Q: What did the turkey say to the hunter? A: Quack, quack!
Explanation: Happy Thanksgiving Day to readers who are celebrating Thanksgiving today. I hope you are safe, and healthy. Thank you for reading Explain the Joke!
On Thanksgiving day, many families celebrate with a traditional turkey meal. Of course if you are the turkey, it is not such a good thing.
This joke is funny because the turkey is pretending to be a duck by saying, “Quack quack.” Every language has words that mean animal sounds. In English, a turkey says gobble (scroll down on that link to hear the gobble).
Here is a reminder of the importance of being thankful.
Q: What happened when the ship ran aground while transporting red paint and black paint? A: The crew was marooned!
Explanation: A bit of transportation humor this week. To run aground means that the ship was not floating, but the bottom of the ship was touching the ocean floor (the ground under the water). If a ship runs aground it is like a car hitting something and a big mess can occur. The ship in the joke was carrying red paint and black paint, so all all of the paint probably spilled and mixed together creating the color maroon.
If a ship runs aground in a place where there are no people we say that the ship is marooned, that is, stuck in a place where it cannot leave.
This joke is funny because it plays with the word maroon, a color, and marooned, to be stranded or stuck.
Of course you can be marooned in space like in this 1969 film:
Explanation: A lunar eclipse happens during a full moon when the earth moves between the sun and the moon so that the full moon can no longer be seen. The moon, of course does not have hair but that is part of what makes this joke funny.
Another way to say that you cut your hair is to say that you clip it. (There is even a chain of shops called Great Clips where you can get your hair cut.)
This joke is funny because “eclipse it” sounds almost like “he clips it.” I know that this joke does not make a lot of sense, but it does make me laugh. Silly!
Here is a different look at the moon in the first science fiction film. If you know the book or the movie The Invention of Hugo Cabretyou will recognize it. (Yes, Georges Méliès was a real person.)
Q: Why was the baby strawberry crying? A: Because her parents were in a jam!
Explanation: Jam is a type of food that is typically made of fruit. Jam is usually spread on another food like bread or toast (like the way butter is spread on bread or toast). If you use strawberries to make jam, you have made strawberry jam. Mmmm! I like it.
To be in a jam is an idiom that means to be in a difficult situation, to have a problem.
This joke is funny because it plays with meanings of the word jam. Yes, it might make you cry if your parents were in a jam (in a difficult situation), especially if you are a strawberry!
The word jam is also used when musicians play together like in the video below. A jam session is usually informal and may involve improvisation.
Q: What did the baby corn say to the mama corn? A: Where is pop corn?
Explanation: There are many types of families. Some families, like the one in this joke, are made of a mom, dad, and baby. Mom can be called mama; dad can be called pop.
Corn, of course, does not have a family, but there are many types of corn. One type of corn is popcorn. Popcorn is a type of corn that, when heated, explodes into a white, fluffy piece that you can eat.
This joke is funny because it plays with the word pop: a type of corn and a name for dad.
Do you like to eat popcorn? I do. I especially like to make popcorn on the stove with my stove-top popper. Then I add just a touch of salt. I find that my stove-top popcorn is better than microwave popcorn. Here is a kernel of popcorn exploding in slow motion (it’s pretty amazing!).
There are many words in English that have multiple meanings and this joke shows us many of them that are related to a river. The water in a river runs. The river murmurs by making noise as it flows to the sea. The bed of the river is the ground that is under the river. The mouth of the river is where the river flows into the ocean.
This joke is funny because it uses many words related to river that have multiple meanings.