A request went out on Facebook recently for favorite jokes. Lots of responses, most of them old acquaintances. But this one, from Michael Babinec, was new to me:
Queen Elizabeth is touring a new Scottish hospital and approaches the bedside of a patient. She asks him “What are you in hospital for?” and he says “Fair fa your honest sonsie face, great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race.”
Puzzled, she moves on to the next bed. “And what brings you to hospital?” Patient answers, “My love is like a red, red rose that’s newly sprung in June.”
Finally the Queen goes to a third patient, who says “Wee, sleekit, cowrin’, tim’rous beastie, oh what a panic’s in thy breastie.”
Completely lost, she turns to a doctor and asks “Is this the psychiatric ward?”
“No, it’s the Burns unit.”
Consider what it takes to “get” this joke.