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Jokes and Puns Make Life Fun

Dear Readers,

There is an art to telling a joke or pun. I still have a joke book that a student at Hemby Bridge Elementary School named Yvette gave me. It is called, “Jokes and More Jokes” by Patricia Lauber, first published by Scholastic in 1955. There’s one on Amazon.com published in 1985:  http://www.amazon.com/Jokes-More-Patricia-Lauber/dp/0590080601. She gave it to me when I was in the hospital getting my gall bladder out around 1985. I’ve kept it ever since. I take it out and read it every once in awhile. I was even able to contact her through Facebook. Isn’t that incredible?

How to tell a joke
1. Be serious-faced.
2. Use words that are familar to everyone listening.
3. Make it short and to the point.

A joke is told to make people laugh. Usually everything is normal about the story until the punchline with a surprising turn.  Read more about a joke in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke

A pun is a play on words, substituting a word that sounds the same, but has a different spelling or meaning.

Here’s a #78 by Toycoon from Skokie, Illinois on Pun of the Day.com
” I used to be a watchmaker. It was a great job and I made my own hours.”

Pun of the Day http://www.punoftheday.com/cgi-bin/disppuns.pl?ord=F&cat=0&sub=0&page=1

Puns on Jokesclean.com http://www.jokesclean.com/Puns/

Opotiki.com Jokes http://www.opotiki.com/downloads/jokes/jokes1.htm

Laughnet.net http://www.laughnet.com

Fifty Dollars Is Fifty Dollars, Funny.com http://www.funny.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Funny.woa/wa/funny?fn=CLFSK&Funny_Jokes=50_Dollars_is_50_dollars

Cat in Heaven Joke Fun Comedy.com http://joke-fun-comedy.com/joke/a-cat-in-heaven

What I Want in a Man – http://laughnet.net/what-i-want-in-a-man-p-849.html

Man sends email to wrong woman, to a new widow,  from hot destination http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/hot.asp

Clean Jokes 4 U.com http://www.cleanjokes4u.com

Dang Good Jokes – The Internet’s Best Clean Jokes http://www.danggoodjokes.com/

Just Clean Jokes http://www.justcleanjokes.com/

Tell me your favorite clean joke or pun. Tell me a good joke book for children or adults.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,

    What a wonderful combination of gifts–laughter and thoughtfulness. The gesture meant a lot to you and so you kept it.

    My older son used to keep joke and riddle books by his bed to read when he couldn’t fall asleep quickly. They are a hit with children of all generations.

    Thanks for reminding us to enjoy some humor.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for stopping by with your comment. Yes, Yvette was very thoughtful and gave me laughter, too. You and your son both like jokes and riddles. That is so cool. You’re welcome for the reminder to enjoy some humor. Do something good for you today!

      Joan Y. Edwards


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