November Flowers?

Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
A: Pilgrims!

Explanation: Happy Thanksgiving!!  This is one of my favorite jokes and one that I did not understand when I was a kid.

In the northern hemisphere spring comes around the month of April.  During April it rains in many areas.  The rain that falls in April gives water to the flowers that bloom in May; in much of the northern hemisphere there is snow during the winter and nothing blooms.

This joke sets up a pattern: April showers bring May flowers; May flowers bring… ?  The answer is Pilgrims who arrived in what is now Massachusetts in a boat; the name of the boat was the Mayflower.  The joke is funny because you expect an answer that begins with June, the next month according to the pattern.

Here is Charlie Brown celebrating Thanksgiving:

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Really the last pun, really!

Broken pencils are pointless.
If the tip of a pencil is broken, the pencil has no point (point-less).  If the tip of a pencil is broken the pencil has no purpose, that it is pointless.  This pun plays with the double meaning of pointless.

Thank you to the reader who contributed this one!  Really, the last pun for now.

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Last of the puns… for now

Pun PictureNo matter how much you  push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
To push the envelope” is an expression that means to exceed or try to exceed the normal limits. “Stationery” is writing materials such as paper and envelopes.  “Stationary” (-ary) means to not move.  This pun plays with the word stationery/ stationery and the idea of pushing something (moving something) and staying still (stationary).

Whoever invented knock-knock jokes should get a no-bell prize.
If you knock on the door you do not use the doorbell.  “No-bell prize” sounds like Nobel, Nobel Prize.  This pun plays with the words no-bell/ Noble.

Energizer Bunny Arrested: Charged with Battery

  • When people are arrested they are charged with a crime.
  • One of the crimes you can be charged with is battery (verb): contact that hurts another person.
  • A battery (noun) is a small energy source that might be put in a flashlight or radio.
  • The Energizer Bunny is a toy that is used by Energizer Batteries to advertise their products.  The Energizer Bunny toy uses batteries, that is, it gets its power from batteries: it is charged with batteries.

This pun plays with the words battery and charged and their double meanings.

I put my grandma on speed dial.  I call that Instagram.
Speed dial is one button on a phone that dials instantly someone’s telephone number.  If a speed dial button is programmed to call grandma then it dials grandma instantly.  Combine instantly and grandma and you get insta-gram  which sounds like Instagram, a photo sharing website… you also get a punderful pun!

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More Puns Explained

In my previous posting I showed a picture of some puns.  Here I continue to explain the puns.

The other day I held the door open for a clown.  It was a nice jester.
A clown and a jester are very similar characters.
“Jester” sounds like “gesture.”
When you do something nice for someone it is a nice gesture.
This pun is funny because it is a nice gesture to hold the door open and the clown (the jester) was nice.  Double meaning and similar words make for a good pun!!

Pasteurize
Pasteurize sounds like “past your eyes.”  If something is past your eyes it is too far to see.  (Pasteurize really means to heat something in order to kill the bacteria.)

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Puns

According to the Urban Dictionary, a pun is “a play on words, usually used for comic reception,” that is, used to make people laugh or groan.  A friend sent me this picture on Facebook (it is not mine and I do now know where it comes from) and it is a good example of some puns:

Pun Picture

 

 

Let me explain a bit:

A coffee cup is called a mug.  To mug someone is to assault them with with the intent to rob them.  This  is a pun because it plays with the word mug in reference to stealing a coffee cup, a mug.

Click on the picture to read more mugs (and I will continue to explain the puns in this picture this week).

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Attorney Wear

Q: What do lawyers wear to court?
A: Lawsuits!

Explanation: There are many, many lawyer jokes; this is just one example.

Lawyers go to court to represent plaintiffs (civil court), defendants (civil court and criminal court) and the prosecution (criminal court).  When lawyers go to court they need to wear nice clothing- usually they wear a suit because it is a formal situation.

A lawsuit is when one party sues another in court.

This joke plays with the words suit and lawsuit: the idea that a lawyer who works with the law would wear a law-suit.

Here is one of my favorite law videos: How a bill becomes a law.

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Polished Bread

Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish?
A: Every morning you will rise and shine!

Explanation: Yeast is the ingredient in bread that makes it rise; if there is no yeast or the yeast is dead you will get flat bread or flatbreads.

Shoe polish is the paste that you put on your shoes with a rag and then polish with a brush to make your shoes shine.

When you put yeast (makes bread rise) and shoe polish (to shine your shoes) together you “rise and shine.”  “Rise and shine” is a common phrase in many homes in the United States.  It is often used in the morning or when you need to wake someone up.  YouTube is full of motivational videos that use the phrase “rise and shine.”  Here is one way Disney used “rise and shine” …

 

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