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Friday, 9 September 2005
The Plumber's Tale of Woe
Topic: Humorous
Something reminded me of this joke my sister, Maud, told me a very long time ago. She lives in Spain and I believe this incident really happened, as it is just too preposterous to have been made up. Sadly, it seems, we always laugh the loudest at someone else's misfortune.

a plumberA lady, who lived in a block of flats, was having trouble in her kitchen, her sink appeared to be blocked. So her reluctant husband was asked to have a look at the problem. Changing into his 'work' clothes, he stuck his head into the cupboard under the sink and proceeded to try to undo the locknut and the coupling so that he could remove the trap. In the meantime, his wife decides she will pop out to the corner shop and leaves him lying half in and half out of the cupboard and swearing gently under his breath. After she had gone and after struggling unsuccessfully to get at the sink trap, the husband gives up in frustration. He telephones the plumber who, by a stroke of luck, was working nearby and arrived within a few minutes.

After being out for about an hour, the wife arrives home with her shopping. She is amazed to see that her husband is in the exact same position he was when she left with his legs sticking out of the cupboard. On an impulse, she bent down and "vested a familiarity upon his person" [use your imagination!]. Well, the shock was so great that the poor plumber sat up with an exclamation - and banged his head very hard on the end of the pipe. Our dear lady then perceived the error of her ways and screamed for her husband. Anxious about the cut on the head of the dazed plumber, they decide to call for an ambulance.

The ambulance duly arrived and two paramedics tended to the injury. As the plumber had blacked out briefly, they decided to take him to hospital to be checked over. They carefully put him on a stretcher and proceeded to carry him out of the flat and down the stairs. "How on earth did you manage to sit up so hard and knock yourself out?", asked one paramedic. So, the plumber then explained what had happened and the shock he had had when he had suddenly, and most unexpectedly, been subjected to the 'ministrations' of the lady of the house. This tale of woe so amused the paramedics that they promptly convulsed in laughter and inadvertently tipped the poor plumber off the stretcher and down the stairs. Sadly, when the poor man finally arrived at the hospital it was found that he had sustained a broken leg in addition to his original head injury.

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Posted by Noviomagus at 18:08 BST Post Comment | View Comments (6) | Permalink

Saturday, 10 September 2005 - 19:14 BST

Name: doubledog

You've got a knack for creating delicate euphemisms.:-)

Sunday, 11 September 2005 - 01:18 BST

Name: Tessa

Actually, that was my sister's delicate euphemism! That's what made the story stick in my mind. :-)

Sunday, 11 September 2005 - 12:53 BST

Name: Dave
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And all so, so, true....

Tuesday, 13 September 2005 - 08:54 BST

Name: Stu Savory
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That's hilarious, Tessa!

Tuesday, 13 September 2005 - 13:57 BST

Name: Tessa

Glad you enjoyed it!

Sunday, 16 September 2012 - 01:06 BST

Name: "speedfit"
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A plumbing trap is simple, yet extremely effective. The design allows water to drain through it, but the curve of the pipe keeps a small amount of water in it at all times.

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