Why did the snail cross the road?
Because it was chicken!
- This comedy joke alludes to a well known comedy joke that asks why the chicken crosses a road. That joke, an example of “anti-humour” because rather than giving a humourous reason for the chicken to cross the road, it gives the simple reason “to get to the other side” which is in no way a play on words or anything.
- The joke here is a transformative version of the chicken joke because it uses the format of the original, but switches in a different animal, and references the chicken only in the punchline.
- The punchline of this new joke is, in fact, humourous and therefore this joke is superior to the original.
- In colloquial English, calling something “chicken” can mean that they are scared.
- An individual who is frequently scared can be called “spineless” in a figurative sense.
- Snails are an invertebrate species, meaning one that has no spine, making them spineless in a literal sense.
- Ergo, the literal spinelessness leads to the figurative spinelessness, which leads to the colloquial terminology, which refers us to the original chicken joke.
- Other invertebrates could have been used for this joke, but snails seem the best option. They are funnier than many, such as worms or slugs, and some, such as jellyfish, would only be crossing roads in absurd situations which would require more explanation for the purposes of the joke.
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