When a Buffalo Got Stolen at 8:45 p.m.

Posted on December 11, 2009
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Owais Mughal

One fine morning in 1981, our class teacher called in sick. Few students shed crocodile tears and a substitute teacher was sent in by the office to take class teacher’s place for the day. As substitute teachers sometimes do, he was doing anything but teach. He asked our class if anyone knew any jokes. My friend Nauroze Rahimtoola Panjwani immediately stood up and with a flat face told us this joke. I kid you not, it felt so funny that for next five minutes many of us were holding our stomachs and laughing so hard that headmistress had to come in to check on our class. In ‘naujawaani’ (youth), a person laughs a lot anyways – without any reason – and for any excuse, but this joke still makes me smile. Let me try it on you.

It goes like this. A teacher asks a ‘la-parwaah’ (un-attentive) student to write down following sentences in khush-khat (good handwriting) and then show it to him. The sentences were:


The student being unattentive, messes up the sentences and writes down following paragraph:

What happend to the student afterwards is unknown, but I hope it made you smile. For those who think this was too sily, my suggestion would be to lighten up a bit, think about the days when you were in Grade V and read it again :)

For our English readership the translation of what the teacher asked the student to write is:

It was quarter to nine. Stars were shining and dogs were barking. A thief came, climbed over a wall and ran away with a buffalo.

What the student wrote instead was:

It was nine to quarter. Dogs were shining and Stars were barking. A thief came, climbed over a buffalo and ran away with the wall.

Do you have any jokes to share from your school days?

Photo Credits: Akram Ali

13 Comments on “When a Buffalo Got Stolen at 8:45 p.m.”

  1. Daanish says:
    December 11th, 2009 3:08 am

    Funny,lol:)

  2. adeel says:
    December 11th, 2009 4:01 am

    Good god. I remember this too from my school days… and we used to find it so funny that we couldn’t stop laughing. especially the last bit where choor “runs away with the wall”.

  3. ShahidnUSA says:
    December 11th, 2009 9:00 am

    If you know me by now through my comments I love jokes. Even in the serious times I never stop.

    I like to keep them short but sweet, the jokes.

    My memory is like an elephant, hardly forget.
    In karachi I used to have pet pigeons. All day I would be on my roof in PECHS karachi flying pigeons. My favourite was a female white pigeon with a tail like a peacock. When I would throw her in the air, she would tumble ( balance problem?) in the sky and I would think that she was performing acrobats for me.
    One day , a guy sold me a pair of pigeons for Ten rupees. I thought it was a great price. The next morning, I checked the pair was gone. And you know where it went to.

  4. Omer says:
    December 11th, 2009 10:53 am

    Yar, Bara Ghisa Pita Lateefa Hai Ye!

  5. Sajjad says:
    December 11th, 2009 6:01 pm

    Owais, I still call quarter to nine – noney pooN. It was clasic of our times. I actually had forgoten about the whole sentence. Thanks for reminding.

  6. Adnan says:
    December 11th, 2009 6:20 pm

    Q: Tumhari bajji pe keya ghara hai?
    A: Nonay pon

  7. Gardezi says:
    December 11th, 2009 6:20 pm

    Funny stuff.

    Reminds me of the nursery rhyme, “and the cow jumped over the moon.”

    I guess that might have started the same way.

  8. go-green says:
    December 11th, 2009 7:26 pm

    come on…. grow up kids…. there is nothing funny about it..its just stupid

  9. December 11th, 2009 7:58 pm

    I remember this joke. It use to be “Super hit” joke in our school….

    Thanks for reminding those “Befiqari ke din”

  10. December 12th, 2009 10:19 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “funny”
    - “its stupid”
    - “that is hillarius! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ah”
    - “funnnnnnnnnnny….”
    - “lolzzzzzzzzzzz”

  11. Kinan says:
    December 12th, 2009 12:37 pm

    I remember this joke, but in our version the buffalo leaped the wall to take the thief.

  12. Arfeen says:
    December 12th, 2009 3:34 pm

    i have studied in different schools due to dad’s postings but in almost every school i got to hear this particular joke with different versions ….i guess it was kinda ‘national’ joke in 90s.

  13. Quran Online says:
    November 5th, 2010 1:29 am

    LOL,Its funny per interesting

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