Friday, April 14, 2006

Easter gag

Q: What’s big and small at the same time?
A: A big egg.

Courtesy of Armando Iannucci

8 comments:

Edmund Hardy said...

Alternative answer: Kylie?

bad_sector said...

yeah. the Kylie punchline works much better ;-)

Will said...

If you liked that, you'll love this one. Normally I think blonde jokes are cruel and misogynistic, but it's a damn classic.

Edmund Hardy said...

Obviously, I was referring to the fact that Kylie is "big" in terms of popularity, but yet her body-size is below the mean for human kind. Anything other references were, of course, spectral.

Will said...

Oh no, I wasn't implying... Oh never mind. I only said it because I needed the eggs.

Edmund Hardy said...

The question is: what if a blonde person tells a blonde joke? What if, in the telling, the blonde re-enacts the ritualised hair-humour of society, and of a patriarchal power structure, thus subverting it? E.g.:

DOCTOR: You're pregnant.

BLONDE WOMAN: Oh no, but how do I know that I'm the mother!

Will said...

But who made the record of the joke to be passed on and retold? The blonde? In which case, as you suggest: subversion. Or was it the doctor, attempting to paint all blondes with the same brush and reassert some patriarchal dominance? But that's falling into the trap of assuming that the doctor wasn't also a blonde woman. What then?

Edmund Hardy said...

Who can tell who gave witness to the myth? I feel the joke is on the teller, for the blonde woman's utterance underlies an intense study of the principles of indirection and substitution; she knows that "claims of possession are systematically alienated from the start". The level of autoventriloquy here puts paid to the whole hairest-sexist genre.

That was a damn good blonde joke you linked to. One of the best, I'd say.