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30 Hilarious Puns to Enjoy on International Joke Day

Laughter really can be one of the best forms of medicine. Study after study cite how it’s a great relief from anxiety and stress. It’s also good for your abs and helps lower blood pressure overall. 

Sometimes we could all use a reminder to take a pause, enjoy a good joke, and have a laugh with friends. Lots of people have also realized how important this is, which is why you can find many national days designated to honor jokes. For instance, today just happens to be International Joke Day!

To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some truly great puns that can really help you take the holiday to the next level. Puns make you think (and sometimes groan), so if you’re into this kind of humor, look no further. These are some very punny jokes you’ll definitely want to share with others. 

Animal Puns 

Animal jokes never get old. Whether the subject is cuddly cute, an ocean animal, or even a reptile, all are fair game for a punchline. Here are some of the top animal jokes you might want to share with others today. 

Bison joke

What did the bison say when its son left for school? Bison.

Starfish joke
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What fish only comes out at night? A starfish.

I don’t know why people are so scared of snakes. They are completely armless.

Fish joke

What did the fish say when it ran into the wall? Dam. 

A duck walked into a drug store and said, “I’d like some chapstick — just put it on my bill.” 

Why aren’t leopards good at hide ‘n seek? Because they’re always spotted. 

Food Puns

If you’re not hungry right now, you could be once you get through these food jokes. They just might make you work up an appetite while having a few laughs along the way. They’ll also be perfect to share with your foodie friends.

Jerk chicken joke
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What do you call a chicken who doesn’t have anything nice to say? Jerk chicken. 

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food but no atmosphere. 

What did the grape do when it got stepped on? It let out a little wine! 

Cheese joke

What do you call a cheese that is sad? Blue cheese. 

I wanted to grow an herb garden, but I couldn’t find the thyme. 

Banana pun
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What’s it called when a banana leaves the bunch due to artistic differences? Banana split.

Science Puns

Attention all science geeks — these jokes are perfect for you! And even if science isn’t your favorite subject, you’re sure to enjoy the play on words.

Science joke

Don’t trust an atom. They make up everything. 

A neutron goes into a bar and asks how much it’ll be for a beer. The bartender says, “For you, no charge!” 

Chemistry joke

I heard oxygen and magnesium were going to hang out. I was like, OMG. 

I’m reading a book about gravity, and I’m finding it really hard to put down. 

Astronauts joke

How do astronauts organize a party? They get together and planet. 

I make horrible science puns, but only periodically.

Grammar Puns

If words are your thing, then you’re going to love these next few jokes. Between punctuation jokes and general grammar-nerd references, they are some of the best opportunities for puns.

Grammar joke

The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense. 

The comma says, “Let’s slow down for a second.” The period replies, “Stop right there!” 

I’m really close with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know Y. 

Camping joke

You can’t run past a campground. You can only ran because it’s past tents. 

The exclamation point said, “I’ll never date another apostrophe. They’re too possessive.” 

Today in court, there were 23 consonants, 7 vowels, and a comma. They are due to be sentenced next week. 

Double negatives are a big no-no.

General Puns

Here are a few last puns to finish off the list. They don’t fit perfectly into a specific category, but they’re definitely worth adding into your rotation of jokes to share with others.

Stair joke

Never trust stairs. They’re always up to something. 

What do you do with crude oil? Teach it some manners.

To the person who invented the zero, thanks for nothing. 

Butter joke
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Why did the man throw the butter out the window? He wanted to see a butterfly. 

Adele joke

Why did Adele cross the road? She wanted to say hello from the other side. 

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