1. blf says

    It’s a simple question of weight ratios! A multitonne areoplane can carry more dead cows in the hold than in the overhead bins.
    Listen. In order to maintain air-speed velocity, an aeroplane needs to burn a constant number of cow farts every second, right?
    They could be carried by a balloon!
    But, of course, balloons are harder to steer — the dead cows would end up in Portugal anyways.

  2. Sophy says

    Although cow farts are the traditional fuel for maintaining air speed researchers are experimenting with other sources of hot air. Politicians, talk show hosts and members of the aristocracy for instance. In Scotland they’ve been working on fine tuning the me/thane ratio for solo flights.

  3. Mano Singham says

    TGAP Dad,

    It is a vice I acquired in my boyhood. I enjoy words and playing with them which naturally leads to seeing puns everywhere. It is the bane of the people in my life, especially my children who are the first victims of them.

  4. Johnny Vector says

    A friend of mine, who is incorrigible, says it’s a disease.

    Many years ago, when we were attempting to outdo each other with shaggy dog stories, I came up with what I thought was a good pun, and kept it to myself for over a year. Then one day…

    “My daughter found a praying mantis in the house last night,” he said. We talked about it for a while, then I confessed that I too had recently found one in my house.

    “I took it outside of course, but then I wasn’t sure where best to put it. The compost pile, I thought. There are lots of bugs there for it to eat. It’ll be very happy there. But then, just as I was about to drop it off, I suddenly realized: Am I crazy? What if this is a non-compost mantis!”

    He never saw it coming.

  5. Mano Singham says


    Yeah, sometimes good puns come to mind but the occasion never arises where one drop it casual into conversation. You were lucky!

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