LOVING MONEY TOO MUCHThere was a man who liked money very much. He worked all of his life and wantedto save all of his money for his own future. He was a real miser when it came to hismoney. He loved money more than just about anything.Even, just before he died, he said to his wife; "Now listen, when I die, I want youto take all my money and place it in the casket with me. I wanna take my money tothe afterlife." So he asked his wife to promise him with all her heart that when hedied, she would put all the money in the casket with him.Well, one day, he really died. Then he was stretched out in the casket. The wifewas sitting there in black clothes next to her closest friend. When they finishedthe ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wifesaid "Wait just a minute!"She had a box in her hands. She came over with the box and placed it in thecasket. After that the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away. Notlong after that, her friend said, "I hope you were not crazy enough to put all thatmoney in the casket."The wife turned to her friend and replied; "Yes, because I have promised." Thenshe continued; "I cant lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money inthat casket with him." Feeling shocked, her friend said; "You mean that you haveput every cent of his money in the casket with him?" Then the wife answered;"Surely I did. I got it all together, put all the money into my account and I justwrote him a check."
Notice on Generic structure of spoof sampleSpoof text is very similar to recount text. Both spoof and recount tell about the past event with chronological order. Itspurpose is to amuse reader with funny story. The story mostly is ended with an unpredictable event.The above spoof sample has generic structure as follow:Orientation: It is the introduction of the story. By giving the orientation, reader will recognize, for the first time, whoinvolves in the story.The above story talks about a wife and his husband who loves money too much even up to hisdeath.Events: Several events are explored in chronological way which able to arrange the story read nicely.Promising withher money miser husband, Putting the box inside casket, locking and rolling the casket are the events which build thecomplete story.Twist: This is the unpredictable event/thing/way which amuse the reader. Readers even did not predict before that itwould be. When reading the above story, for the first, readers likely think that the wife would put all the money insteadof just a check
What time is it?A tramp lie down and sleep in the park. He had been sleeping for about 5 minuteswhen a couple walked by. The man stopped, woke the tramp up , and asked him,"Excuse me.Do you know what the time is?" The tramp replied, "Im sorry - I dont have awatch, so I dont know the time."The man apologized for waking the tramp and the couple walked away.The tramp lay down again, and after a few minutes went back to sleep. Just then, awoman, who was out walking her dog, shook the tramps shoulder until he woke upagain.The woman said, "Im sorry to trouble you, but Im afraid Ive lost my watch - doyou happen to know the time?" The tramp was a little annoyed at being woken upagain, but he politely told the woman that he didnt have a watch and didnt knowthe time.After the woman had gone, the tramp had an idea.He opened the bag that contained all his possessions and got out a pen, a piece ofpaper and some string. On the paper, he wrote down, I do not have a watch. I donot know the time.He then hung the paper round his neck and eventually dropped off again.After about 15 minutes, a policeman who was walking through the park noticed thetramp asleep on the bench, and the sign around his neck.He woke the tramp up and said, "I read your sign. I thought youd like to know thatits 2:30 p.m."
“That Phone is Off”Soon after he left college, Dave found one of his uncles who was very rich and hadno children of his own died and left him a lot of money, so he decided to set up hisown real estate agency.Dave found a nice office. He bought some new furniture and moved in. he had onlybeen there for e few hours when he heard someone coming toward the door of hisoffice.“It must be my first customer” Dave thought. He quickly picked up the telephoneand pretended to be very busy answering an important call from someone in NewYork who wanted to buy a big and expensive house in the country.The man knocked at the door while this was going on. He came in and waitedpolitely for Dave to finish his conversation on the phone. Then the man said toDave; “I am from the telephone company and I was sent here to connect yourtelephone”
Notes on the Spoof’s Generic StructureOrientation: Dave was a lucky man. He suddenly became a very rich man because ofthe death of his rich uncle who had no children. He inherited his uncle’s money.Event 1: Being rich, he wanted to set up his estate companyEvent 2: He had his new office. In his office, he pretended to be a very successfulbusinessman. He acted as had an important client. He showed by makingconversation on the phone.Twist: The man whom he showed is a telephone technician. He came to Dave’soffice to connect that phone.
General and New Soldier A man recently appointed general in the army was sitting inhis new office when a new soldier walked in. Wishing to impressthe new soldier, the general picked up the telephone and said,“Yes, Mr. President. I’m glad you like my suggestions. I’ll come byand give you a more detailed report at the White House a littlelater this week.” After hanging up the telephone the generalasked, “Now, soldier, what can I do for you?”“Nothing much, sir,” said the soldier. I just came in to connectyour telephone.”
Potato Farmer Potato farmer was sent to to prison just at time when heshould have been digging the ground for planting the new crop ofpotatoes. He knew that his wife would not be strong enough to dothe digging by herself, but that she could manage to do theplanting, and he also knew that he did not have any friends orneighbors who would be willing to do the digging for him. So hewrote a letter to his wife which said “Please do not dig the potatofield. I hide the money and the gun there.” Ten days later, he got a letter from his wife. It said, “Ithink somebody is reading your letter before they go out of prison.Some policeman arrived here two days ago and dug up the wholefield. What shall I do now?”The prisoner wrote back at once. “Plant the potatoes, of course!”
The Clever Chauffer There’s a story about how Albert Enstein was traveling touniversities in a chauffer-driven car, delivering tectures on histheory if relativity. One day while in transit, the chauffer remarked, “Dr.Einstein, I’ve heard you deliver that lecture about 30 times. Iknow it by heart ang bet I should give it myself.”“Well, I’ll give you the chance, “said Einstein, “They don’t know meat the next school, so when we get there I’ll put on your cap, andyou introduce yourself as and give the lecture.” The chauffer delivered Einstein’s lecture flawlessly. When hefinished, he started to leave, but one of the proffesors stoppedhim and asked a complex question filled with mathematicalequations and formulas. The chauffer thought fast. “The solution to that problem is so simple,” he said, “I’msurprise you have to ask me. In fact, to show you just how simpleit is, I’m going to ask my chauffer to come up here and answeryour question.”