Bill, Jim and Scott were staying in a 75-story hotel. One afternoon they were told that the elevators were broken and they would have to climb 75 flights of stairs to get to their room on the top floor.
Bill said, “The climb will go faster if we distract ourselves. I’ll tell jokes for 25 flights, Jim can sing songs for the next 25 flights and Scott can tell sad stories for the rest of the way.”
Bill started telling jokes and didn’t stop until the 26th floor. Then Jim began to sing and kept going until the 51st floor. Then Jim stopped singing and told Scott to start telling sad stories.
“I will tell my saddest story first,” Scott said. “Once upon a time there was a man who left his hotel room key in the car…”
He then remained mute for the next 4 flights even as the two others looked at him in surpris. Suddenly, Jim asked why Scort remained quiet and he said: “Is this trip on the stairs not sad enough …?”