Three men worked in the Empire State Building on the 102nd floor.
One day the elevator was out of service, so they had to walk up to their office. To pass the time, they decided that one would sing a song, one would tell a joke, and the third would tell a sad story—each taking a turn every floor until they reached the top.
Finally, as they reached the 100th floor, one man sang his last song. As they reached the 101st floor, the second guy told his last joke. As they ascended the flight to the 102nd floor, it was time for the third man to tell his last sad story. But he was silent all the way up to the 102nd floor.
“What’s the matter?” one of them asked. “Did you finally run out of stories to tell?”
They had stopped in front of their office door. “I definitely have a sad story,” he said, and hung his head. He turned tear-filled eyes on the other two men. “I forgot the key.”