The Punchline

From the backseat today:

“Mama, I have a joke for you. What do you call a cow with one leg?”
“Hmm, I don’t know. Tell me!”
Silence.

I kept waiting for the reply, but it didn’t come. Wes has been into knock knock jokes for a while, and my parents got him a book of them for Christmas. It has a section on one-liner jokes toward the back of the book, and he’s been fascinated to “expand” his comical repertoire. Except – he doesn’t quite get it.

“Buddy! You’re supposed to give the punch line – the funny answer to your joke. Like, maybe it’s string cheese?!”
“Oh! Ok. What do you call a string cheese with one leg?”

Face palm.

“Ok, I have one, Mama. If I had the slimiest creatures in the ocean, they’d be snot sea cucumbers!”

His obsession with Octonauts, a kids’ cartoon featuring land animals who live on Octopod in the ocean to study and rescue sea animals, has extended into his ideal grown-up life. He frequently wishes aloud that he could be an Octonaut – or marine biologist.

Eventually, he got to this:
“What are the slimiest creatures in the ocean?”
“Snot sea cucumbers!”

Sure, it’s just a fun fact phrased as a joke, but I laughed because he is hands down the best car entertainment. So beware – he now thinks the sea cucumber line is the funniest joke in the world, and you’ll probably laugh, too, if you’re lucky enough to hear it.

Posted: January 8th, 2017
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