Palestinian-American syndicated columnist, peace activist, and standup comic Ray Hanania, had a conversation recently with a Muslim who didn’t find his “72 sturgeons” joke funny. (Thanks to Beth at Ynetnews)
I tried the joke on him again, just in case he didn’t speak English very well and thought I was making fun of 72 sturgeons, a tasty fish that has never been the cause of any Arab-Israeli conflicts that I know of. Well, there was that one incident during the Crusades . . .
Anyway, I launched back into my act, just for him.
“They said that American who wanted to blow up the airplane with his shoes, Richard Reid, was promised 72 virgins. Obviously, he doesn’t speak Arabic. It’s not like English. You read Arabic from right to left.… So, it’s not 72 virgins. It’s one virgin and she is 72 years old … and they promise her to everyone.”