Joke of the Day: Ghost! Ghost!! Ghost!!

In the
student vocabulary, the habit of reading into the night after official
lights-out is termed ‘ghosting’. It is a disease from which generation after
generation of boys and girls suffer. It is most prevalent at the approach of

succeeding generation after generation of Masters has preached against
ghosting, pointing out the futility and ineffectiveness of the habit. But in
spite of the stiff penalty attached to ghosting, most senior boys are addicts
and are exponents of the fine art of ghosting without being caught. You so
shade your hurricane lantern leaving the narrowest slit through which only a
fraction of the page of your textbook was illuminated.
On a fateful
night, the Swanston Housemaster Mr.
Varigiz Owodunni Riyazh
went round on a surprise check after lights out.
That was unfortunate, most unfortunate, for Alabi Abagbon the prefect in charge of Ibile Dormitory. The housemaster was only a short distance away
before Alabi realized his peril. In the
very short time he had, escape was impossible.
As the
Housemaster took purposeful steps towards his bed, Alabi immediately dived into bed. He covered not only his body but
his head under his blanket.
“Alabi, get
up” the Housemaster said angrily.
Alabi did
not get up.
“Alabi get
up, I saw you reading just now”
Alabi did
not get up. Rather he snored, pretending to have been fast asleep for some
“Alabi, get
up, I say. Your hurricane lantern is still burning!’
The telltale
hurricane lantern! Alabi had
forgotten it. Now the game was up. But as he was about to get up to surrender,
the resourceful school boy had a brain wave.
“Ghost!  Ghost!! 
Ghost!!!” he yelled from his bed. Immediately after, he sprang out of
bed and trotted down the walkway between the two rows of beds in the dormitory.
There was immediate confusion in the dormitory as students, woken hurriedly
from their sleep, scrambled from their beds and fled in all directions, except
in the direction of the “ghost” that was imperfectly illuminated by Alabi’s hurricane lantern. In a short
time, the dormitory was empty except for the highly embarrassed Housemaster
looking every inch like a ghost in the imperfect illumination by Alabi’s
(Culled from
the book, Read & Laugh: First 100
jokes of our time
by Olaleye Falore)


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