There otter be a law

From several sources on the net (with no credit to a creator), this outrageous pun in a texty creation:


You need to recognize otters (that’s easy) and know that pinochle /pínʌkǝl/ is a card game (slightly more challenging) and (most crucially) recognize the pop culture allusion, to the lyrics of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”.

Texty creations. From my 5/30/14 posting “What are they?”

Texty creations. In both examples [an illustrated Jane Austen quotation, an ecard], text (rather than image) is the crucial component, and the result is intended as art, humor, or narrative (often two or more of these at once) — making these creations hard to classify, as I’ve often pointed out on this blog. [A list of other examples follows.]

So it is with #1, where the point is the imperfect pun:

pinochle otters /pínʌkǝl átǝrz/ vs. piña coladas /pínjǝ kǝládǝz/

and the otters and playing cards are just visual adornments.

The song. From Wikipedia:


“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” is a song written and recorded by British-born American singer Rupert Holmes for his album Partners in Crime [1979].

The song speaks, in three verses and three choruses, of a man who is bored with his current relationship because it has become routine and he desires some variety. One night, he reads the personal advertisements in the newspaper and spots an ad that catches his attention: a woman who is seeking a man who, among other little things, must like piña coladas. Intrigued, he takes out an ad in reply and arranges to meet the woman “at a bar called O’Malley’s”, only to find upon the meeting that the woman is actually his current partner. The song ends on an upbeat note, showing that the two lovers realized they have more in common than they had suspected, and that they do not have to look any further than each other for what they seek in a relationship.

The crucial lyrics:


A 1980 performance (with a brief appearance by the Village People as a bonus) can be viewed here.

As for the drink, from Wikipedia:

(#4) Maraschino cherry, pineapple wedge, and a festive umbrella

The piña colada (Spanish: piña “pineapple,” and colada “strained”) is a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both. The piña colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.

The Piña Colada Song is one of a set of popular songs celebrating mixed drinks, along with (for example) the Andrews Sisters’ “Rum and Coca Cola” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville”.

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