In times like these we need a little humor in our lives. There are escalating terror attacks worldwide, the threat of nuclear weapons in hostile hands, and coarsened political discourse and strife. We used to avoid discussions of just politics and religion at cocktail parties, but now add entertainment venues such as late-night comedy, movies, concerts, and news broadcasts to that list. You could always start a conversation with, “Nice warm day we’re having”. Not any more. Feelings are running high, too high.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not dismissing the seriousness of these issues that face our country and the world, but the hyperbole and hysteria have become tiresome. It’s time to dial it back. Although I have my own political leanings, I’ll not use this birding and photography blog to express them. Rather, this space is an escape from all that.
So let’s step back and hear some benign bird jokes. I’ve screened them for hidden meanings and believe they are all politically correct. I’ve been accused of having the sense of humor arrested at the 8 year-old level, so I hope my grandson and his crowd can also enjoy this post. The pictures were chosen from the recent archives.
How do you keep a turkey in suspense? I’ll tell you later.
I understand a crow has one less pinion feather than a raven. Then, how do you tell a crow from a raven? It’s a matter of opinion.
How many birds does it take to change a light bulb? Toucan do it.
What do you get when you cross a chicken with a duck? A bird that lays down.
A Frenchman with a parrot on his shoulder walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “where did you get that thing”? The parrot replies, “In France, there are millions of them there”.
How did the gum cross the road? It was stuck to the chicken’s foot.
That is a new bird for me; what does an Eastern Gulp look like? Like a swallow, only noisier.
And lastly, my favorite, repeated far too often to my groaning family and friends: Why do hummingbirds hum? Because they forgot the words.
So there; a little respite from our troubled world. But I’m still an optimist, better times are ahead.