Thursday, June 16, 2011

So close ... but not quite there

In today's "Mother Goose and Grimm", Ralph the Boston terrier continues his week-long conversation with the Monopoly Scottie. Today, the Scottie tells Ralph that he doesn't run around the house anymore, because the last time he did that he "knocked over some furniture and it fell on a famous board game character." "Oh," says Ralph, "I think I read about that." And the Scottie replies, "Yes. Mrs Peacock in the kitchen with a candlestick."

Mrs Peacock in the kitchen with a candlestick

Now, set aside that a candlestick is not exactly what I'd call "furniture" (though it's surely the closest thing in Clue (or Cluedo for all our non-American friends)). Mrs Peacock isn't killed with the candlestick in the kitchen: she kills Mr Boddy (or Dr Black, as you prefer).

The joke just falls short of working. But with humor, a miss is as good as a mile (or kilometer...)

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