Sunday, August 22, 2010

Will No One Rid Me of This Abominable Pun?

Where did I get this terrible pun?


ABOMINABLE




NOBLE

It helps if you say the words slowly. And think of the two images as a comic, representing two sequential moments in time.

I know I didn't get it from Mike. I've had this pun in my head since elementary school.

Maybe I got it from The Hodgepodge Book? Somehow, I don't think so.

I think that if I saw the original illustrations, I'd recognize them. But where?

5 comments:

Mike said...

A bomb in a bull. Oy.

(Incidentally, I was a little confused about the identity of the
animal at first. A nose-ring might help its legibility as "bull"
rather than "earless cow.")

And no, you didn't get that one from me!

Darcy said...

AWFUL, but in the best possible way. I got "Abominable" pretty quickly, and that helped me figure out "Noble," which was harder. (There was no bull in the drawing, you see.)

Anonymous said...

I just found this page by searching for the key words abominable and noble, because I had the same question: where have I seen this before? Did you ever figure out the answer? I think it may have been an old lithograph reprinted in a Martin Gardner book, but I'm not sure.

Anonymous said...

Same, may be different book but the one I saw with this but slightly different also had a riddle about Harry and two barbers, some kind of "I swallowed my toothbrush" and "what's a tarantula look like" things... a bunch of stuff. Wish I could find it.

Anonymous said...

I recall this graphic pun from a book of cartoons and humor in the early to mid-1970's. I don't believe it was the Hodgepodge book which seems to have a later copyright date.