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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    joke explanation - cows, horns...

    Joke: "Why do cows have horns? Because their horns don't work!"

    I hope you won't consider me being stupid because I don't understand the joke... . What is the point? Maybe I can't understand it because of the fact that some of the words, e.g. "horns", have more than one meaning...
    I' probably a little slow-witted as I really can't find the funny point of the joke!
    Or is it one of the jokes that don't have any funny point and that's what makes them funny?

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    Re: joke explanation - cows, horns...

    In addition, cows (female) don't have horns...

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    Re: joke explanation - cows, horns...

    The problem is, you've heard the wrong form of the joke. The question is 'Why do cows have bells?' Geddit?

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    Re: joke explanation - cows, horns...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The problem is, you've heard the wrong form of the joke. The question is 'Why do cows have bells?' Geddit?

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    Ahhh! I see! Thanks, Bob!

    (I assume that the joke is based on the second meaning of a horn (a musical instrument), right?)

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    Re: joke explanation - cows, horns...

    (although I'd've picked a less tuneful sort of horn - a car horn (sometimes called a 'klaxon'). And the joke is also based on a double meaning for bell [=indicator of presence, as for example worn by a cow|generator of warning sound, as for example mounted on a bicycle's handlebars]

    Last edited by BobK; 24-Jun-2007 at 16:01. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Thanks!

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    Re: joke explanation - cows, horns...

    You're welcome.

    You could make the joke more biologically sound by making it:

    Q Why do cows have bells?
    A Because they don't have horns.

    (I'm not sure of the biology. Aren't there some breeds that do, or am I just being a dumb townie?)

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    Re: joke explanation - cows, horns...

    Quote Originally Posted by Niall Beag View Post
    Yes, there are a number of breeds where the females have horns. (Scottish Highland Cow, US Longhorn Cow.)
    The males generally have bigger horns, though.
    Oh, I should feel ashamed I didn't know that!

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