The Cows Might Be Listening

Q: Why shouldn’t you tell secrets on a farm?
A: Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears!

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Explanation: Ah, yes- more food jokes!

When you look at a potato, you will see it has small bumps sticking out.  It is from these points that new potato plants will grow.  These points are called eyes, potato eyes.  No, potatoes cannot see with their eyes.

An ear of corn was explained here.  When you take corn from the field, harvest the corn, you are taking the ears off of the plant.

This joke is funny because it plays with the word eyes (eyes you see with/eyes of a potato) and ears (ears you hear with/ears of corn).  If potatoes can see you and the corn can hear you, you probably shouldn’t tell secrets!

Learn to grow potatoes here:

 

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My Treat

Q: What did one plate say to the other?
A: Dinner is on me!

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Explanation: When a meal such as breakfast, lunch, or dinner is served, it is typically put on a plate.  If you go to a restaurant, the server may bring your food on a tray; the plates are then taken from the tray and set on your table.  Your food is on the plate.  So, if a plate full of food is talking, dinner (or lunch or breakfast) is really on the plate.

“Dinner is on me” is also an idiom that means, “I will pay for your food.”  When you go to a restaurant and someone says to you, “Dinner is on me,” it means that the speaker will buy your meal.  (Be sure to say, “Thank you” if someone buys your dinner!)

This joke is funny because it plays with the idiom, “dinner is on me.”  Dinner is actually on the plate… and, in this joke, the plate will pay for dinner.  (By the way, the title “My treat” is another idiom that means that the speaker will pay for the meal.)

Learn how to make a plate here:

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Run, Run as Fast as You Can

Q: What does the gingerbread boy put on his bed?
A: Cookie sheets!3-gingerbread-man-cookies

Explanation: A gingerbread boy is a type of cookie that is made out of gingerbread and cut in the shape of a person.  Many people in the United States bake gingerbread cookies during December and decorate them with frosting.

Sheets are used to cover a mattress before you lie down on it.

Cookie sheets are flat pieces of metal that are used to bake cookies.  When you put the cookie dough on the cookie sheet you can put it into the oven.

This joke is funny because it plays with the word ‘sheet;’ there are sheets that you put on a bed and cookie sheets that are used for baking.

If you would like to make your own gingerbread cookies you can watch this video.  (If you go to the video on YouTube you will see the recipe.)

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Word Wizard

Q: What is a wizard’s favorite class in school?
A: Spelling!

Explanation: To spell a word (verb) is to say each letter in the word one by one: l – e – t – t – e – r. (Spelling in English is a challenge!)

The magic words that wizards says are called spells (noun).  When a wizard casts a spell, some magic will happen.

This joke is funny because it plays with the different meanings of the word spell.  Here are some spells from the Harry Potter movies:

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Puppy Time

Q: What do you call a dog that can tell time?
A: A watch-dog!

Explanation: A watchdog is a dog that guards your house; they are also known as guard dogs. (Watchdog can also refer to a group or agency that makes sure that other groups are doing good work.)

A watch is something you use to tell what time it is; a watch is typically worn on your wrist although some people use pocket watches.  (A clock also shows the time but is usually on a wall or on a table.)

This joke is funny because it makes you think of a dog wearing a watch: A watch-dog.  Can you imagine a dog wearing a watch, telling time?

While these dogs below may not be able to tell time, they do a great job of herding:

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Can you ear me now?

Q: What has many ears but cannot hear?
A: A field of corn!

Explanation: “Ear” has two meanings (when used as a noun, a thing): 1) Most people (and most animals) have an ear on each side of their head that allow them to hear sound; 2) ear also means the whole cob of corn (see the picture).

This joke is funny because it plays with two meanings of the word ‘ear.’

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By the way, ear is used in some common idioms such as I’m all ears (listening completely), I learned it by ear (to learn a song by listening), and Your suggestion went in one ear and out the other (something you heard but it did not impact you in any way).

Harvest time is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere so I thought a corn joke would be appropriate.  Watch the corn harvest here:

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Stealth

Q: What kind of shoes does a ninja wear?
A: Sneakers!

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Explanation:  A very long time ago in Japan, ninjas worked as secret agents for the government; they were spies who were trained in the martial art of ninjutsu.  They were known for being very quiet when they worked so that no one would hear them; ninjas sneak around quietly.  To sneak (verb) means to go quietly so that no one will hear you.

Sneakers (noun) is another word for tennis shoes or running shoes.

This joke is funny because it plays with the word sneaker: Both a type of shoe and someone who sneaks.

Do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wear sneakers?

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