13 May 2012

Crime and PUNishment

ghost writer
ghost writer
by Leigh Lundin

SleuthSayers and Criminal Briefers are known for their love of word play. Last Tuesday Dale Andrews brought us The Devil's Dictionary and two weeks before that an article on paraprosdokia, bracketing humor by Rob Lopresti, Neil Schofield, and others.

At Criminal Brief's Corporate Headquarters, puns surfaced early and often. Today's contribution comes to us from South Africa, thanks to friends Michael Forsyth and his wife Cherri. You'll find new jeux de mots and a few old favorites. The visual puns are copyrighted by their creators, including the very clever thievery at the end from Worth1000.com.

Are We Having Pun Yet?
  • I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
  • I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
  • He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
  • I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
  • When chemists die, they barium.
  • Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
  • How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
  • I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
  • This girl said she recognised me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
  • They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a type-O.
  • PMS jokes aren't funny. Period.
  • Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
  • We are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz.
  • row versus wade
    not-so-dry humor
  • Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
  • When you get a bladder infection urine trouble.
  • Broken pencils are pointless.
  • I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
  • What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
  • England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
  • I used to be a banker, but I lost interest.
  • I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
  • I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
  • Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
  • Velcro, what a rip off!
  • A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.
  • Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
  • What is the purpose of reindeer? It makes the grass grow, sweetie.
  • The earthquake in Washington obviously was the government's fault.
  • Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.
  • When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
  • I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.
  • Marriage is the mourning after the knot before.
  • Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
  • Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?
  • sturgeon general: smoking is dangerous to your health
    hooked on smoking
  • Sea captains don't like crew cuts.
  • A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.
  • A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumour.
  • Without geometry, life is pointless.
  • When you dream in colour, it's a pigment of your imagination.
  • Reading while sunbathing makes you well-red.
  • A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
  • Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
  • What's the definition of a will? (Come on, it's a dead giveaway!)
  • A backwards poet writes inverse.
  • In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism, your count votes.
  • With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
  • Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.
  • Doctors tell us there are over seven million people who are overweight. These, of course, are only round figures.
  • There were two ships. One had red paint, one had blue paint. They collided. At last report, the survivors were marooned.
  • The other day I sent my girlfriend a huge pile of snow. I rang her up and asked, "Did you get my drift?"
  • Where do you find giant snails? On the ends of giant's fingers.
  • Why is Saudi Arabia free of mental illness? There are nomad people there.
  • robber with lute
    a robber's toon
  • When I was in the supermarket I saw a man and a woman wrapped in a barcode. I asked "Are you two an item?"
  • When she told me I was average, she was just being mean.
  • A duck walks into a bar and orders a beer. "Four bucks," says the bartender. "Put it on my bill," says the duck (sadder Budweiser).
  • A dog with his leg wrapped in bandages hobbles into a saloon. He sidles up to the bar and announces "I'm lookin' fer the man who shot my paw."
  • A termite walks into a bar and says "Is the bar tender here?"
  • Four fonts walk into a bar. The barman says "Hey get out! We don't want your type in here!"
Renderings of the picture puns are the copyright or intellectual property of their respective owners.

6 comments:

Leigh Lundin said...

Many visual puns are lame, but I really like the 'robber toon', this one dedicated to Rob Lopresti.

For those living outside the US, the blue cartoon (Row versus Wade) refers to a long-standing and controversial Supreme Court case relating to abortion, Roe v Wade.

Fran Rizer said...

Leigh, my favorite was the ghost writer, and Roe versus Wade was funny when I realized the Wade character wasn't Jesus failing to walk on water. I did catch it before I got to your comment though.

Anonymous said...

A pun is no crime! I love em.'

Tonya

Dale Andrews said...

The proper response to your article, Leigh, is the same as for all puns --

GROAN!

Leigh Lundin said...

Fran, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I think the ghost writer is classy, too.

Anon, I agree. But don't fret about Dale… I don't think he's really a philistine.

A Broad Abroad said...

To our SS authors - may you never live in single-story houses.

Happy Mothers' Day to those among our SleuthSayers' family.