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Boy Starts Joke Stand To Cheer Up Neighbors

Callaghan McLaughlin, a first grader in Canada, wanted to start a lemonade stand while he was out of school for the coronavirus pandemic, but his parents didn’t think that would be safe — if restaurants are closed, serving drinks isn’t a good idea either — so he came up with another idea. 

He started sitting on his front lawn in a homemade booth, telling jokes to passersby to cheer them up in the middle of the lockdown. 

“I had to think of something that was going to be contactless and cashless, but also had the same sort of community spirit and social aspect that a lemonade stand has,” said Kelsea McLaughlin, Callaghan’s mom.

His repertoire is 17 jokes, although his mom has to chime in to help sometimes if he forgets a punchline. 

His stand has about 10 visitors per day, mostly adults who just need a laugh as they trudge through social distancing and lockdown measures. His neighborhood is mostly elderly people who get a kick out of hearing Callaghan’s quips as they try to get out a tiny bit. 

“I think it helps them to feel a little more connected, because they’re one of our more isolated community groups,” Kelsea said. 

If you want to try out some of Callaghan’s jokes on your own friends and family, here are some of his favorites: 

  • What do you call a lazy kangaroo? A pouch potato!
  • What do you call a bug that’s bad at football? A fumble-bee!
  • What is a duck’s favorite snack? Cheese and quackers!
  • Where did the bull take the cow on a date? Dinner and a moooovie!
  • What bug is the hardest to understand? A mumble-bee.”
  • What’s a pirate’s favorite hobby? Arrrrrr-t. 

What’s your favorite joke? Tell us in the comments. 

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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