1. Much Worse
Policeman: Why didn‘t you shout for help when you were robbed of your watch?
Man: If I had opened my mouth, they‘d have found my four gold teeth. That would be much worse.
Once, late at night, an Englishman came out of his room into the corridor（走廊） of a hotel and asked the servant to bring him a glass of water. The servant did as he was asked. The Englishman re-entered his room, but a few minutes later he came into the corridor again and once more asked the servant for a glass of water. The servant brought him another glass of water. Every few minutes the Englishmen would come out of his room and repeat his request. After a half-hour the astonished servant decided to ask the Englishman what he was doing with the water. Nothing, the Englishman answered imperturbably（平静地） , It’s simply that my room is on fire.
一天晚上，一个英国人从他住的旅店房间里走出来。来到走廊上，叫旅店的服务员给他拿一杯水来。服务员按他的要求做了。英国人回到了他的房间里，几分钟后他 又来到走廊上，让服务员再给他送一杯水。服务员又给他送了一杯水。每隔几分钟。英国人就走出房间重复他的要求。 半小时之后．这位感到惊讶的服务员决定问问房客要这些水干什么，英国人不谎不忙地回答：没什么．只不过是我的房间里起火了。
Professor: Before we begin the examination are there any question?
Student: What‘s the name of this course?
4.Alexander the Great
Landon had made an unsuccessful attempt at the recitation（背诵，朗诵） , and the doctor, somewhat nettled（刺激，惹恼） , said: Landon, you don‘t seem to be getting on very fast in this subject. You seem to lack ambition. Why, at your age Alexander the Great had conquered half the world.
Yes, said Landon, he couldn‘t help it, for you will recall the fact, doctor, that Alexander the Great had Aristotle for a teacher.