Spiritualist crosses road - gets to the other side
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perhaps better as a question..why did the spiritualist cross the road - to get to the other side
Interesting. You know there's a school of thought that this was in fact the original gag behind the classic chicken crossing road joke. The dual meaning of "the other side" being more familiar in the olden days.
Otherwise why would an "anti joke" be so persistent in the collective memory?
thisisall1word discusses on this forum in an earlier thread.
However for the joke to have its full double-meaning impact, one would have to believe that chckens have a "soul" which could reach "the other side" when the chicken died, presumably as a result of a traffic collision. There is a degree of uncertainty about this.
As someone who does not believe in the existence of such thing as a "soul" this joke has no meaning for me and I have never understood it.
If applied to a spritualist this would still be the case. Regardless of whether or not the spiritualists in question believed he had a soul, if this belief was false then there would be no other side and no soul which could get there.
There is also the question of whether chickens believe they have souls. Even if they do have souls, they may not have the depth of conciousness to be aware of this, and would therefore not have the motivation to reach any "other side" which they would have no knowledge of or belief in.
(Good heavens, is that the time already?)
Well, if you did a bit of research, you'd know that music hall audiences were notorious for their ability to put aside theology for a few hours a week in order to enjoy this joke.
"When you come through that door, you leave the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas behind" was one of the great catchphrases of Bertie Bobbins, the popular entertainer of the 1920s.
And why did the driver knock The spiritualist over?
A: To strike a happy medium.
Medium? She looks more like a large!
Wot Golgo said (only possibly less erudite)
Bertie Bobbins was an arse, which ironically Bertie was missing due to an accident whilst crossing a road.
I suspect that one or two posters here may not be taking this thread seriously.
There are some people who would try to make a dissertation out of "The influence of the teachings of St Thomas Aquinas on Bertie Bobbins". I am not one of them, unfortunately lacking a sufficient knowledge of the life and work of Bertie Bobbins.
I have someone here love, who wants to come through...yes...yes...it's a Bertie - does anyone in this audience of 5,000 know a Bertie?
"He wants to know what has happened to his washboard..."
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