". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


A friend sent this list of puns, which supposedly claimed top honors in an "International Pun Contest." I was unable to "google" any evidence of such a contest, but from the number of "hits" my search brought up it appears this collection of puns has been making the rounds for a while.

Contest or no contest, they are undeniably fun. Enjoy! And if you have a moment, leave a comment and vote for your favorite! (My personal favorite is #6, for obvious reasons.)

1) A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

2) Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!"

3) Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

4) Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron." The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies, "Yes, I'm positive."

5) Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? He wanted to transcend dental medication.

6) A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

7) A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

8) Some friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars.
Editor's note: I think whoever came up with this one owes us all an apology.

9) Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of callouses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail, and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him . . . (Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good) . . . A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

10) And finally, there was the person who sent ten different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.


Presbytera said...

Number 10 made me laugh out loud but I thought #9 was the most clever.

elephantschild said...

#9 is the best pun in the history of the universe. I think even Gandhi would agree.

Chris said...

I'm sorry about #9...I won't do it again :-).

Cheryl said...

You are kidding, right Chris? (By the way, my comment about wanting an apology was in reference to number 8).