What’s so funny about this? Recognize the guy in the bed? Yep, it’s Mark Twain, the famous writer, in a photograph taken in 1897. That was a long time ago, but some things never change, whether you are rich and famous or poor and unknown, young or old, man or woman. We ALL need our sleep, and most of us get that sleep in bed. But some of us sleep a lot better and more than others. There can be many reasons and causes for not getting enough sleep. The joke tells us about one, having a bad back from an injury or just old age. But there can be many other reasons too, for example, having a bad mattress, having an illness, having too much stress and too many problems on your mind. You might have to work nights and your body can’t adjust to sleeping during the day. You might be burning the candle at both ends and partying all night long. If you can’t get deep rest to recover from the day’s physical, mental and emotional challenges, then you could be in all kinds of trouble. If you do a lot of physical labor, then your muscles need to relax and recover their strength and resiliency. If you work mostly with your brain and you don’t get enough sleep, then you start to lose your focus and concentration. People like doctors or subway motormen or aircraft controllers, MUST be able to concentrate. Other people’s lives depend on it. In the case of the joke, our hero’s inability to get deep rest is making him depressed. Did you catch the difference in stress and pronunciation in there? The first homophone is deep rest, the second one is dee-pressed. It’s all a question of stress ‒ in pronunciation and in bed. And THAT’s what’s so funny!
This joke came from Owen McMahon on facebook
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