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In the latest episode of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, there was this joke:

I’ve got a lab full of alcoholic monkeys and tomorrow is the day we switch ‘em to O’Doul’s.

I can't really understand the joke, because I don't know what or who O'Doul is. I tried googling, but all I got was a baseball player named Lefty O'Doul, which doesn't help me in understanding the joke.

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Capitalization clearly indicates it's a proper noun. A proper noun could be just about anything -- not about the English language. –  Kris Feb 6 '12 at 11:22
    
@Kris - agreed - "too localised", imho. –  FumbleFingers Feb 6 '12 at 15:01
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O'Doul's is an (almost) non-alcoholic beer (0.5% alcohol). Not that this makes the joke extremely hilarious, but there you go :)

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I don't find all their jokes funny, but I remember there were lots of laughters after this one, and the review I was reading said it was one of the best lines of the show. Weird, but thank you for the explanation! –  Grewe Kokkor Feb 6 '12 at 10:53
    
odouls.com/home.html - in case anyone is interested. –  Schroedingers Cat Feb 6 '12 at 14:49
    
Also, just because, here's someone else getting a laugh off of O'Doul's youtube.com/watch?v=Csvgp95jO2w –  Phoenix Feb 6 '12 at 16:03
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