One small step


A philosophy joke

A boy is about to go on his first date. He is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice.

The father replies: “My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, or philosophy.”

The boy picks up his date and they go to an ice cream parlor. They stare at each other for a long time as the boy’s nervousness builds.

He remembers his father’s advice and chooses the first topic. He asks the girl: “Do you like potato pancakes?”

She says “No”, and the silence returns.

After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks: “Do you have a brother?”

Again the girl says “No”, and again there is silence.

The boy plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks the girl the following question: “If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?”