A CRAPPY JOKE
What’s so funny about this? You know, I’ve told you many times that we humans are especially sensitive to jokes about any body function, natural or otherwise. This joke is a case in point. For me the hardest part was creating a cartoon that wasn’t as gross as the joke. I couldn’t very well show the inside of a toilet. It had to be all implied and understood. That’s why I used the same illustration twice. Just having a funny looking guy sitting on the throne, er, toilet, reading a book, and making his statement will hopefully convey the message. Of course you do have to be familiar with the game of Scrabble. It’s essentially a crossword board on which you have to place little square wooden tiles on little squares drawn on the board. Each tile has a letter on it with that letter’s numerical value in the game. Vowels are each one point, while rarer consonants are worth more points. You have to place your tiles so they connect to a word already on the board. The one with the highest number of points at the end of the game, wins. But in the joke, our hero has swallowed a large number of tiles by accident and he’s worried they will play havoc with, or ruin, his digestive system. He’s right of course. They could get stuck somewhere in the intestines and cause some serious damage. On the other hand they could slide right out and even spell a word or two in the toilet bowl as they float around. One word they could spell is “disaster”. “To spell disaster” is also an idiom meaning to indicate that terrible things will happen. And THAT’s what’s so funny!
This pun was submitted to shaggy-dogs.briancombs.net by Mike Frankly.