The Laugh Line

                                                                    contributed by: Butch Smith

A dying addict gathered his three best friends at his bedside and handed each of them an envelope
containing $25,000 in cash. He made them each promise that after his death and during his repose, they
would place the three envelopes in his coffin. He told them that he wanted to have enough money to enjoy 
the next life. A week later the man died. At the wake, the three friends each concealed an envelope in the
coffin and bid their old party friend farewell. By chance, these three met several months later. Soon the first
friend, feeling guilty, blurted out a confession saying that there was only $10,000 in the envelope he place in
the coffin. He felt, rather than waste all the money, he would spend it on a trip to South America to get
cocaine. He asked for their forgiveness. The next friend, moved by the gentle sincerity of the first, confessed
that he too had kept some of the money for a wild party. The envelope, he admitted, had only $8000 in it. He
said, he too could not bring himself to waste the money so frivolously when it could be used to have a great
time. By this time the last friend, a pot head, was seething with self-righteous outrage. He expressed his 
deep disappointment in the felonious behavior of  two of his oldest and most trusted friends. “I am the only
one who kept his promise to our dying friend. I want you both to know that the envelope I placed in the coffin
contained the full amount. Indeed, my envelope contained my personal check for the entire $25,000.”

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