I recall a pun I read decades ago. It concerned an international incident, which happened on Thanksgiving on the way from the kitchen to the dining room, namely “the downfall of Turkey and the destruction of China”.
I had a similar experience yesterday, except that was not Thanksgiving, a chicken and not a turkey was involved, and it was no pun...or even slightly humorous...and no fun. I merely dropped a bowl of chicken gravy. The mess was bad enough, and I will miss several meals of leftovers.
The mess I caused might be the worst I have ever managed to achieve in a lifetime of making messes. This was not a simple case of gravy spilling on the floor. No, this was a marvelous spread caused by a bowl slipping out of my hand and careening down several refrigerator shelves to the floor. The only positive was the bowl not smashing.
Needless to say, gravy is greasy and splashes rather nicely. I was forced to dissemble the refrigerator and wipe off the contents. I even unscrewed parts, which let me clean spots that had never seen the light of day or taint of cleaning fluid. Some parts of the refrigerator have not been so clean since leaving the factory.
Afterwards, I considered where I went wrong. Of course, I kicked myself (well, believe me, I would have if I could) for dropping the bowl, but that was not the prime mistake. I should not have transferred the gravy from the pan to a bowl, which I thought would make stowage easier. I might have had to rearrange the full refrigerator, but I would not have dropped a pan.
After some thought, perhaps a pun can be spun. Today, “After its downfall, Greece was wiped out”. This is not a headline anyone would wish to read, but current economic turmoil could turn my bad pun into worse reality.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.