Flying Garbage?

Q: What has 4 wheels and flies?
A: A garbage truck!

Explanation:  When you hear “4 wheels and flies” you expect that the word “flies” means something that flies in the air like an airplane or perhaps Superman.  You do not expect that “flies” means the insect, fly (or rather the plural of fly: flies).

It’s true: a garbage truck has 4 wheels and lots of flies because flies like garbage.

And just for fun, here is a flying garbage truck:

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Up, Down and Over

Q: What goes through towns, up hills and down hills but never moves?
A: The road!

Explanation:  A road goes through towns, a road goes up hills and a road goes down hills but a road never moves- the vehicles on the road move.

This joke is funny because when you hear it, you are expecting an answer related to something like an animal or a car, not a road.

In the United States there are many songs and stories about roads and road trips.  Here is one version of a road song with visuals the whole way: Route 66

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Night Drawing?

Q: Why should you take a pencil to bed?
A: To draw the curtains!

Explanation:  At night, many people close the curtains (shut the curtains, draw the curtains) to keep the light out.  “Draw the curtains” is another way to say, “Close the curtains” or shut the curtains.”

One of the uses of a pencil is to draw, that is, create pictures using a pencil and paper.

This joke is funny because it plays with two meanings of the word draw.  Here is a video of how to draw a pencil:

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Jail Call

Q: What do prisoners use to call each other?
A: Cell phones!

Explanation:  A cell phone is a celular phone, a mobil phone.  They are the ones that are replacing land lines as we stay connected 24/7.  Did you know that there are more than 6 billion cell phones in use?

Prisoners are kept in jail cells or prison cells.

This joke is funny because it uses the word “cell” in two different ways. Here is another way telephones are used:

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Tall Tales?

Q: What is the tallest building in the world?
A: A library- it has the most stories!

Explanation:  The word story has more than one meaning: the floors of a building, a 5 story building for example, or an account of events that happened to real or imaginary people.

Libraries are filled with stories about people and animals and things and … so libraries are the buildings with the most stories and therefore, the tallest.

Here is a link to the tallest buildings but not necessarily the most stories- that would be a library!

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Cross a Cow?

Q: What do you get when you cross a cow and a duck?
A: Milk and quackers!

Explanation:  Bad joke, my apologies… but it made me giggle.

A cow gives milk and ducks quack– but you already knew that.  So, a duck that quacks could be called a quacker in the same way that a person who robs is a robber and a person who thinks is a thinker.

“Quackers” sounds like “crackers” which go well with milk!  Enjoy some crackers and milk.

And here is a duck that milks a cow (and sings Old MacDonald):

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O Bother!

Q: Why are frogs so happy?
A: They eat whatever bugs them!

Explanation:  Bugs– those bothersome little insects.  If something “bugs you” that means that something irks you, bothers you, pesters you, annoys you, is bothersome to you, …

Frogs eat bugs, that is, insects.  Therefore, frogs eat the bugs that bug them which, in turn, makes them happy.  (My grandpa was happy when eating frogs – frog legs.)

A silly joke that plays with the word “bug.”

Winnie The Pooh would often say, “O bother” when bugged by something:

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