It was Rockys first night in the penitentiary…

It was Rockys first night in the penitentiary. All of the inmates were intheir cells and he was trying to become a bit more comfortable with hismeager surroundings. As he leaned against the bars at the front of hiscell, Rocky heard a voice call out 44 and the whole cell block eruptedinto laughter! Another voice called 16 and again there was laughter. Athird voice called 62 which was followed by laughter throughout the block.Rocky didnt know what was going on so he rapped on his cell wall.Yeah, whaddaya want? came the gruff reply from next door.Whats going on, here? asked Rocky.Well, said the other inmate, down in the prison library theres only onejoke book. Weve all read the book so many times that we dont waste timetelling the joke, we just call out its number.So the next day Rocky went down to the library and, sure enough, found r theyellowed, dog-eared joke book and read it from cover to cover. That night,wanting to be part of the group, Rocky confidently called out 44 andeveryone laughed! He tried calling 16 and 62 and again there were pealsof laughter. Then he called 57, and the halls rang with laughter.After several minutes, one prisoner was still rolling on the floor laughing.More minutes – still laughing. Rocky rapped on the cell wall. Yeah,waddaya want? asked the other inmate.I dont understand it, asked Rocky, Why is Bill still laughing?Well, said the gruff inmate, He never heard that one before!

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