but if you just want to find some, type the words french jokes in Google, and you will see there is really no shortage. (although admitedly some of the lousiest jokes I have read too)

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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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More a riddle than a joke Jan 6, 2004

Even though the action is taking place in France, this riddle is best told in English.

In Paris, a man takes his wife for check-up. He is told that she is expecting twins. He is amazed and tells the doctor that neither in his family nor in that of his wife there is a history of twin births. The doctor takes off his specs and starts his expalanation: "You see sir, there are two factors responsible for your wife's condition". Before the doctor can proceed further, the man gets up, runs home and beats up the two young neighbors of his, who are postmen. After telling this story, you can ask the audience for the explanation.
Regards,
N.Raghavan
Added in light of Doughty's posting below.
(The assumption I forgot to mention is that the person speaking in English knows French. Doughty is right. Otherwise the riddle will not work. But then in a riddle of this type there are more difficult twists, as can be seen in lateral thinking puzzles.)

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[Edited at 2004-01-06 18:39]

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I don't think the riddle works in English Jan 6, 2004

In French, "facteur" can mean "factor" or "postman", among other things, and this is the basis of the joke. "Factor" in English cannot mean "postman", so an English speaker knowing no French would not get the point.

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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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ach sooo Jan 7, 2004

I speak a bit of French but I didn't get it. I thought the solution was: the postman knocks up twice but in this case one postman would be enough

[Edited at 2004-01-07 12:06]

[Edited at 2004-01-07 17:15]


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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One more French joke Mar 17, 2004

This has to be in French only:
"A quel temps sont les verbes dans la phrase suivante ?
« Ils ne voulurent pas d’enfant, mais en eurent deux »"
La réponse:
"C'est du préservatif imparfait!"

Salut,
N.Raghavan


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