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  • In honor of April Fools Day - April 1, 2009

    In honor of April Fools Day, this New York Times editorial seems
    appropriate.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/op...sq=puns&st=cse

    Op-Ed Contributor
    Pun for the Ages
    Published: March 28, 2009

    THE inglorious pun! Dryden called it the ôlowest and most groveling
    kind of wit.ö To Ambrose Bierce it was a ôform of wit to which wise
    men stoop and fools aspire.ö Universal experience confirms the adage
    that puns donÆt make us laugh, but groan. It is said that Caligula
    ordered an actor to be roasted alive for a bad pun. (Some believe he
    was inclined to extremes.) ...

  • #2
    I sometimes pun about fish, just for the halibut.
    http://www.lddb.com/collection.php?a...er=dgtwoodward
    Yes, I still collect Laserdiscs!!
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    • #3
      I heard that one from Fozzie bear, and it struck me as strange because I didn't think I'd hear Fozzie say "for the hell of it" but that is the phrase his pun was based on. Fascinating.
      "And what kind of head of Security would I be if I let people like me know things that I'm not supposed to know? I mean, I know what I know because I have to know it. And if I don't have to know it, I don't tell me, and I don't let anyone else tell me either. " And I can give you reasonable assurances that the head of Security will not report you for doing so."
      "Because you won't tell yourself about it?"

      "I try never to get involved in my own life, too much trouble."

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      • #4
        "He who would pun would pick a pocket."
        Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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        • #5
          Oooooh, tough crowd!
          http://www.lddb.com/collection.php?a...er=dgtwoodward
          Yes, I still collect Laserdiscs!!
          47" Phillips 1080p 46" Samsung 1080p Toshiba HD-30E (2 both Multi Region) PS3-80G 120G BR Multi-Region Maidstone MD-BR-2102 Sky-HD Freesat-HD Pioneer DVL-909 CLD-D925 CLD-2950 (AC3) CLD-D515 CLD S315 Yamaha ADP-1 Meridian 519 Pioneer 609 (DD/DTS) x 2 Speakers & subs Jammo M/S Pioneer Technics Sony Eltax Akai Aiwa

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          • #6
            Any intelligent person can pun, but only the wise can refrain.

            Having said that, I have always been known for my groan inducing puns.
            "That was the law, as set down by Valen. Three castes: worker, religious, warrior."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr Maturin View Post
              "He who would pun would pick a pocket."
              Haha, well played, sir. Personally I rather enjoyed the pun in that scene.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by raw_bean View Post
                Haha, well played, sir. Personally I rather enjoyed the pun in that scene.
                That scene is great on so many levels. See, Stephen was actually quoting there, and the way that Bettany said the line made it clear, which was great acting.

                Also, it wasn't so much funny because of the pun itself, but because Aubrey "got" Maturin in the scene. One of the rare occasions where a scene works better on screen than in text (The Fortune of War).
                Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                • #9
                  That's true, I remembered wondering at the time if it was a quote (never remembered to look it up until now). As much as I was a fan of Russell Crowe when I went to see the film, Paul Bettany absolutely commanded the screen throughout.








                  ...oh dear, I seem to have caught the punning bug. In my defence it was accidental initially.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by raw_bean View Post
                    That's true, I remembered wondering at the time if it was a quote (never remembered to look it up until now). As much as I was a fan of Russell Crowe when I went to see the film, Paul Bettany absolutely commanded the screen throughout.
                    Crowe is awesome, but yes, Bettany was fantastic. In fact, he was EXACTLY how I had imagined Maturin. Crowe wasn't the Aubrey that I had imagined, but the thing there is that my mind's eye was wrong; Crowe WAS Aubrey in that movie. I still think that he could have gained another ten pounds for the role.

                    ...oh dear, I seem to have caught the punning bug. In my defence it was accidental initially.
                    Well, why don't you simply let it go?
                    Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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