Here’s a clever joke that combines a touch of science with a solid pun – just the way we like it.
The word “genes” – as in, those DNA units that kind of determine everything we are, including how fat or thin – sounds exactly like the word “jeans” – which can magically make us look fat no less than our genetics can. So, you can see where we’re going with this, right?
Laughing in Reverse
Okay, as "Back to the Future" fanatics we absolutely fell in love with this joke, and we're not joking. So, you know how, when it comes to time travel, events tend to lose their initial chronological structure? Well, that's exactly what happens in this joke.
The punchline comes first! Now, our only (very minor) issue with this is – isn't it the time traveler who's supposed to know what's about to happen before it actually happens? Because here, it seems like the bartender is the one to predict the future.
Leaves a Marx
Well, in order to get this joke, you need a certain level of familiarity with the original commy, Karl Marx. But you also just kind of need to know what's the name of those bamboo chairs you always find by the pool.
So, we'd say you're probably halfway there, but just to complete the other half: sociologist no. 1 was referring to reading Marx, the philosopher; while sociologist no. 2 was referring to having red marks, as in, what you get after sitting in a wicker chair for too long.
We're really invested in helping you understand all the jokes on this list, so here's a quick recap for anyone who's not a certified chemist, just so you won't accidentally take this to be another "walks into a bar" snoozefest: Noble gases, such as Helium, are known for not reacting – chemically, that is – while being mixed with other elements.
The pun in this smart joke plays on the double meaning of "react" to explain why Helium was so chill about the bartender's refusal to serve him.
Who's That Chick?
Classical music nerds, this is your time to shine! Even though we'd be pretty disappointed if our non-music-expert readers wouldn't understand this joke. Oh well, we'll explain it anyway.
Okay, so: Beethoven and Bach are two of THE most genius classical music composers of, like, all times. Now, you know how a chicken's cluck sounds like "baq, baq?" Well, that's also what saying "Bach, Bach" sounds like. That should explain why Beethoven was so jealous he had to get rid of those traitorous chickens of his.