Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Overworked, Yellow People

(Apologies for the post title change - I am horribly impatient and don't take the proper time to review my posts before hitting "publish"...I'll work on that)

The ALT I'm working with now at my part-time school is a guy named Maia from New Zealand (the "from New Zealand" isn't part of his name). I'm learning all kinds of things about that country now unrelated to kiwis or Lord of the Rings! That's kind of neither here nor there, but I told him I'd mention him in this post instead of just stealing his anecdote.

The other day Maia shared with me an English riddle that one of his students constructed. I think the cultural awareness of this kid is brilliant! The riddle is:

I am never angry.
I am overworked.
I am yellow.
What am I?

Can you guess the answer? I'll give you a hint - it ain't Big Bird.


  1. Failing Jackie Chan or Spongebob Squarepants, the only other answer I can think of is a smiley face.

  2. So which one is right? Don't leave a brotha hangin'.

  3. サラリーマン, obviously.

    I think there are one or two stereotypes this joke fails to exploit, e.g., getting drunk in a bar at night instead of going home to the family.