I’ll get back to substantive posting in a bit, but as the semester wraps up, I wanted to ask for your help. Over the years, punning has become a more and more integral part of our lab meetings. It’s reached the point, in fact, that our P.I. can barely utter a single non-pun sentence, even outside of the lab. On a recent plane trip, he tempted fate by punning with airport security when the refused to let him take his yogurt on the plane, yelling, “These people are discriminating against my culture!” We’re also not entirely convinced that he isn’t with his wife because she called her ex-husband a “faux-pa,” in reference to his parenting.
Yeah, it’s that bad.
So, with all these puns flying around, I’ve decided that it is imperative that we do a study on puns. I’m pretty sure we’ll need to do some imaging, too. The thing is, we can’t find a lot of actual research on puns (just a bit on cue competition, ambiguity resolution, and suppression, though only in a couple cases is it directly applied to puns). So, my request to you is, a.) do you know of any research outside of cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics on puns, and b.) can you give me some puns of your own? Remember, it’s all in the name of science, so don’t be shy. Give me the worst puns you can possibly conjure.