Sad Fruit

Q: What fruit do you eat when you are sad?
A: Blueberries.

Explanation: In English some colors are associated with feelings.  Blue is associated with sadness.  When you “feel blue” it means that you are feeling sad.

If the berries are blue then are they sad?  Only in this joke are berries sad; it is the double meaning of the word ‘blue’ that makes this joke funny (the color and being sad).

Blueberries for me are not sad- they make me happy, especially when I pick my own in the wild.  Here is a video of some campers picking blueberries in the Boundary Waters:

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Musical Teeth

Q: What musical instrument is found in the bathroom?
A: A tuba toothpaste.

Explanation: A ‘tuba‘ is a large musical instrument, a brass instrument, that plays very low notes when you blow into it.

A tube of toothpaste is, well, toothpaste that comes in a tube and it is usually kept in the bathroom.

If you say “tube of toothpaste” fast it sounds like “tuba toothpaste” and that is what makes this joke funny.

Here is an old commercial for Ipana Toothpaste with Bucky Beaver:

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Transparently

Q: Why are ghosts so bad at lying?
A: Because you can see right through them!

Explanation: To “see through” someone means to understand them, what they really mean, to understand the truth.  You can “see through” someone who is telling a lie; that is, you can tell that they are lying, not telling the truth.

Of course you can see through a ghost because ghosts are transparent.

Do you play Minecraft?  Here is how to make a ghost (transparent player) in Minecraft:

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Heartfelt Halloween

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to school?
A: His heart wasn’t in it.

Explanation: A skeleton is just your bones; nothing on the inside and nothing on the outside.  That means that there is no heart in a skeleton.

If your “heart isn’t in it” that means that you do not want to do something: Peter’s dad wanted him to play football but Peter’s heart wasn’t in it (he did not want to play football).

This joke is funny because of the double meaning: a skeleton does not have a heart and this skeleton did not want to go to school.

Here is a skeleton who was missing a bone (and a heart!).

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Kind of Punny

Another pun:
I used to hate crayons but I’m drawn to them now.

Explanation: Crayons are used for drawing.  “To be drawn to something” means that something is enticing, attractive, makes you want to approach it or get to know it.  I love water so when I see it, I am drawn to water.  I am also drawn to chocolate and coffee.  My students are drawn to the game Pokémon Go on their phones.  This pun is funny because of the use of the word “drawn.”

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Apple or Blueberry?

Q: What’s the best thing to put into a pie?
A: Your teeth!

Explanation:    Mmmmmm!  I love a good pie!  I love to sink my teeth into a good pie (“Sink your teeth into” is also an idiom)!

When someone asks you about putting something into a pie, most people think about what type of pie they like such as apple pie or French Silk pie.  This joke is funny because it gives an unexpected answer, your teeth, when the expected answer is a type of pie.

Watch this video to learn how to draw a pie:

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Chicken Little

Q: Why did the Easter egg hide?
A: Because he was a little chicken!

Explanation:    An egg will soon become a chicken so you could say that an egg is a little chicken, a small chicken (OK, I know that an egg is not a chicken, not yet anyway, but that idea helps make this joke funny).

“To be chicken” means to be scared: He’s too chicken to go down the slide = he’s too scared or too afraid to go down the slide.  Sometimes people hide when they are scared like in this scene from the movie Jurassic Park.

So, when the egg hides it is a little chicken, both a scared chicken and and a small chicken!

Take a look at these Easter Eggs:

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