Back in 2013, I posted a collection of puns that my uncle Dobe had sent me. Several of them had a format I particularly like: a brief situation setup, followed by a common phrase that, in this context, is a pun. My favorite example (listed on that page): “I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!”
(I feel like there should be a name for that pun template; suggestions welcome.)
Anyway, I just encountered another one along these lines, also of unknown origin:
Yesterday I saw an ad that said “Radio for sale, $1, volume stuck on full.” I thought, I can’t turn that down.
Here are three tweets in similar formats:
i don't know what units to express entropy in!! ha ha, J/K— Kris Straub (@krisstraub) April 2, 2016
(For those who don’t get that: Wikipedia says “The SI unit for Entropy (S) is Joules per Kelvin (J/K).”)
The thing about Dorian Gray jokes is they honestly never get old— Parker Higgins (@xor) August 29, 2019
My grandfather could speak to ghosts, who would tell him what size clothes to wear. He was a medium.— Hrishikesh Hirway (@HrishiHirway) November 1, 2019
While I’m here, here’s a quote from John Kessel’s 1988 story “Mrs. Shummel Exits a Winner,” although this one isn’t in the abovedescribed format:
“He makes straight A’s,” Betty muttered.
“Yes,” said Martha. “But his B’s are a little crooked.”