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FROM READERS: What is your go-to joke?

By Missourian Reader Community
July 12, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

Joe Dillard, a longtime Columbia resident, shared some shaggy dog stories with us last week and another below. A shaggy dog story is usually a long-winded tale that ends with a humorous or absurd punchline.

Joe's story has got us thinking about jokes. Do you have a go-to joke to share? We'll publish the best, funniest or downright silliest in the From Readers section. Share yours below or send it to


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Joe's shaggy dog tale: 

Gladys Dunn recently moved into a retirement community in a small town.

One beautiful Sunday morning she walked down the street to a church not far from her apartment.

Gladys was in awe of the big beautiful church building as she stepped inside to attend the worship service.

Gladys, however, wasn't too impressed with the sermon. She thought it was kind of boring, and as she looked around the church, she noticed that many of the members were nodding off. When the preacher finished his sermon he encouraged the congregation to greet those sitting close by.

Gladys turned toward the man sitting on her left. He, too, had fallen asleep and was yawning and stretching trying to wake up. He smiled at her, and Gladys returned the smile.

She politely offered her hand and said, "I'm Gladys Dunn."

"You and me both!" the man replied.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.