Archive for the ‘Puns’ Category

Ice cream museum

December 17, 2014

A cartoon by Charlie Hankin from the December 22&29 New Yorker:


The Metropolitan Museum of Art viewed as Neapolitan ice cream.


Who-liday specials

December 10, 2014

Not one, but two. First, a special offer from the BBC Doctor Who Shop. And a special holiday event at the Universal Orlando Resort, featuring Dr. Seuss’s Grinch and the Whos of Whoville.


Fur tree

December 8, 2014

From Sandra Boynton, who wanted a live Xmas tree:


Boynton is given to sweetly silly, often punful, drawings mostly featuring animals (like this one).


Seasons Greetings

December 7, 2014

Passed on by Susan Fischer, this seasonal cartoon:


Carbon dating

December 5, 2014

Today’s Dilbert is the latest in a series about a new worker in the office, a dinosaur in more senses than one:

Ouch: two senses of the verb date, one used here in a back-formed verb.


Two cartoons and a parody

November 25, 2014

Two cartoons from the latest (December 2014) Funny Times (by Jen Sorenson and L.J. Kopf), plus a Eurythmics parody passed along on Facebook.


Pumpkin spice days

November 24, 2014

Today’s Rhymes With Orange, with a distant pun (die / pie) for the season:

What with Halloween and Thanksgiving, pumpkin spice is all the rage in my country — in lattes, ice cream, and so on, in addition to the traditional pumpkin pie (which actually has pumpkin in it, not just the spice).

Name that mammoth

November 3, 2014

From the BBC News on 8/4/14, “Ipswich mammoth called”:

A life-size woolly mammoth model has finally been named – thanks to inspiration from The Black Eyed Peas singer and The Voice star

Ipswich Museum has had the previously unnamed model of the prehistoric mammal since the 1980s.

The museum’s under-fives group has now chosen from a shortlist.

Rejected names included Manny, the mammoth in The Ice Age films, and Mick or Micky for Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and ex-captain Mick Mills.

Jayne Austin, museum development manager, said: “We’d just never named him, even though our stuffed rhinoceros has been called Rosie since the 1960s.”

(Hat tip to Chris Ambidge.)

On the mammoth as my totem animal, here. is a great name, especially since it can outlast the singer It’s still a cute pun.

Multiverse pun

November 3, 2014

Now on sale at the Scenes From a Multiverse site, a t-shirt made from a Jon Rosenberg cartoon:

Civil serpents, a pun on civil servants. Imperfect, but very close phonologically (/p/ vs. /v/).

Cartoonists at language play

October 29, 2014

Two recent examples of cartoonists playing with language: a Zippy with a cascade of rhyming invented names, and some outrageous puns by cartoonist Nina Paley. The Zippy:


This will lead us to some entertaining half-rhymes.

Then a t-shirt by cartoonist Nina Paley with an outrageous pun:


This will lead to another of Paley’s Jewish puns.