Friday, August 01, 2008

Rowland Croucher's jokes


I just discovered Rowland Croucher's jokes blog today. Okay, some of the jokes are weak, but some are terrific, and there's a heap of them.

Some one-line examples from one of the most popular posts:

12. Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

13. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

14. Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand?

15. Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

16. Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?

17. Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

18. If you throw a cat out of the car window, does it become kitty litter?

Yup, that's typical of them. But some of these are clever, some are daft, and some...well, that's jokes for you. But I love the way you can play around with language, taking something that seems to make sense and, when you scrutinize it, find it doesn't really. On the English version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the early questions often have spoof answers, ones that play upon the peculiarity of the language. And one of the queries on HitTail this time around is: wedding church bans bands. Say it quickly enough and it's plainly absurd.

Talking of HitTail.com, I must make sure I always write it as HitTail, not HitTails (as I note other people have also done). HitTails will take you to a completely different site, that picks up on the same idea but is nowhere near as professional-looking.


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