Lullaby-me to the Moon

Q: How do you stop an astronaut’s baby from crying?
A: You rocket!

Explanation: Astronauts are scientists who explore and study space.  To get into space they blast off in a rocket.  In this case, ‘rocket’ is a noun, a thing.

When babies cry, they can often be calmed, soothed, by rocking them.  To rock a baby means to gently move a baby back and forth, maybe by swaying, walking, or sitting in a rocking chair.  To calm a baby, rock it.  Here ‘rock’ is a verb, an action.

This joke is funny because rocket sounds just like “rock it.”

Here is another: Rockit by Herbie Hancock:

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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