A Crustacean With A Sleeping Disorder

When I was in my early teens, Brother Peter sort of told me a joke. That is, he asked me a question and would not tell the punch line to this joke for many years, after I “gave up” and nearly begged him for the answer. He referred to this as a “Time Joke”, and claimed that at some point in my life that I would think of the answer without being told.

Personally, I don’t think I would ever have thought of the answer, but perhaps he was right and I didn’t give it enough time. I won’t put you through the same exercise, as I intend to give both the question and the answer in this blog today.


Some of you might not like this joke, as it is a little off-color, so I intend on asking the question in the upper part of this blog, and I will supply the answer in the area below where you will have to click and see the answer. Therefore, if you are easily offended, please do not read on. Or, if you wish to think about it to see if you could come up with the answer on your own, then don’t click below until you are ready to read the punch line.

I don’t believe Peter made this joke up, as I don’t recall him saying he did, and if there is attribution to the originator on the web somewhere, I did not research it enough to include that here. I would like to know if anyone else who knew Peter remembers him telling this joke to them in years past?

With all of that said, here is the question:




Anyway, when, (or if), you wish to know the answer to Peter’s inquiry about the crustacean with the sleeping disorder, then click below, or else treat it like the time joke that Peter claimed it was…



(*I may reconsider and actually put the word here, which may be offensive to some, but I think you can figure out the answer with the clue above… -Dobe )


4 Responses to “A Crustacean With A Sleeping Disorder”

  1. Uncle Paul

    click below? Where do I click to get the answer? I thought I was second only to Peter in knowing punchlines, but I don’t know this one. Is it “ass t’risk”? Is it “oyster beds”? Is it “shucks and farts”?

  2. Gabrielle

    Okay, so what’s the punch line??!


  3. Gabrielle

    Thinking about Peter today and enjoying having a place to go to read stories about him. Thank you, Dobe!

    I will never forget meeting him for the first time. We met down at – I think it was Huntington Beach near the Pier for pizza. Ethan came with me and Jay accompanied Peter. I think he was in Los Angeles for Jay’s graduation from UCLA. Every time I think of that extraordinary evening, I think not so much about our conversations as his beaming smile and the twinkle in his eyes. I feel lucky and honored to have met him and to know all of you Hartmans.

    with love, Gabrielle

  4. Jed

    I eventually did a web search on this joke, and found the punch line: “The crab only slept in snatches.”


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