I saw an article that listed top 10 funniest jokes of all time according to Welsh kids (p.21) in the Cardiff and South Wales Advertiser by chance. As an ESL speaker, this called my attention. I noticed that I had come across 3 jokes previously via the Christmas crackers. I don’t often get the point when I see such jokes. I mean I don’t think it’s funny, it’s just some words game. Why is it funny? So I did a bit research.
The list is from the beano.com website, which looks like a very interesting resource. I wished it has explanations to some extend, but unfortunately there isn’t. Thus I add explanations for people who are like me, find it’s not easy to get it. The hints may be accurate, so please leave a comment if you can help me to understand better.
- Why was the sand wet? – Because the sea weed! (The sea wee ed (peed) on the sand.)
- What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? – Frostbite! (Here “to cross” means to mix two things together. Vampire bites people. Now it bites snow? It bites on something cold like frost. Therefore Frostbite. Frostbite is frozen body tissues like the skin or deeper tissue.)
- What do you call a blind dinosaur? – Doyouthinkhesaurus (It’s blind. Do you think he saw us? –> Do you think he saur us? –> Do you think he saurus?)
- Why should you be careful when it’s raining cats and dogs? – You might step in a poodle! (Poodle is a type of dog. Puddle is a small pool of liquid, especially of rainwater on the ground. Is it from a confusion between the words “poodle” and “puddle”? Or because “raining cats and dogs” means a heavy downpour of rain, this metaphor could imply it is very dangerous in heavy rain like you step into a poodle’s mouth?)
- Doctor, Doctor! Help, I feel like a pair of curtains! – Pull yourself together then. (It could mean that you feel like you are pulled to one way then another. It is a kind of exaggerated expression. “Pull oneself together” means to become calm and behave normally again; recover control of one’s emotions. This is a humorous way to respond the unlikely scenario of a patient hallucinating about feeling like an inanimate object. )
- What did the policeman say to his tummy? Freeze you’re under a vest (A vest is a piece of clothing that people wear on the top half of their body. In the law, is a person is vested, it means that the person is legally entitled to what has been promised and may seek relief in court if the benefit is not given. So the tummy is under the cloth (a vest) analogises the policemen often say something like “… anything you do will be used for or against you…”, which is to give legal right to someone.)
- What’s black and white, black and white, black and white? – A penguin rolling down a hill (I feel this one could be multiple answers. I don’t get it still. Is it because a penguin has black and white colours? Could it be a zebra or a giant panda?)
- What’s the best time to go the dentist? – Two-thirty! (Because you will be tooth hurty when see a dentist –> toothurty –> two-thirty)
- Knock, knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? – No need to cry. It’s only me! (“Boo, Boo who” sounds like someone’s crying? So it responds “No need to cry”. Actually I get the fun in another similar joke: Knock, knock. Who’s there? The Doctor. Doctor who? – No, no. It’s just the doctor.)
- What’s the fastest vegetable? – A runner bean! (This is a riddle. “Fast” is often used to refer to speed. Runners run fast. A runner bean is a kind of vegetable.)