One day, Joe Smith was bragging to his friend, “I know everybody!”
Tired of his boasting, his friend called his bluff, “OK, Joe, how about Tom Cruise?”
“Sure, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it.” So Joe and his friend fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door. Sure enough, Tom Cruise comes to the door and shouts, “Bubba! Great to see you! You and your
friend come right in and join me for lunch!”
Leaving the house, Joe’s friend says, “Okay, so you happen to know a movie star. That still doesn’t prove you know ‘everybody.’”
“Okay, just name anyone else,” Bubba says.
“Queen Elizabeth,” his friend quickly replies.
The two fly off to London, where they are immediately admitted into Buckingham Palace and Joe introduces his friend to the British Monarch.
Leaving the palace, the friend shakes his head and says, “I have to admit, that’s amazing, but one movie star and one queen don’t prove that you know ‘everybody.’ I know! I bet you don’t know the Pope!”
Off the two go to Rome. Outside the Vatican, Joe says, “You will have to wait here. Watch that balcony up there, and I will prove shortly that I know the Pope.”
Sure enough, half an hour later, Bubba emerges onto the balcony, chatting with a man at his side. Still doubtful, the friend stops a young boy walking by and asks him, “Who is that up on the balcony?”
The boy looked up and responded, “I don’t know who the guy with the funny hat is, but isn’t that Joe Smith standing beside him?”