I used the phrase "Did you read about the gunman at the Amish school?" and Jason suggested it sounded like the beginning of a bad joke. He's totally right. And it reminded me of a story.
One of my grandparents had died. I think it was my Dad's mom, but I can't remember. The whole family had congregated in the house on my grandparents farm and were all standing around. My uncle, an extremely uptight man, started speaking solemnly. "There once was a man..."
Talking later, we all realized we were thinking the same thing. We all thought he was going to tell a limerick and were all very disappointed when he didn't.