Why Are Puns So Popular?

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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I’ve been doing puns for a while now and it seems that a lot of other people like them too. I just can’t figure out the reason. I mean the jokes themselves are, to say the least, sometimes contrived and quite bad. Yet people groan, grimace and laugh and come back for more – me included, I’m just not sure why.

If you think you have the answer do let me know.

Meantime enjoy this week’s selection.

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The other day someone left a piece of silly putty in my house. I didn’t know what to make of it.

color silly putty or  plasticine

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My wife has left me because I am a compulsive gambler. I’d do anything to win her back.

compulsive gambler

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Some people are making Rapture jokes like there’s no tomorrow.

the end is coming

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Tea is for mugs.

tea mug

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Did you hear about the physics student who couldn’t understand quantum theory? He was thicker than a Planck!

Max Planck (1858 - 1917), German physicist considered the founder of the quantum theory.
Max Planck (1858 – 1917), German physicist considered the founder of the quantum theory.

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A woman was attacked by a troupe of mime artists. They performed unspeakable acts on her.

mime gang

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Wind turbines. I’m a big fan.

wind turbine fan cartoon

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NBC News: Two pedestrians die in collision. How fast must they have been walking?

pedestrian collision

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Don’t you just hate it when people think there clever but use the wrong grammar?

grammar cartoon

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Iraq drastically needs to reduce its car bomb footprint.

used car showroom, Iraq

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A book just fell on my head. I’ve only got myshelf to blame.

bookshelf

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“So, how’s life in North Korea?”

“Well, I can’t complain.”

kim-jong-il-cartoon

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How do you find a blind man in a nudist colony?  It’s not hard.

How-do-you-find-a-blind-man

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Cocaine is never a solution. Unless, of course, you dissolve it in water.

cocaine drink

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I got a phone call from electric company to say my bill was outstanding. I said, “Thanks!”

outstanding bill

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I often say to myself, “I can’t believe that cloning machine worked!”

cloning machine

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When my girlfriend said she was leaving because of my obsession with The Monkees, I thought she was joking. And then I saw her face.

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32 thoughts on “Why Are Puns So Popular?

  1. Well, I WAS gonna make a bunch of Monkees jokes, but just like a skinned banana, they have no appeal. I did try to start a Monkees fan club one time, but I blew it.
    Oh, and for Alex – the little guy does more than just stand there and look cute. He also builds school storage. Surely you’ve heard of Davy Jones’ lockers! 😯
    Not sure if I should admit this or not, but I actually know of the song “Guitarzan”. Among many others. I always loved weird songs like that, including Spike Jones. Boy, I better get out my good suit, I’m dating myself! 😀

      • Is that an original song, or did he poach something? I do love some of those background shots – I’ve been in a LOT of antique/miscellany/permanent garage sale stores that look like that 3-high of “tchotskis”! And I WANT that Farrah poster! WOW! 😀
        And yes, I used to hang out quite a bit on eBay, and was quite the sniper. Weirdest thing? Hmm – probably the WW2 British Airborne radio, with both the antenna and handset cords chopped off. (I had plans for it – but then real life intervened.) Or maybe the WW2 era test kit to check that your field phones and switchboards work. That thing weighs a good 80 pounds! Ya know, my local UPS guy quit right after he delivered that. Wonder if he had to take time off for hernia surgery….. 😉

    • There was a lot of love for the Monkees. Not bad for a band that was only put together for the tv program.
      Here’s another one

      or here’s the whole lot

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