March 26, 2006
I recently purchased your Laffy Taffy® product and thought you should know that the product packaging did not live up to its usual high standards.
Namely, I found that the jokes made no sense at all. Joke #91, from Nicole P of Kingman, AZ asks:
"What happened to the wind?"
The answer (under flap) given is:
"It blew away."
Now, I'm sorry.
But I think I'm a half-way intelligent person. For example, I have a blog. I spent some time with this punchline, trying to make it work. Maybe, I thought, "away" is wordplay, and it's meant to be heard as two words: "It blew a way." A way where? Home? To the store? I don't know, I need more information. And either way, it's not funny.
My riddle for you is this:
What happened to the wind joke?
See what I did there? I took the double-meaning of "blow" and worked it so I made fun of your wrapper.
Is it possible, Mr. Wonka, that the wind joke is actually a very concise Shaggy Dog Story? A joke with no punchline at all, in effect, making it quite funny, in an absurdist vein?
Now that I think on it, Joke #91's a cracker, to be sure. I hadn't expected such a high level of humor from your company, therefore wasn't looking hard enough. I say, well done. Well done, indeed.
Having thought this through, I will withhold comment on Christy M.'s Joke #92 about the cow jumping over the moon, which I found dreadful, but I see now it may just need a good rethinking.
Eric "Babe" Morse