So I’ve got zombies on my mind a lot, given that I’m finishing up the syllabus for my j-session zombie course to turn in, well, as soon as possible. On my way home from dropping off a friend at the el, I walked down my deserted suburban street at around 9pm. The air was moist and a little misty from the recent rains, and the glow of the orange streetlights filled the air in the way only those lights can. As I walked the two blocks, I couldn’t help but ponder the poor defense my street offered against zombie hordes. Then, not two hours later, iTunes shuffles “The Man Comes Around” into my ears.

“And behold, a pale horse, and the name of him that sat on him was Death, and hell followed with him.”

Gives me the heebie jeebies.

Written gag delivered verbally

Mythbusters featured an amusing pun the other evening. In the middle of a project that had Jamie and Adam welding many pieces of pipe together, the announcer used this line:

While Jamie and Adam solder on down the pipe, let’s check in on the other mythbusters.

In writing, the joke is a brilliant reference to the phrase soldier on. In speech, though, it wouldn’t normally work, since the word solder
is pronounced SOD-der.

The Mythbusters announcer, though, found a way around this. He mispronounced solder to sound like SOLD-er, thus making the written joke audible. Hilarious.