When I was a boy we used to ask riddles of the genre : "Why did the
owl owl?" Answer "Because the woodpecker would peck her." "Vy voudn't
de viper viper nose?" Answer "Because the adder ad er ankerchief."
That kind of humor is dated and childish. Here are some more recent
animal jokes, where the punch line is based on a different way of
looking at the reality in the story.
"What does a mummy kangaroo say when it rains?" Answer "I just hate
these days when the children have to play inside."
A couple thought their dog had died, so they rushed to the vet to
check if he was still alive. The vet laid the animal on the table,
picked up a cat from a basket and let it walk up and down the dog's
back. "Yes, I am sorry your dog is dead, or he would have jumped up.
That will be $333." The couple demanded an explanation for the cost.
"It is just $33 for the surgery visit, but $300 for the cat scan."
The Vegetarian Society hired an Elephant to go round every town in
England with a big sign on both sides : "This is what vegetarianism
does for you."
A panda walked into a restaurant, ordered his meal, and ate it
quietly. When he had finished, he pulled out a gun and shot the
bottles off the bar. As he was walking out the manager rushed up to
ask "What do you think you are doing?" The animal told him to look up
the word panda in a dictionary, and ran off. The dictionary said "The
panda is a tree-dwelling black and white animal that eats, shoots, and
Little Joey was visiting the lions' cage at the zoo with his father.
"Dad, if that lion gets out of the cage right now and attacks you,
what bus do I take home?"
A magician used to put on magic shows on a transatlantic liner, but he
had a parrot that kept spoiling the tricks by saying "He's got it up
his sleeve" or "That box has a false bottom." One day the ship hit an
iceberg and sank. The magician saved himself on a raft. Three days
later the parrot arrived exhausted and said "OK, I give up, where did
you hide the ship?"
A cowboy was thrown from his horse and broke a leg. The animal picked
the man up by his belt, carried him home, and went to fetch a doctor.
Another cowboy said he had the smartest horse on the ranch. "Don't you
believe it, that animal is so stupid he came back with a vet."
In these the joke arises from a clash between two models of reality.
That is why they are similar to the method used in the model theology
offered on this website. When there seems to be a problem in a Bible
passage we look for an alternative model in which the difficulty is
dissolved. Many objections to Christian faith are based on a wrong
interpretation of what Jesus is recorded as saying in the Gospels.
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