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The Hearing Hitchhiker: a Deaf Joke

This classic Deaf story has been orally passed on from generation to generation in the Deaf community from the early 20th century (to our best knowledge). Enjoy!

ASL story above produced by Sorenson VRS.

In summary, a Deaf young man was driving long distance in his fancy red Ferrari. There was a hearing hitchhiker standing on the side of the highway. The Deaf driver stopped and let him in.

The Deaf guy drove too fast. Police siren. He stopped and gestured that he's deaf. The police officer hesitated as to how he could communicate with him so he waived him. The hearing man looked at the Deaf guy who shrugged. It's not unusual.

The Deaf was feeling so tired. He invited the hearing passenger to drive. The hearing guy agreed to drive. They switched. The hearing driver was pondering about what was just happening. He drove fairly fast. Police siren. He became panic. He stopped.

The hearing man looked at the Deaf guy who slept like a stone. Nervously, he didn't know what to do. Ah, he decided to be pretending that he was deaf.

The police officer looked at the hearing driver and spoke. The hearing man gestured that he was deaf. The police officer signed in ASL, "Ah, so you're deaf. My parents are Deaf. May I see your driver's license, please?"