An Australian travel writer was checking out of the Spokane Hilton.
As he paid his bill, he asked the manager, "By the way, what's with
the Indian sitting in the lobby? He's been there ever since I arrived."
"Oh that's Big Chief Forget-Me-Not," said the manager. "The hotel is
built on an Indian reservation, and part of the agreement is to allow
the chief free use of the premises for the rest of his life. He is
known as Big Chief Forget-Me-Not because of his phenomenal memory.
He is 92 and can remember even the slightest detail of his life."
The travel writer took this in and, as he was waiting for his cab,
decided to put the chief's memory to the test. "'Ello, mate!" said
the Aussie, receiving only a slight nod in return. "What did you
have for breakfast on your 21st birthday?"
"Eggs," was the chief's instant reply, without even looking up, and
indeed the Aussie was impressed.
He went off on his travel writing itinerary, right across to the east
coast and back, telling others of Big Chief Forget-Me-Not's great
memory. (One local noted to him that "How" was a more appropriate
greeting for an Indian chief than "'Ello mate.")
On his return to the Spokane Hilton six months later, he was
surprised to see Big Chief Forget-Me-Not still sitting in the lobby,
fully occupied with whittling away on a stick.
"How!" said the Aussie.
"Scrambled," said the chief.
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