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Explain this pickup line: “If Bangkok invaded Djibouti, would Greece help?”

I was at an Model UN conference and often notes like the following get passed. As I'm not a native speaker, I assume that this has to do with some pronunciational issue. Can you please explain what's ...
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What does the joke with the punchline about Chrome and Hollandaise mean, and why is it funny?

A joke goes like this: A friend at work had an unusual dental related problem recently. About a month ago he had to have a small steel plate inserted in his mouth. A week later he noticed the plate ...
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What does this joke about milk going bad mean?

This is a joke from the TV series "Friends". — Can I borrow this? My milk's gone bad. — I hate that. I once had a thing of half-and-half. Stole my car. I'm thinking that it has something to do ...
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Is there a double-meaning to “picking my belly button” in this context? [closed]

I understand all the individual words in the following remark, but there doesn't seem to be any connection between the first half and the second. I am left wondering whether there is an English idiom ...
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Is this an example of a zeugma?

The following joke is well-known for its ambiguity, with some variation in the animals used: Would you rather a bear ate you or a snake? When the answerer responds something along the lines of, ...
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What is the origin of the knock-knock joke?

Almost everyone knows about knock-knock jokes. Who made them up, and why did they catch on?
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Why is the answer “Again with the string?” funny when you pulled the string of a talking doll of your mother?

I know it’s boorish and unsophisticated to ask why it is funny on a joke, but I venture to ask. New York Times’ theater review (May 20) of “Old Jews telling jokes” carried the following Jewish jokes; ...
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What does it mean - “When X does Y, God kills Z”? [closed]

I've come across many pages, articles and texts which say something like When X does Y, God kills a kitten When X happens, God kills an elephant Like here - God kills a pigeon here - God kills ...
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What does Mitt Romney's “Telephone Tips: ‘Just Left,’ 25 cents; ‘On His Way,’ 50 cents; ‘Not here,’ $1; ‘Who?’ $5.” mean?

There was the following paragraph in Maureen Dowd’s article titled, "Mitt Romney is the president of white male America” in November 10 New York Times: Maybe the group can retreat to a man cave in ...
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Hidden meaning in “Got milk?”

I often see question "Got milk?" in ads related to milk and milk products. Does it have any hidden (maybe "Urban Dictionary" kind of?) meaning, any humorous/playful allusions in popular culture, ...
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Please explain this joke about two nuns in a bath

I've heard this joke several times, but I'm ashamed to say I really cannot understand it. It just doesn't seem to make any sense however I look at it. I have a suspicion that it is supposed to be ...
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Analyzing Will Ferrell's “I Thought” joke

I'm reading Will Ferrell's Twitter where he wrote Just thought a thought but the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought I thought. Does the sentence still have the same meaning if ...
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What does Mitt Romney’s “I only spent four years as a governor? I didn’t inhale,” mean?

I was arrested by the former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney’s remark, “I only spent four years as a governor. I didn’t inhale,” made in the Republican Presidential candidates debate on Fox News ...
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What does “Every Jewish mother will die, a fact many are not exactly famous for playing down” mean?

The New York Times (May 20) carried a review on a revue, “Old Jews telling jokes”, currently being performed at the Westside Theater, under the title “Such a tradition of humor, and this is only a ...
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Meaning of “dog” in the “updog” joke [closed]

I don't get this joke: It smells like up dog in here, What's up dog? Nuuthin dog, what's up with you? (source) I understand that the person asking "What's up dog" is tricked into ...
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“If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

What does the following Jack Lemmon quote mean: If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. I guess picking up the wrong golf ball must be an idiom but I ...
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What is the meaning of “I'm a wiener”?

I have scoured out dictionaries searching for the word wiener without success. As you can notice I am not a native speaker. I usually see the this phrase as a demeaning joke on animations when some ...
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Ununderstood English-language joke [closed]

In a song video made by an American acquaintance, there is a joke that I don't understand. Here is the context: "Alfresco" and "Pentaho" are two non-competing software applications that can be used ...
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Is the phrase “Take my wife – please!” a paraprosdokian?

I was reading the wiki page about paraprosdokians and I don't understand why the phrase: Take my wife – please! is classified as one.
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What's the term to describe this kind of sentence?

What is the term to describe this kind of sentence: I don't know why people like to study things that they don't like to study. There's some kind of logic error with this statement, and it's ...
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Does a second meaning of “Hypotenuse” exist?

I've recently read this joke: You may be right, Pythagoras, but everyone’s going to laugh if you call it a “hypotenuse”. Does "hypotenuse" have a second meaning? What's funny about the word? Is ...
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What is the meaning of this joke: “Oklahoma Pronounced Success.”

I have tried my best, I absolutely don't understand this joke. ( Found on language learning sites). And it puzzles me so much... I don't even grasp what can be laughed about, I'm just completely ...
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What do you call two words that contradict each other in a sentence?

I'm having trouble as to what you call two words that contradict each other. For example, "That was weirdly normal." I think this kind of word play is used in puns and jokes. But I do not know how you ...
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What is funny in Inflammable

In one episode of Simpsons there is joke when fire catches because a foreign citizen read "inflammable" on a gas bottle, and said it is all right.
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What does the phrase “never the mane shall tweet” mean?

It has long been known that birds will occasionally build nests in the manes of horses. The only known solution to this problem is to sprinkle baker's yeast in the mane, for, as we all know, ...
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What does “down with homework” mean?

I was watching The Simpson series. In season 7, episode 12, Bart exposes a t-shirt on which the phrase "DOWN WITH HOMEWORK" is written. Then the entire students in the classroom start a riot all of a ...
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Meaning of “My high kicks are not done in a line!”

My high kicks are not done in a line! The above appeared as a legend in a T-shirt I saw once. It accompanied the caricature of a soccer player warming up, but I didn't get the pun intended. When ...
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What does the sentence “say hello to karma” mean?

It's a part of a Dilbert's strip you can find here: I understand every word. But not the joke as a whole. Can you explain the irony?
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Curious about the type of humour employed by Twitter's @AntiJokeCat? [closed]

Despite my general disregard for Twitter and its adherents, I very much enjoy AntiJokeCat's brand of humour. His/her gags are funny because they seem to subvert the notion of what a joke is and ...
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“preposition: a word to annoy prescriptivists with”

What is the double meaning/meanings of this?
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Aren't answers to questions dependent clauses? How do you punctuate one after the question?

For example, which one(s) is correct: Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. Why did the chicken cross the road: to get to the other side. Why did the chicken cross the ...
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What is the “oldest joke in the book?”

What is the earliest recorded joke in a published work in the English language?
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Meaning of “9/11 is plain wrong” joke

My friend said to me that making fun out of 9/11 is plain wrong, and then he said it was a joke? Honestly I don't get the joke? Why would it be plain wrong? Doesn't plain mean nothing? I'm confused.
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Looking for a technical term that goes hand in hand with the strategy used in the joke [closed]

Here's the joke: Tom's Dad:(in Bill Gates's office) My son Tom wants to marry your daughter. Are you interested? Bill: No, my daughter is still too young. Tom's Dad: What if my son is a VP at ...
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Origin of “I’ve heard of [x] but this is ridiculous!” [closed]

I heard this on a David Frost show from the 60s. It’s got me wondering who was the first comedian to use this joke form. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ButThisIsRidiculous
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A joke about blind date [closed]

I cannot understand this joke on Twitter: Has a blind date. The dates blind. I know what blind date is, but what's the meaning of the second sentence?
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What exactly does this “play a country song backwards” joke mean?

So I come across this joke,which rather confuses me. — What do you get when you play a country song backwards? — You get your house back, your wife back, your dog back, your truck back... I ...