On the way to school this morning, Caroline says, "Daddy, let's do riddles!"
Daddy says, "Ok."
-- pause --
"Go ahead Daddy, ask me a riddle."
Daddy: "What's black and white and read all over?" (Joke works much better said out loud...)
Caroline: "A penguin who ate all the pink cupcakes!"
Not bad, huh? Turns out, though, it came from a book called Pinkalicious Tickled Pink. So while it's clever, it wasn't original.
After a few other tries that didn't make any sense, Caroline hit gold - "An embarrassed zebra!"
Love it. That's Kenny Bania worthy.
Daddy explains the joke (you know, a newspaper), and how the linguistic device of a homophone delivers the classic punch line. At which point, Caroline disputes the hilarity of the joke by explaining in a deadpan that it doesn't make any sense. She fully understands the concept of homophones - can name many of them on her own - but apparently doesn't like being duped. So, of course, the joke didn't make any sense.
Tough crowd around here.