Kevin Smith always read the obituary column. His friends knew his habit, so one day they decided to play a trick on him by placing his name and picture in the obituaries.

The following morning, Kevin picked up his newspaper, turned to the obituary page, and there saw his name, biography, and photo. Startled, he immediately called his mother. “Mom, listen,” he said. “Do you have the morning paper? You do? Please turn to the obituary page. You have? What did you see in the second column?”

There was a pause, and then his mother said, “My goodness! It’s you, Kevin! Listen, where are you calling from?”