Funny Pun – Number Eight
Funny Pun – Number Eight
Hing and Ming and the Chickens
This story takes place in China
On a farm out in the sticks.
Olaf Olson, the old farmer
Had a problem he could not fix.
I know what you are thinking,
Olson is not a Chinese name.
This old gentleman farmer
To America once came.
He stood in line at Ellis Island,
Olaf Olson was just ahead.
When Sam was asked his name,
“Sam Ting,” is what he said.
The customs guy told Sam, "Okay."
Sam became Olaf that same day.
With the backstory we’re done,
Now back to the main pun.
Olaf owned a large chicken farm
But customers weren’t buying.
His chickens lost their feathers
And then they began dying.
Money was no problem,
But what should Olaf do?
He soon surfed the Internet
To find experts who knew.
He found a scientist named Hing
Who studied almost everything.
And a sorcerer called Ming
Who had once advised a king.
Remember our hero is rich
So he paid whatever it took.
To bring both of these wise men
To visit and take a look.
They examined the chickens
Both on the inside and out.
Hing said it wasn’t leprosy,
Ming said it wasn’t the gout.
They agreed in consultation
With mutual admiration,
It was not dehydration
Nor even constipation.
Hing was a scientist
And also a professor.
Unlike Ming who wore a robe,
He was a snappy dresser.
He taught poultry science courses
At famous old Fokk U.
Regarding chicken disease,
Hing knew just what to do.
You gather gum tree leaves
And make from them a brew.
Feed the gum tea to the chickens
And they will be as good as new.
Ming, you recall, was a wizard
So he studied pig entrails.
He meditated and cogitated
And cast a number of spells.
He then brewed some pekoe tea
And in the leaves what did he see?
The very same answer as Hing –
It’s the leaves of the gum tree.
Together their concentration
Led to a demonstration.
“Infusions of gum tree leaves,”
Hing explained. “all studies show
Will stop the chickens from dying
And cause their feathers to grow.”
Ming in his wizard’s robe agreed,
“As gum sticks to tables and chairs,
So shall the gum tree leaves
Grow feathers where chickens are bare.”
Olaf Olson nee Ting is pleased.
Due to their collaboration,
He is delighted to follow
Their mutual recommendation.
Was Hing and Ming’s solution
To the problem, a resolution?
Everyone already knows
Whether poetry or prose:
"All of Hing's courses and all of Ming's ken
Couldn't get gum tea to feather a hen."
Was this a 'Gotcha'? Or merely a 'Groaner'?
© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Includes most-needed, valuable information for older workers.
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