January 18, 2007

Crackers' Jokes Vs Chinese Lantern Puzzles–one

When I went to Somerset during Christmas, before the Christmas dinner, the first thing we did was to pull crackers. Then we had dinner with the bright hats that looked like paper crowns. Then we red the jokes in the Crackers. The one I red was as follows:
why doesn’t the snowman get married?
because he has cold feet
To be frank, I did not understand at that moment. Then after their laughing, my host explained to me that in English if it said someone got cold feet meant that he was frightened to do something.
Another one I remember and could understand just at that moment:
Three are men sitting in one boat. The boat is in the middle of a lake, so they couldn’t get contact with other people on land. If they want to smoke, what should they do?
The answer is : “they just throw one of them into the water, in order to make the boat lighter”
Then after I came back, I found more information about the crackers.
In 1847, almost by accident, Tom Smith invented the cracker. It was a simple idea which became an integral part of British celebration and tradition which still continues today, 150 years on. In it’s simple form a cracker is a small cardboard tube covered in a brightly coloured twist of paper. When the cracker is ‘pulled’ by two people, each holding one end of the twisted paper, the friction creates a small explosive ‘pop’ produced by a narrow strip of chemically impregnated paper. The cardboard tube tumbles a bright paper hat, a small gift, a balloon and a motto or joke.

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