A friend recently sent me the following joke:
A man went to the zoo. All they had to exhibit was a dog. It was a shih tzu.
This evening I wondered how many other jokes there were using the pattern “adjective + noun sounds like noun“. So I downloaded the CMU pronouncing dictionary, WordNet and cracked out a bit of Perl.
Here are the jokes my computer came up with (with a little help):
A reformed conman now has a job installing kitchens. He’s an expert counter fitter.
I once knew an IT-professional who used the subjunctive. That’s some pro grammar.
Did you hear about the salad that wouldn’t stop screaming? Now it contains hoarse radish.
An exhibitionist has recently got into songwriting. Be prepared for some new ditty.
I found a niche, but sadly out of date, vegetable in the fridge. Off beet.
An man from Oceania saved the world with his urine. It was a key wee.
I was once attacked by a blind, snake-like, fish. (That’s not an eyed eel situation.)
An Asian man ran into a bank, started ranting, and then escaped with cash. It was quite some Thai raid.
The man in charge of illuminating the sea was really bad at his job. He got a dim ocean.
I like to play chess. But I try not to involve my czech mate.
Did you see the bird that stole a snack from the beach? I think it was a bay gull.
The harbour has been torn down and replaced with an Italian restaurant. At least there’s no quay.
Do you know the pirate whose son is rude to everyone? He’s a bit of a coarse heir.
Surprisingly, when art collectors die they see more Titians.
So it turns out the original is the only vaguely funny joke with this formula. But I still found it a faintly interesting exercise. Here’s the full ouput from the script (a number only work with an American accent):
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I don’t think computers will be kicking out the writers any time soon.