A man ends up in jail and befriends his cellmate. After a couple months of being harassed and bothered as it par for the course in a minimal security prison, he’s sitting in his cell with his cell mate. From a floor down he hears someone yell, “NUMBER 37.” Everyone within earshot is dying of laughter. His cellmate yelled out, “NUMBER 52!!” Everyone again starts laughing hysterically from their cells. The man, who at this point is perplexed, asks his cellmate what the numbers all mean. The cellmate responds, “Most of us have been here for so long that we’ve heard all the jokes we’ll ever hear, so we decided to number them to save time.” Slightly impressed with this, the man couldn’t help but ask his cell mate to teach him some of the jokes and their respective numbers.
Six months go by and he’s ready to start telling some jokes. A man down the hall yells out, “NUMBER 120!” Everyone is in tears. Another man yells, “NUMBER 6!!” Once again, laughter. This was his chance. The man yells, “NUMBER 83!!” Silence. He yells it again. “NUMBER 83!!” Still, silence. A little frustrated he turns to his cellmate.