CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Puzzles and Games: Which is Funnier

March 21, 2014 (permalink)

Which is funnier: just outside or two blocks away?

Clue: This is according to Neil Simon.

Answer: two blocks (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Neil Simon, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. "Not outside the Roman Senate. Two blocks from the Roman Senate. Two blocks is funny."  [Thanks, Jonathan!]

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December 6, 2011 (permalink)

Which is funnier: an apple or a banana?

Clue: This is according to a radio presenter.

Answer: banana (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Peter Stewart, Essential Radio Skills: How to Present a Radio Show (2010), p. 216

July 18, 2011 (permalink)

Which word is funnier: tomato or banana?

Clue: This is according to the classic satirical magazine Punch.

Answer: tomato (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Punch (1923)

June 20, 2011 (permalink)

Which word is funnier: moist or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Clue: This is according to feminist/humour academic Gina Barreca.

Answer: ..............moist................ (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Gene Weingarten & Gina Barreca, I'm with Stupid (2006)

May 29, 2011 (permalink)

Which word is funnier: bucket or pail?

Clue: This is according to rhetoricians.

Answer: Bucket. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Wilma R. Ebbitt, William T. Lenehan, The Writer's Reader (1968)

May 22, 2011 (permalink)

Which state is funnier: Maine or Kansas?

Note: This is according to the sounds of the words and not the citizens.

Answer: Kansas. Humorists note that a hard "k" tends to make words sound funny. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

May 2, 2011 (permalink)

Which word is funnier: girdle or corset?

Clue: This is according to humorist Jack Rawlins.

Answer: girdle (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

April 5, 2011 (permalink)

Which word is funnier: turpentine or spatula?

Clue: The answer is also funnier than yogurt and llama.

Answer: turpentine. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Alan Madison, 100 Days and 99 Nights (2008)

March 25, 2011 (permalink)

Let's enjoy an interlude from our long-running game to consider some things that sound funnier than they are:


March 16, 2011 (permalink)

Which car is funnier: Buick or Chevrolet?

Clue: This is according to the book Humor in the Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers (and Other Entertainers!)

Answer: .....Buick......” (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Deborah J. Hill (1998), p. 67

March 1, 2011 (permalink)

Which is funnier: last year's fashions or last century's?

Clue: This is according to playwright Arthur Wing Pinero.

Answer: Last year's. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, Plays (1986)

February 2, 2011 (permalink)

Which is funnier: January or August?

Clue: This is according to humorist David Sedaris.

Answer: August. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: David Sedaris, Holidays on Ice (2009)

October 25, 2010 (permalink)

Which is funnier: flat or perspective?

Clue:  This is according to a guide to drawing comics

Answer:  Flat.  (The answer is in black text on the black background.  Highlight it to view.)

Citation:  Suck School of Comic Art, Suck.com, (Nov. 7, 1997)

October 20, 2010 (permalink)

How did the editor of Punch reply to someone who complained that his magazine was not as funny as it used to be?

Clue:  He spoke three words.

Answer:  “It never was.”  (The answer is in black text on the black background.  Highlight it to view.)

Citation:  Joseph S. Nye, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power (1990), p. 87.

October 15, 2010 (permalink)

Which is funnier: a brandy bottle or a prayer book?

Clue:  This is according to biographer Lytton Strachey.

Answer:  a brandy bottle.  (The answer is in black text on the black background.  Highlight it to view.)

Citation:  Michael Holroyd, Lytton Strachey: A Critical Biography (1968), p. 315.

October 10, 2010 (permalink)

True or False: Line graphs are 50% funnier than bar charts.

Clue:  This is according to a guide to drawing comics

Answer:  True.  (The answer is in black text on the black background.  Highlight it to view.)

Citation:  Suck School of Comic Art, Suck.com, (Nov. 7, 1997)

October 5, 2010 (permalink)

True or False: Sideburns are funnier than Vandykes.

Clue:  This is according to a guide to drawing comics

Answer:  False.  (The answer is in black text on the black background.  Highlight it to view.)

Citation:  Suck School of Comic Art, Suck.com, (Nov. 7, 1997)

September 30, 2010 (permalink)

Which Shakespeare play is funnier: Hamlet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Clue:  This is according to a user’s guide to Hamlet

Answer:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (The answer is in black text on the black background.  Highlight it to view.)

Citation:  Michael Pennington, Hamlet: A User’s Guide (1997), p. 18.

September 25, 2010 (permalink)

True or False: Flow charts are the funniest charts of all.

Clue:  This is according to a guide to drawing comics

Answer:  True.  (The answer is in black text on the black background.  Highlight it to view.)

Citation:  Suck School of Comic Art, Suck.com, (Nov. 7, 1997)



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