As everyone knows, stockmarketeers in Manhattan's Wall Street are traditionally tense. But it would be a mistake to suppose they never joke or jest. A typical Wall Street joke:
First Trader: Do you know anything good?
Second Trader: Get in on Alaska Juneau.
If the First Trader winks appreciatively, slaps his thighs, it is a Knowing Joke. But if, new to his business, he smiles gratefully and proceeds to buy Alaska Juneau, it becomes a Practical Joke. In either case, it is a huge success.
For of all the stocks on the Big Board,...