“So this is a cook off for the inheritance? Is that what you’re saying?” asked one amongst gathered relatives.
An eccentric, rich uncle had passed.
The lawyer continued, “Sam wanted his estate to go to the one who knew him best. You all have one hour to buy or make a meal. Closest to what is written in this envelope will win.”
There was a scramble to the door. I walked out calmly.
Within the hour, all had returned with assorted foods, each assessed privately. When I was announced the winner, others asked what I had brought.
“A rotten egg and burnt toast. He always did like the Three Stooges’s joke about a tapeworm.”
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For those unfamiliar with the Three Stooges gag, Moe asked Curly, “Burnt toast and a rotten egg? Whatta ya want that for?”
Curly replied, “I got a tapeworm and that’s good enough for him!”
The gag appeared in their 1934 short, “Punch Drunks”