Slip Sliding Away

Q: Why did the banana put on sunscreen?
A: He didn’t want to peel!

Explanation: The outside of a banana, the yellow part that you do not eat, is called the peel.  (The outside of an lemon is called a rind and the outside of an apple is called the skin.)  Peel is also the verb when you take off the outside of the banana, orange or apple: I peel the orange before I eat it.

When you get a sunburn, sometimes your skin will peel, that is, the top layer of skill will come off because your sun-damaged skin is healing itself.  If you do not want to get a sunburn and if you do not want your skin to peel, it is a very good idea to use sunscreen lotion to protect your skin.

This joke is funny because it plays with two meanings of the word peel: the outside of a banana, and what happens to your skin after a sunburn.  (Banana peels can also be slippery so I thought of the title from Simon and Garfunkel.)

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About stfleming

Reader, writer, teacher, thinker and dreamer. Lector, escritor, profesor, pensador y soñador. I teach in Lima, Peru. Enseño en Lima, Peru.
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2 Responses to Slip Sliding Away

  1. trevorhay625 says:

    what do you call a mean sheep?

  2. Pingback: On the Lookout | Explain the Joke

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