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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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As the clowns visiting Stafford Hospital would say: Five out of four people have trouble with fractions

Luv-n-Laffs members include (top, from left) Frank Ringquist, Mary Ringquist, Tina Maurer, (bottom) Pat Jannell and Joann Menelaos.

Follow a clown troupe through a hospital, and this is the kind of joke you might hear:

How do you fix a broken pizza? Use tomato paste.

Or maybe this one:

What do you get if you combine an elephant with a rhinoceros? Elephino. (Said while shrugging the shoulders.)

Each month the members of Luv-n-Laffs, a Stafford County clown alley, visit Stafford and Mary Washington hospitals. Last Saturday morning, five members of the group, dressed in white coats and colorful outfits, marched through the halls of Stafford Hospital, sowing smiles with the patients and staff.

The clowns included Frank Ringquist, Mary Ringquist, Joann Menelaos, Tina Maurer and Pat Jannell. Here are some of the jokes they told:

No, they don't drive with these.

Why did the banana go to the doctor? He wasn’t peeling well.

Why did the sesame seed keep telling jokes? Because he was on a roll.

What do you get when you combine dentures and dry ice? Frost bite.

What do you call a vegetarian with diarrhea? A salad shooter. (Toilet humor, I grant you, but you should have seen the ER staff when they heard it.)

(For more on the Luv-n-Laffs group, see the story soon in the paper.)