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Tasks / Puns Of The Navarone

Create a real world version of a pun, word play, or bad joke.

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15 points
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In the zone of: Society For Nihilistic Intent And Disruptive Efforts
Created by Morte

Terms: thehunt, morte, puns, research, humor

35 completed :: 40 in progress
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posted by Jellybean of Thark on September 22nd, 2008 9:51 AM


And the title is great too.

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posted by Waldo Cheerio on November 20th, 2008 5:00 AM

I feared that this might be approved. May it be remembered, I had no choice, my hand has been forced. In time, I only hope you will all forgive me.

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posted by Morte on November 20th, 2008 11:17 AM

Why would you need to be forgiven? I'm the one that created it, so if anyone should apologize it would be me. And I won't.

I proudly stand by any horrible punning that comes out of this. I may be standing at a great distance groaning in horror and holding my nose, but stand I will.

Bonus Strip.
posted by Waldo Cheerio on January 29th, 2009 12:00 AM

Now where are my privates?Another shameless use of the already thankless work of webcomic artists for the purposes of a task.

posted by Julia on February 4th, 2009 10:24 AM

explosm! i KNEW one of you lunatics know them!

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posted by Morte on November 20th, 2008 7:47 AM

Wow, I totally forgot I had created this task. And I'm all giddy that something I created is up for tasking. Wheeeeee!

It was created for my friend Mister Opinion who is an inveterate punner and drives me crazy with them.

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posted by Mister Opinion on November 20th, 2008 9:37 AM

I didn't even see that you were the creatrix for this one until you said!

And I love that movie, too.

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posted by Luai Lashire on November 22nd, 2008 8:07 AM

There is a book in the Xanth series (which is so chock-full of puns on every page of every book that it is mind-boggling) in which they visit the "pun-kin patch" (groan) where they encounter a huge number of real-life puns. My favorite, I think, is the bucket which says "Kick me"- and if you do, you die (get it?!?!). The entire series could probably serve as excellent inspiration for this task, but that book would be especially good, methinks.

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posted by Morte on November 22nd, 2008 8:53 AM

I loved the Xanth series when I was a kid. They're still fun to read nowadays, but when it comes to punning I think I prefer Spider Robinson's Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series. The Lady Slings the Booze is a particular favorite.

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posted by Darkaardvark on November 22nd, 2008 11:15 AM

Both series I loved. Xanth when I was younger- it did get a bit old after a while- and Callahan's still- I intend to reread some of that soon.

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posted by teucer on November 22nd, 2008 11:25 AM

Even Piers Anthony thinks Xanth gets old after a while.

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posted by Luai Lashire on November 23rd, 2008 7:51 AM

Well, there *are* 20+ books, which is pushing it for just about any series (except Discworld). I usually read them with large chunks of time between each book.

I haven't heard of the Callahan's series, I will have to check that out!

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posted by Morte on November 24th, 2008 9:34 AM

YaY Discworld! I cried when he announced that he was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. A storyteller like him should know who he is and what he has created to the very last.

Who's your favorite character? I'm always torn between Carrot and Cheery.

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posted by teucer on November 24th, 2008 10:08 AM

In general my favorite sub-series is the one about the Night Watch, yet my favorite character is Granny Weatherwax. Although over the past two books I've become quite fond of Moist.

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posted by Morte on November 24th, 2008 10:48 AM

I always felt that liking Granny was too obvious, although out of that set Greebo has my love the most.

I constantly quote Granny "You don't win just so's you won, you win so's that t'other person knows they lost!"

I like Moist, he's definitely an interesting character. I'd love to see him go up against Granny, honestly.

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posted by Amoeba Man on November 24th, 2008 3:26 PM

Toss up between Captain Vimes and Rincewind. Favorite novel is probably either Men at Arms or Night Watch, with Interesting Times coming up close behind. I remember reading Interesting Times in parallel with my studies of the Chinese Revolution and actually getting the jokes.

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posted by teucer on November 24th, 2008 6:49 PM

Granny does get a little bit Flandersized in the later books, which is a shame. I liked the early witch books better than the more recent ones, for the most part, though they're all excellent.

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posted by Morte on November 25th, 2008 9:58 AM

I decided a long time ago that the Discworld books are ones that 'probably shouldn't be read while on public trans' because of the tendancy to go into hysterics and read bits aloud to yourself. I do it anyways.

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posted by Absurdum on November 26th, 2008 2:54 AM

I'm not entirely sure I agree Teucer... I mean there are a few round edges that come from knowing the character so well (on the part of both the author and reader), but the Hat Full of Sky Trilogy is brilliant, and show's Granny's headology off very nicely indeed (The whole part with knowing that the witches would pull togeather in order to "spite" her and prevent her "gloating" - which of course was the outcome Granny actualy wanted).

I love the series in general, but I'd have to say that trilogy is my favourite. Favourite character is probably Granny, or possibly Later Vimes (Monstrous regiment etc) or Susan.

Favourite BOOK is harder, but in the main run (non Hat full of Sky trilogy) Small Gods, Monstrous Regiment and Jingo are all in the running - the subtexts in those ones are just so strong and interesting.

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posted by Morte on November 28th, 2008 1:07 PM

Lord, I don't know if I could pick a favorite. Small Gods, Men At Arms, and Thief of Time are up there, but I think just based on characters I would have to go with Wee Free Men, because the pictsies are awsome.

"We have heard a list of criminal and civil charges totalling nineteen thousand, seven hundred and sixty-three separate offences--"

"We wasnae there!" yelled Rob Anybody desperately. "Isn't that right, lads?"

"--including more than two thousand cases of Making an Affray, Causing a Public Nuisance, Being Found Drunk, Being Found Very Drunk, Using Offensive Language (taking into account ninety-seven counts of Using Language That Was Probably Offensive If Anyone Else Could Understand It), Committing a Breach of the Peace, Malicious Lingering--"

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posted by Luai Lashire on November 28th, 2008 4:05 PM

My favorite character is Death, but Rincewind and Moist are close behind. I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned Vetinari, though! He's absolutely an amazing character, part villain, part good guy, and entirely awesome.
Honestly, there are very few characters in any of the books I could say I dislike. It's just varying degrees of adoration.

For my favorite book.... Probaby either Going Postal, Pyramids, or Small Gods. Thief of Time, Making Money, and The Hogfather are also awesome. And of course, The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents is fantastic- better, I think, than the entire Hat Full of Sky trilogy, which is saying something since Wee Free Men is usually the first thing I suggest whenever someone asks me for reading suggestions!
... I guess once again I must say I really love all of them.

I'm new, be gentle. Where do you recommend next? ~Waldo
posted by Waldo Cheerio on November 29th, 2008 3:18 AM

I'm going through some of the collection now. Nightwatch, Thief of Time, and Hogfather were great, THUD! not quite as much. Working my way through the Johnny, Yo-less, Big Mac, and Wobbler series right now, thanks to The Walrus (up to Johnny and the Bomb so far). Maybe most important though is this article about Alzheimer's. I'll have to pick up your recommendations. Any order I should go in?

I prefer chaos
posted by Luai Lashire on November 29th, 2008 10:54 AM

There's a couple books in the Discworld series that shouldn't be read before reading some other book, but in general there's no specific order needed to understand them.
I believe the first one he wrote was The Color of Magic, so that introduces a lot of the characters. The witch books don't make sense when read out of order, but I can never for the life of me remember what the correct order is. There's a Vimes book where he goes back in time, but I can't remember which one it is.... That one is best left until after you've read some other Vimes ones too, I think; And the one where Carrot arrives in the city should be read before any other Carrot books, but again I can't recall the title. I think that's about it. Sorry for the disorganized suggestions.

... You know, SF0 really needs a forum for discussions like this.

I believe you are looking for this. +1
posted by Sockpuppet Utility on November 29th, 2008 4:11 PM


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posted by Philippe on February 8th, 2009 6:02 PM

Aw, I guess I'm the only person who thinks Vetinari is amazing.

It probably reflects a secret sympathy with fascists in my heart of hearts. But if you only invite one dictator to your dinner parties this year, make that fascist Vetinari. He's the kind of guy you want to have drinks and talk about political philosophy with. Also, the hilarious Sartrean "free choice" between the two doorways in Going Postal is one of my favorite moments in the series, bar none.

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posted by Ben Yamiin on November 25th, 2008 1:54 PM

Anyone have a recipe for a Mumia?

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posted by Morte on November 25th, 2008 3:04 PM

No, but I did give the Discworld Cookbook to misteropinion, which *does* have a recipe for scumble. Made of apples.

Well, mostly apples.

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posted by teucer on November 25th, 2008 5:45 PM

I always assumed it was applejack.

Only starting out a bit stronger than if you just fermented apples.

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posted by Morte on November 25th, 2008 10:12 PM

Cider can be very strong. I should know, it's mostly what I drink.

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posted by Mister Opinion on December 3rd, 2008 1:32 PM

I hate to terrify you, but the height (?) of the fermented apple family is clearly Scrumpy, which contains meat and distilled liquid evil.

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posted by Morte on December 3rd, 2008 1:42 PM

Meat?!?!?! EEEWWWWW!!!

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posted by Mister Opinion on December 3rd, 2008 1:57 PM

There's a reason for it, involving providing free nitrogen for the fermentation process, but I'm mostly with you. OTOH, if you really really really want to go on a horrible bender with a hangover which will remind you that pain comes in a lot of levels which cannot normally fathom, scrumpy is your man.

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posted by teucer on December 3rd, 2008 2:12 PM

Typically the strongest ciders are made by either concentrating the apple juice before brewing it or by adding things that aren't apples; otherwise you'll get something not much stronger than your average beer. (I'm also a cider fan, and I've been known to make the stuff. My current batch is going to be somewhere around 12%, and it's made with only mostly apples.) But either way, you're not going to get above twenty percent alcohol by volume or so without either a still or a cold winter.

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posted by GYØ Ben on December 12th, 2008 4:21 PM

How'd ya like those apples?

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posted by JJason Recognition on December 12th, 2008 3:04 PM

Does anybody know someone named Nate?

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posted by Peter Garnett on December 12th, 2008 5:26 PM

Yes, but I doubt he'd be interested in reenacting the Snake Joke.

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posted by JJason Recognition on December 14th, 2008 1:54 PM

You don't have to tell him that that's what you're doing

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posted by Minch on April 11th, 2009 2:05 PM


A little more poetic than punny per se
posted by NohWoman on April 20th, 2009 3:18 AM

I was just at LACMA where I saw this very striking example of someone enacting... how to describe it? Well, he dribbled a real green line along the conceptual (political) Green Line. And filmed it. And overlaid interviews reflecting on it (conceptual to physical to conceptual and around again).
If this confuses you, check out and
If you're in Los Angeles, I recommend checking it out. It's in the Latin American wing (Americas building, 4th floor).


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