In a lecture to a group of Korean officers, Lieut. Gen. Bruce C. Clarke, at that time deputy commander of the Eighth Army in Korea, took two to three minutes to tell his favourite joke. Everyone immediately burst into hearty laughter. After the lecture General Clarke asked the interpreter how he had been able to retell such a relatively long joke so quickly.
" Well, Sir," the Korean interpreter replied, " I didn't think everyone would get the point, so I said, 'The general has just told a joke, everyone will please laugh.' "