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Dtecno Kira: Anyone else think that over half the examples need to be explained?
  • Igloo Mccoy: I'm unsure whether my inability to get any of these jokes is due to not knowing the sources or just stupidity. Can we add explanations for these things?

Furry Kef: I'm amused that apparently many of the links to this page don't actually employ the trope in question, and instead make incredibly obvious (but explicit rather that implied) puns.

Furry Kef (again): I also figure that I should mention a joke I came up with, although, since I never actually used it anywhere, it probably doesn't belong on the page itself: I got the idea of a webcomic (or whatever) featuring two colonels named Colonel Panic and Colonel Hacker (a play on the Unix terms "kernel panic" and "kernel hacker"), but the title "Colonel" and the surnames would never be allowed to be juxtaposed in dialogue, leaving the puns unspoken. In fact, their surnames would probably never be said aloud at all, so the pun could only be noticed by paying attention to their nametags.

randomfanboy: At the risk of looking like an idiot, can someone explain the Jolee/Wookies joke?

Haven: It's based off a Limp Bizkit song, with lyrics identical to that exchange, except with "nookie" instead of "wookie". Come to think of it, that's not really an example of this trope - it's just a regular pun. Example: pulled.
  • If you pursue enough conversations with Jolee Bindo in Knights of the Old Republic, you can ask him why he stayed on a certain planet for so long. His response? "I guess you could say I did it all for the Wookies." "The Wookies?" "The Wookies." Damn you Bioware. Damn you to hell.
    • Just be glad they don't have the rights to Katamari Damacy.
      • I don't get it.

John: Also risking looking like an idiot, can someone explain the Irregular Webcomic from July 14? I keep saying to myself "Hobbit... clothes... hay... effigy..." but I got nothin'.
  • Seconded on the "I don't get it" front.
Blork: I'm running even more of a risk of looking like an idiot, but I think it was a parody of this trope, setting up a series of obscure references that sound like they should mean something but with no actual punchline in mind.

Daibhid C: Consensus on the IW forum seems to be that Bilbert shouted "I'll get you, store of hay! And your little togs, too!" Feel free to wince.

Daibhid C: Opinion has since shifted to "Don't make a hobbit of it!" Feel free to wince again.

Insanity Prelude: I'm not getting the "Nomanisan"/"Nomansan" ones. I feel kinda dumb now.

Anonymous: Nomanisan Island... No man is an island...

Scrounge: Can someone please explain the "Boston" one? My head is all spinny now.. LATER: Thank you.

Bicornis: Perhaps renaming this page would reduce the influx of misplaced wicks?


Tabby: I'm totally lost on the Mamma Mia! one.

Rissa: "Greek chorus". Yeah, it took me a minute, too.

Tabby: ...(Face Palm)
Topcatyo: Oh wow, I looked through how many links to figure out that Something Awful photoshop one, and then it hit me. I'm currently out of breath from laughing, be right back.

Duckay: I keep staring at the Something Awful one, and I can't figure it out.

Rissa: Photo shop.


Unknown Troper: Yeah, I'll admit it. I didn't get The Colbert Report one. Can someone explain that to me?

Rissa: Legal alien.


Random832: Where do common sayings like "Make like a tree and get the f@#$ out of here" fit in?
  • BRPXQZME: Perhaps there needs to be a separate trope for meta-jokes like that, since they aren't strictly puns. Take this one; I was introduced to it from SimCity 2000 and never figured it out until I was much older.
    “Guy asked me for a quarter for a cup of coffee. So I bit him.”
    To give an overly-wordy analysis of this joke: The first part is now a little obscure; the original punchline is usually some incredulous question like "where can you get coffee for a quarter these days?"; begging for a quarter “for a cup of coffee” (whether it was actually for coffee or not) was one stereotypical phrase attributed to those down on their luck back when it might have actually ''been'' a quarter, though during The Great Depression, needing to spend a quarter for an actual cup of coffee probably would have been likened to highway robbery; a reasonable price (including cream and sugar) would have been about a nickel or so. The second part is the punchline to a joke where a similarly-situated man notes that he hasn’t had “a bite in days.” The juxtaposition of these unrelated jokes regarding not giving beggars what they're asking for is what the actual joke is.

Some Sort Of Troper: Trope renamed based on this crowner and this discussion


Twin Bird: Okay, it's getting a bit old to ask this on the discussion page, but I am really, really lost by that Youtube Poop. Just...what? How the hell is that a pun? And how can a Youtube Poop possibly have a Big Lipped Alligator Moment?
Daibhid C: Pulled this:
  • One of the greatest legendary musicians is a priest who stole music from the gods, making him a felonious monk.
  • The entire book is a repeated setup for the pun given at the end, "I saw a singer next town and I swear he was elvish!"
Because both those punchlines actually happen. The second one, in fact, happens throughout the book.


Red Wren: This might as well be a running gag by now: can someone explain the joke on the quotes page? Was the third Robin a fake...?


Scigatt:Which category would you place the stealth pun in this page?