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Puns, as only the Sun can do them…


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Under the headline “Open fried, you’re dead“, and a pictured captioned “You’re hisstory … snake struck at fence after getting in tangle with wires” the Sun writes:

IT’S fang you and goodnight for this giant snake – as it chomps into an electric fence. Game wardens saw the 20ft rock python bite at the fence after getting its tail tangled on the cables.

After those two sentences, there’s a further pictured, captiond “Oh deer … earlier meal visible…”, and then they continue:

When they slit it open to examine the snake’s bulging belly at the Silent Valley Game Ranch in South Africa they found a whole antelope carcass. A spokesman said: “Usually the snake will hide to digest its meal.” Guess this beast hadn’t adder nuff.

I found it funny. But it really demonstrates that The Sun, for all its faults, still hasn’t lost the good and bad puns that are forever groanworthy and that make it so popular. Good for it.

This 683rd post was filed under: News and Comment.

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