Yang-Na, product of Eekt’s dalliance with the mortal Ryo-Na, was passenger on a sinking boat far out into the Middle Ocean. Bitril, jealous over Eekt’s infidelity, decided to take the form of a creamwhale and swallow the girl upon her entering the water.
Finding herself in Bitril’s gullet, Ryo-Na — knowing Bitril’s weakness for her mother’s sense of humor — told three hundred and thirty-three jokes, making Bitril laugh uncontrollably and involuntarily eject her from his blowhole, whereupon she quickly swam to the waiting rescue ship.
It is for this reason that veteran sailors carry joke books when they go to sea.
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