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Amusing Monday: 25 bits of word play

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Puns have been called the lowest form of humor, I think, because there are so many bad puns hanging around.

Some puns, however, are at least as good as the most clever jokes. I talked about this last year in “Water Ways” during the annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship.

Now, I’d like to share some water-related puns from the website “Pun of the Day.” I seem to hear a few groans already, but I’m hoping most people will like these.

1. If we don’t conserve water, we could go from one ex-stream to another.

2. All the waterfowl kept their eyes closed except for one. He was a Peking Duck.

3. A friend told me he dug a hole in my backyard and filled it with water. I thought he meant well.

4. For plumbers, a flush beats a full house.

5. The building inspector said whoever installed the water pipes was plumb loco.

6. The well-driller had a boring job.

7. An ex-sailor prefers to forget the days he spent playing cards in submarines, dismissing them as ‘so much bridge under the water’.

8. You would think that being a submarine captain would pay well, but I hear they can’t keep their heads above water.

9. I used to be a tap dancer until I fell into the sink.

10. There was a big paddle sale at the boat store. It was quite an oar deal. (Ron – Eldora, IA)

11. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft it sank. This proves once and for all that you can’t have your kayak and heat it, too.

12. The soundtrack for the killer whale movie was orcastrated.

13. The water department made a gallon-t effort to provide litre-ship during the drought.

14. A waterbed may just be the vinyl resting place.

15. Anyone hear about the dictionary that fell into the river? It was un-a-bridged.

16. The river crested when a factory spilled toothpaste into it.

17. To spot a glacier you have to have good ice sight.

18. When carrying your musical instrument over ice if you don’t C sharp you will B flat.

19. Swimming can be easy or hard. It deep-ends.

20. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

21. It’s raining cats and dogs. Well, as long as it doesn’t reindeer. (Juls – Sweden)

22. What keeps a dock floating above water? Pier pressure.

A few non-water puns:

23. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was ticketed for littering.

24. The little old woman who lived in a shoe wasn’t the sole owner. There were strings attached.

25. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.


Amusing Monday: Pictorial twists on words

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This week I’m offering a bunch of visual puns, which use photos or drawings to help formulate special plays on words.

I bring these to you from the website somuchpun.com, where I found some amusing pictures last June and featured them in an “Amusing Monday” June 14 in Water Ways.

Besides the picture/word play, it is sometimes fun to read what people say in comments below each item. (Click on the picture.) Needless to say, some people are better than others with their punny comments.

funny puns - Thanks for the Advice Nemo!
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So that’s how you tuna fish

funny puns-So THAT's How You Tuna Fish!
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Amusing Monday: The word play is the thing

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Are you a person who likes puns? Personally, I’ve found that some people are far more punny than others.

I’m kind of in the middle. Some of my friends have laughed hysterically at certain kinds of word play, as I sit there wondering why I’m not amused.

I do enjoy some of the structured stories in which the punch line is a familiar phrase turned backward. According to Wikipedia, these punny stories are called feghoots. Here’s one:

Fishermen on the lake: Two fishermen were out on the lake when one of them dropped his wallet. As they watched the wallet float down to the depths of the lake, a carp came along and snatched up the wallet. Soon came another carp who stole it away and then a third joined in. Remarked one of the fisherman, “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen carp-to-carp walleting.”

I know there are better ones. I encourage you to share your favorites.

One kind of pun uses drawings or photographs to create the play. The Internet has become a great way to share these image-based ideas. I’ve borrowed a few of these from somuchpun.com.

One amusing feature of the site is that each entry contains comments from people struggling to use puns to contribute to the discussion.

Finding water on Mars

Here are some more image-based puns from the site

Mug shots

Ask Nietzsche

Fruit cocktail

Censorship

T-Mobile

I shot the serif


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"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

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