Q: Can a leopard hide anywhere he wants?
A: No, he is always spotted!
Explanation: If you have ever seen a leopard, you will know that leopards have spots. Spots are the round marks that a leopard has on its fur.
Spot can also be used as a verb. To spot something means to find it or notice it while looking for it- I spotted a squirrel in the tree.
This joke is funny because it plays with the word spot. A leopard is spotted (adjective) because it has spots; a leopard is spotted (verb) when you see it.
This is from Rudyard Kipling‘s Just So Stories about How the Leopard Got His Spots:
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Q: What is the difference between a pirate and a cranberry farmer?
A: A pirate buries his treasure while a cranberry farmer treasures his berries!
Explanation: Cranberries are a sour fruit, related to blueberries, that are used to make cranberry sauce and cranberry juice. Because they are so sour they are not usually eaten by themselves.
Pirates are, well, pirates (think Pirates of the Caribbean).
This joke is funny because it plays with the word treasure. When used as a noun it is a thing that is very important to you, like the treasure that pirates bury. When it is a verb, you treat it with respect because of its value to you, you treasure it.
Watch the cranberry harvest here-
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Q: Why is a tree like a noisy dog?
A: Because each has a lot of bark!
Explanation: Dogs bark; barking is the noise they frequently make (some dogs bark less then others). In this case, ‘bark’ is a verb, an action.
Trees have bark; when you touch the trunk of a tree you are touching the bark. In this case, ‘bark’ is a noun, a thing.
This joke is funny because it plays with the two meanings of the word ‘bark.’
Here is a barking dog running up the trunk of a tree, touching the bark, of course.
Thanks to a student of mine for his inspiring care for dogs!
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Q: Why do prisoners like the punctuation marks period (.), exclamation point (!) and question mark (?) when they write?
A: Because each one marks the end of their sentence!
Explanation: If you have been convicted of a crime and sent to jail, your sentence is the time that you must stay in jail. Of course, everyone in jail awaits the end of their sentence so they can get out of jail.
The punctuation marks period, exclamation point and question mark are used to indicate the end of a sentence when writing. In writing, a sentence is a complete thought that can stand alone, typically including at least a subject and a verb (but there are exceptions).
This joke is funny because it plays with two meanings of the word sentence.
Speaking of sentences, watch this video for information about a different type of sentence, an interjection.
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Q: What color is a happy cat?
Explanation: Cats make two common sounds- they meow and they purr (they can also howl and screech but those sounds are not as common). Purring is that low, rumble that you can feel on a cat’s neck under its chin. Purring is a sound that a cat makes when it is happy.
Purple, as you know, is a color.
This joke is funny because it plays with the pur in purple and purr. I hope you have a purrfect day!
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Q: Why did the teacher wear sunglasses during class?
A: Because her students were so bright!
Explanation: Have you ever seen a teacher wear sunglasses while teaching in a classroom? I haven’t. Most people only wear sunglasses when they are outside in the sun. The light from the sun is so bright that it is good for your eyes to shade them with sunglasses.
Students who are smart can also be called bright. In this case, smart and bright are synonyms.
This joke is funny because it plays with two meanings of the word bright: giving off lots of light and smart.
Here is a song about a bright future and the use of sunglasses (shades):
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Q: What can you catch but not throw?
A: A cold!
Explanation: Are you familiar with the expression, to catch a cold? when you catch a cold you get a cold (runny nose, sneezing, maybe coughing, …) from someone else. Cold sometimes means the opposite of hot but in this joke it refers to getting sick.
Normally when you catch something, like a ball or a frisbee, you can throw it back to someone. You can catch a cold but you cannot throw it… although you can pass a cold along to someone else. So, if you are sick, if you have a cold, please take care of yourself so you do not pass it on to someone else.
This joke is funny because it plays with the word catch (catch a ball) and the phrase catch a cold. Stay healthy!
Here is an explanation of how you can catch a cold:
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