Sven Svensen's Chinese Laundry

Walking through Chinatown, a tourist turns a corner and sees a building with the sign, "Sven Svensen's Chinese Laundry."

"Sven Svensen?" he muses. "How the heck does that fit in here?" So he walks into the shop and sees an old Chinese gentleman behind the counter. The tourist asks, "How did this place get a name like "Sven Svensen's Laundry?"

The old man answers, "Is legal name of owner, me."

"You? How did you ever get a name like Sven Svensen?"

"Is simple," says the old man. "Many, many year ago when I come to this country, I was stand in line at Documentation Center. Two men in front were big blonde Swedes. Lady look at first one and go, 'What your name?' He say, 'My name Sven Svensen.' Lady look at second one and go, 'What your name?' He say, 'My name Sven Svensen.' Then she look at me and go, 'What your name?'"

"I say, 'Sem Ting.'"

Revised 2013 by Larry Gentleman