A couple arrived at town hall seconds before closing time, and
caught a judge just as he was about to leave, and asked him to
He asked if they had a license and, when they didn't, sent them
off to get one.
They caught the town clerk just as he was locking up, and got the
license from him. When they got back to the judge, he pointed out
they had filled the names in backwards -- his where hers belonged
and vice versa.
They rushed back to the clerk's office, caught him again, and got
This time, the judge noticed that the clerk had filled in the date
in the wrong format.
Again they catch the clerk.
Again the judge found something wrong and sent them back.
After five reissued licenses, the judge is finally satisfied.
"I hope you appreciate why I made you keep going back." he said."But if there were irregularities in the license, your marriage would not be legal, you know. And...any children you might have would be technical bastards."
"That's funny," replied the groom, "that's just what the clark called you."