As has been evident in some of my past writings, I am the type that looks to write something comical on most of my blogs. At times I write trivia, sometimes I write funny jokes and at times I just ramble on and write whatever comes in my head. The following is just my way of coping with all that is going on in the world today and my wanting to smile and laugh rather than sit and worry why the world seems to be going to !@#$% in a handbasket. Please take the article in the light within which it is provided. A funny story. No more. No less.

Years ago when visiting our home state and going to the place where several of my ancestors settled, we visited some of the cemeteries where long lost relatives were buried. Now some might not think that visiting cemeteries is a place where something funny can be dreamed up but in my warped sense of humor, I was able to pen the following post with the hopes that it might just bring a chuckle or two by those reading my attempt at humor.

One of the things noticeable when strolling through a cemetery is the type of headstones found there but more importantly was some of the inscriptions found on some of those headstones.

Why are inscriptions written there – well, primarily to tell a brief story of our dearly departed. But as we all know space is rather limited and so one has to have a vivid imagination. Why you ask? Well the story, being written in basically a few lines, would in all probability be told partly within the lines and partly between the lines if you get my drift.

These old inscriptions were engraved into the headstones with the sole purpose of providing some insight into who the person resting beneath the headstone was. The inscription also enables those of us still living to understand the values of the people who have gone before us.

Now I am not talking about some of the headstones depicted in the old west like those found out in Tombstone, Arizona where you might see a tombstone sporting the following inscription:

Dawn Under

Here lies my wife

I bid her Goodbye

She rests in peace

And now so do I

Or

Joke’s Over

Let Me Out Now!

By now, many of you are wondering where the humor part comes into play with regards this writing. Well as evidenced by these two inscriptions, humor can be found in the wildest of places. Need another example? Picture this, what if the person creating the inscription on the tombstone wasn’t good at math.  The inscription might read as follows:

7 times 4 years I lived an honorable life,

8 times 6 years I loved a righteous wife,

Tired at last of life, I rest.

Born 1892      Died 1972

Need I get my abacus out to tell you what is wrong with this picture?  Until next time!

3 thoughts on “SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP!

  1. The author possibly did not have access to a calculator then. 1972 we were still using those hand cranked monsters mostly manufactured by Facit. I remember having to use the multiplication tables learnt with so much difficult to check bills from shopkeepers who used to try and make deliberate mistakes!

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