More puns

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:

(For those who don’t get that: Wikipedia says “The SI unit for Entropy (S) is Joules per Kelvin (J/K).”)

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.”

One Response to “More puns”

  1. Jed

    A couple more in that “but then I” format, from xkcd (I slightly shortened the first one here):

    • I was confused about why they wanted me to carry a Geiger counter, but then it clicked.
    • I didn’t get why they were warning me about all those birds sitting on the wire, but then I understood.

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