Monday, May 16, 2016

Island Humor

Seven years ago I published this story that illustrates Ocracoke humor, but think it is worth sharing again. I hope you enjoy it.

Years ago there were three Ocracoke men who were very good friends, two brothers and another man. They played poker often, and their get-togethers always involved a large jug of homemade meal wine . Eventually one of them “got religion" and renounced strong drink. He convinced his brother and their friend to join him at a revival. At the church he got testifying, and claimed to have given “his heart to the Lord.” He shouted out that “Jesus is coming" and proclaimed in a loud voice that he was ready, no matter how the Lord chose to make his appearance. To emphasize his preparedness he bellowed out that he had “one foot on water, one foot on land, and one foot in the sea.” They say his brother got so tickled, he had to crawl out of the church.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here:


  1. Anonymous7:32 AM

    Bah ha ha, he sounds like he was still hitting the bottle!! Funny story, Ocracoke and the famous three legged man.

  2. Anonymous1:30 PM

    Are there other stories about The three-legged man of Ocracoke island? What has made him so famous?

    1. That's it. Isn't that enough?