Friday, December 11, 2015

Real Estate Taboo

Taboo (for those who have not played) is a party game where you have to communicate a random word to your teammates, but without using certain other 'taboo' words.

Last week I picked the word 'full', and as you might expect, 'empty' was one of the taboo words. The ensuing exchange illustrates the joys of playing Taboo with friends who are on the housing market:

me: The opposite of vacant.
teammate: Tenanted?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Santa Claus

A conversation I overheard while standing in a Tesco checkout queue:

Father: Let's see what Santa Claus gets you.
Boy: There is no Santa Claus.
Father: Mummy spilled the beans, did she?
Boy: Yes.
Father: Well, as long as you don't tell your sister...
Boy: I won't.
Father: So. The magic has died for you. Well, it happens to everyone, in the end.

Shirley Temple apparently said, "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."