A couple of days ago I asked for help writing a punchline for “how do fish communicate?”. My own answers were ‘Morse Cod’ and ‘Using the ‘Net!’ but I felt there was a more kiddy-giggling, auntie-tickling, christmas-cracker-worthy answer and after an exhausting and delightful response, I have chosen my favourite.
Corrected for a typo and edited for max impact, the winner is…
How do fish communicate?
Congratulations to Polymer for that gem. If you are wondering why I picked that, test it for yourself on a kid or a colleague (someone who won’t just berate you out of habit…), I almost guarantee they’ll laugh or immediately groan and roll their eyes. It works for me as a punchline because it has a funny word (bubbles), immediately conjures up a nice mental image, and is a good, original pun. Interestingly, and by coincidence, there’s an article in the Telegraph today discussing this very thing. Apparently four out of ten people will laugh at a bad joke, and the example they give is amazingly similar to my fish joke. Either the people at Washington State University are stalking me forward in time, or Jesus exists. One of the two. There’s also a quote in there from our friend Richard Wiseman, who entered my fish joke competition with ‘Seafax’. Unfortunately, it’s an answer only British folk will understand so I disqualified it. Or should that be dis-squall-ified?