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Amazing Puns

Posted by Quasar on Thursday, October 20, 2011

I was at SHH a few days ago and I was reading the comments section re: Geoff Johns hoping for a GL sequal, and I came across Jack's favorite internet words "(pun intended)". And because this pun in particular was so amazing, (so amazing that I couldn't even begin to understand it), I felt the need to share. The poster's name is Hal:

"I've been a massive GL fan for many years and was sorely disappointed in the movie. I feel it should have been treated like potential Star Wars type franchise. However, I was more disappointed that Geoff Johns let the movie go the way it was especialy since he himself was responsible for the amazing rebirth (pun intended) of GL. I'd like to see more of a reboot as opposed to a sequel complete with a recasting of Ryan Reynolds. I think he's great but he's not Hal Jordan. Anyway, I'd like to see a Geoff John's written script directed by a true visionary like JJ Abrahms or George Lucas...GL directed by GL!"

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

Jack S. Pharaoh wrote:

Like I've written before, the uses of these phrases is a plague, and can't be stopped.

I discovered today that the 17th century version of "no pun intended" was "without a clinch." Such as, "I hope they will prove, without a clinch, luciferous searching after the nature of light." Ah, Mr. Boyle! What clever use of "luciferous!"

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

One of my most cherished pun memories comes from the early nineties. It is probably more cherished than my "Out of Sprite" memory.

My stepbrother brought over his Super Nintendo when he first got it (this was before he came to live with us), and he let me watch him play Super Mario World. He wouldn't let me play, which was kinda douchey. The only game he ever really let me play was Street Fighter II (still a couple years away), and that was more or less just so he could beat up on me. (A year after that, I got him back by getting really good at Mortal Kombat, which I played every time my mother and I ever went to Wal-Mart, and which I got on opening day for the Sega Genesis. I even got stickers and a pin with it for ordering it early.)

He started out by showing me some of Mario's new moves. He pressed whatever button made Mario spin (X?). I responded by saying, "Mario whirled!" He looked at me with those dead, uncomprehending eyes of his. I said it again. Same eyes. I spelled W-H-I-R-L-E-D out. He said, "Yeah? And?" Then I explained to him that it sounded like "World." Then he began insisting that he got it, but that it wasn't funny. I began insisting that he hadn't gotten it. We got into a heated argument which I finally ended by giving him the benefit of the doubt as to whether or not he initially got the pun.

He went back to playing. He eventually pressed the spin button. When he did, I said, "Mario WHIRLED." Then I said, "Punintendo!"

"That's it," he said. He shut the game off and went outside.

About a year later, he was living with us. His friend, John, came to visit one weekend. We had separate rooms, but the walls and doors were (and continue to be) very thin. I heard them playing Mario World together. At one point, I heard him say, "Hey, John. Hey. Mario whirled." I heard him repeat it, drawing "whirled" out even more a second time, just as I had done a year prior. There was silence. (I suppose that's not entirely true. Mario music was probably playing in the background.) Then I heard John say, "I don't get it."

Whether or not my wordplay was funny (I'm willing to admit it wasn't, and I'm willing to hide behind having made it when I was prepubescent), and whether or not my stepbrother had gotten it before I explained it to him, it's clear he found it clever enough to repeat it.

I'm pretty sure I've already told Mal this story.

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

The Swollen Goi... wrote:

He went back to playing. He eventually pressed the spin button. When he did, I said, "Mario WHIRLED." Then I said, "Punintendo!"

Wow, that's good. Probably the greatest use of "pun intended," or an approximation of that phrase, ever.

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

I don't know whether or not you're being sarcastic (sarcasm intended?), but I have to say I was probably a cleverer punner (once age-to-pun-facility is factored in) as a kid than I have managed to be as an adult.

If I were to make that same joke now, I'd probably say, "Punintendo, Friendo," and overburden things with a wholly out-of-place reference to No Country for Old Men.

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

I was not being sarcastic, Thursty.  Maybe if you could decide to come out from behind that wall you've built for yourself, you could see that not everybody is out to get you.  Maybe you could try to take a chance, and try to love for once.

The Swollen Goi...
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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

The last time I did that, I wound up married.

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

Well, that's no good.

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Posted: 10 years 2 weeks ago

I didn't get the Whirled part at first, probably because I'm not really familiar with Super Mario World as a name, and because it'd been nearly a paragraph since the name was mentioned. I did, however, think punintendo was pretty brillaint. That got a good laugh out of me.

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