Why Puns Make Me Happy

Why Puns Make Me Happy

"I've Got A Chicken Proof Front Lawn. It's Impeccable!"
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"You can tune a guitar but you can't tuna fish!" "Where do you go in a square room when you are cold? The corners! They are always 90 degrees!" It is jokes such as these that bring a smile to my face and brighten my day. Though not everyone shares my immense love for puns. (As many of my friends have been sure to tell me as i bombard them with some of my favorite puns on a daily basis.) I am going to give five reasons of why i love puns while also including five examples of what are some of my personal favorites! :)

Puns can literally be about anything. Food, objects, beverages, romance. If you enjoy the light-heartedness of puns and the clever word play, you can find a pun for anyone!

1. "Becoming a vegetarian is a huge missed steak!"

* Sorry to all of my vegetarian friends out there... but as a meat lover i cannot imagine not eating a steak were it available to me! This is one way in which puns are fun you can lightheartedly poke fun at friends without being disrespectful or excessively rude! And who doesn't love talking and joking about food?!

2. "Dead batteries for sale, free of charge!"

**"Buy one for the price of two! Don't think about it just order!" i will never understand how this delightful wordplay is found annoying to some? Are you really that angry that the batteries are dead?

3. "What is the fastest drink? MILK. Because it is already pasteurized (past your eyes)"

**My father was the first one to tell me this delightful gem of a pun and i have been sharing it with teachers, friends, family and random encounters ever since! While this pun is much better when told in person it will forever be one of my favorites. When my dad first told it to me i thought i would die of laughter! Now maybe i was a little overtired but i am not lactose intolerant so this dairy pun hits the spot exactly!

4. "Invisible planes, i can't see them taking off."

**Does anyone else read this pun and think of Wonder Woman's invisible jet! Either way whoever created this pun may have been a little pessimistic but it is enjoyable all the same!

5. "I was in a supermarket and heard a man and a woman wrapped in a barcode. I said 'Are you two an item?'"

**While i am not entirely sure how you get wrapped in a barcode? Either way the joke is funny all the same! Supermarkets can be dull but jokes like this are a great way to spice up the mundane errand run!

I hope that for those of you who took the time to read this article in its entirety got a little chuckle out of the puns :) That you have either strengthened or acquired a love for puns as deep as my own!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The Year of the Pig

Happy Chinese New Year! My family has a few traditions that we do to celebrate the new year together, but this year my mom and I decided to start something new.

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Do you remember the controversial maybe even disturbing short film before Incredibles 2? The one where the mom eats her son who is a small steamed bun? Even though it might have been disturbing, you have to admit that the buns the mother and her son made together looked delicious!

The food in the short film is called bao and it is a traditional Chinese steamed bun that typically contains pork as its filling. My mom and I were inspired to try to make our own and maybe after this article; you'll be inspired, too!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1. Premix flour steamed bao (you can find this at the Asian market)

2. Steamer (we used bamboo steamers from the Asian market)

3. Ground chicken breast

4. Chopped Portabella mushrooms

5. Chopped green onions

The first thing we did was prepare the filling for the bun. Traditionally, pork is supposed to be in the bun, but we decided that we would do chicken instead.

1. Add grapeseed oil to a large, frying pan

2. Add minced ginger, onions, and mushrooms (measurements are optional)

3. Add the ground chicken breast

4. Add the seasoning as you continue to sauté all the ingredients.

5. Season with soy sauce, hoisin sauce and ginger (measurements are optional)

Make sure your center stays heated while you start to make the bun. The instructions for how to make the buns are on the packaging of the bun powder. Once you mix all the ingredients, you have to knead the dough for quite a while.

You can always make your buns from scratch. You can find a recipe for homemade steamed buns here.

Once the dough is kneaded, separate it into 18 strips. It is difficult to roll out the dough at first, but it becomes easier after a while. Once the dough is divided, roll them out into flat circular shapes and place the filling in the center of the dough. After you put the filling in the center of the bun, grab all of the edges of the dough together and twist them at the top, forming a swirling shape at the top of the bun.

We placed four bao on wax paper in one steamer and steamed them for 15 minutes. Each bao must be placed on separate sheets of wax paper. After 15 minutes, you have your bao!

This is a family-friendly activity that not only entertains your family, but it also feeds them! Celebrate the Year of the Pig by making bao with your friends and family! It's an experience that brings people together and gives them memories to cherish for a lifetime!

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