This Should Make You Laugh Out Loud – Especially If You’re Italian

Since it’s Saturday, we’ll do something on the lighter side. I happen to be 100% Italian. Here’s an old Italian joke that I like. My fellow Pizons will appreciate it. :-)

An old Italian man lived alone in upstate New York. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vinnie,

I’m pretty upset. It looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. The ground is just too hard. I know if you were here you would dig it for me. Oh well. Maybe in the future.



A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Pop,

Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.



At 4 am the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Pop,

You should be able to plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.



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  • Harvey Yoder

    I really enjoy your blog.

    I hope it’s OK to have just posted the above joke on my Harvspot blogsite as an illustration of some things our laughter might really be about.

  • Gab

    I am an Italian in Rome. love what you are dealing with … feel free to let me know if you pass thru Rome. would love to invite you in my church… Don’t forget Italy is a third world country about Christianity (not talking about religion but saved people). May God bless you mightily.

  • Mike Freeman

    Thank you for the laugh! Well timed. I’m enjoying your blog. Much. :)

  • Frank Viola

    3rd generation Italian-American. My grandparents on both sides were born in Italy.

  • Sally Roach

    I thought you were American, Frank. Your English is really good.