CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

 

E-mail announcing a recent bicycle film festival: “HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THE EVER-POPULAR URBAN BIKE SHORTS, FEATURING STORIES ABOUT AMPUTEE BROTHERS CHASING THEIR BMX DREAMS, 3 FEMALE COURIERS IN LONDON AND A POSTMAN IN AFGHANISTAN.”

 

What’s so funny about this? At first reading, this email sounds like it’s promoting a pretty straight-forward movie about some brothers with a handicap who are interested in biking. Specifically, they want to be involved in BMX, or bicycle motocross. This is racing on special “dirt” bikes on a track including lots of hills, mud, trees, gullies, and all kinds of other obstacles. As if riding with an artificial leg weren’t an obstacle enough, I guess these brothers want to show the world and themselves that having a handicap does not necessarily mean you have to give up what’s most important to you. This is all very noble.  The other 2 movies are about some women who deliver packages by bicycle in London, and a mailman who rides his bike in Afghanistan. However upon closer reading, we realize that because it’s all one sentence, this email could well be describing, some bizarre comedy, where three handicapped guys are chasing 3 female couriers on their BMX bikes across London. If these guys are healthy males, then this might be kind of understandable, but then why would they go all the way to Afghanistan to chase some poor post or mailman? What did he ever do to them? The reason for the confusion is the double usage of “chase.” Usually it refers to a physical chase such as a dog running after a fox, or a cop chasing a crook. But idiomatically it means to pursue, or follow, an idea, a thought, or in this case a desire, a dream. Needs editing, fellas.  And THAT’s what’s so funny!

 

This joke appeared in the Oct 5, edition of the blog, World Wide Words

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

 

E-mail announcing a recent bicycle film festival: “HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THE EVER-POPULAR URBAN BIKE SHORTS, FEATURING STORIES ABOUT AMPUTEE BROTHERS CHASING THEIR BMX DREAMS, 3 FEMALE COURIERS IN LONDON AND A POSTMAN IN AFGHANISTAN.”

 

What’s so funny about this? At first reading, this email sounds like it’s promoting a pretty straight-forward movie about some brothers with a handicap who are interested in biking. Specifically, they want to be involved in BMX, or bicycle motocross. This is racing on special “dirt” bikes on a track including lots of hills, mud, trees, gullies, and all kinds of other obstacles. As if riding with an artificial leg weren’t an obstacle enough, I guess these brothers want to show the world and themselves that having a handicap does not necessarily mean you have to give up what’s most important to you. This is all very noble.  The other 2 movies are about some women who deliver packages by bicycle in London, and a mailman who rides his bike in Afghanistan. However upon closer reading, we realize that because it’s all one sentence, this email could well be describing, some bizarre comedy, where three handicapped guys are chasing 3 female couriers on their BMX bikes across London. If these guys are healthy males, then this might be kind of understandable, but then why would they go all the way to Afghanistan to chase some poor post or mailman? What did he ever do to them? The reason for the confusion is the double usage of “chase.” Usually it refers to a physical chase such as a dog running after a fox, or a cop chasing a crook. But idiomatically it means to pursue, or follow, an idea, a thought, or in this case a desire, a dream. Needs editing, fellas.  And THAT’s what’s so funny!

 

This joke appeared in the Oct 5, edition of the blog, World Wide Words

Listen to my audioboo: https://audioboo.fm/boos/1642196-catch-me-if-you-can

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