A history of the world in funny puns

August 21st, 2015

For many of us, it's a punderful life (pun: a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings) and to mark the UK Pun championships, we present a history of the world in puns. So here goes. Once a pun a time . . . it all started with THE BIG BANG, a theory which describes how the Universe began in a rapid expansion about 13.7 billion years ago. It is thought that all of space was created in this first moment. Expert and scientist Stephen Hawking (and who can put down his book about anti-gravity?) has even appeared in a cameo for American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Here are some space puns:  •  How does the Solar System hold up its trousers? With an asteroid belt • What kinds of music do planets sing? Neptunes • An astronaut broke the law of gravity and earned a suspended sentence • That was a poor joke about infinity – it didn't have an ending Gallery compiled by Martin Chilton Picture: Alamy

dinosaurs

Ancient Egypt

noah's ark

Stonehenge

Socrates

Julius Caesar

Jesus

Vesuvius

hadrian's wall

King Arthur

Battle of Hastings

The Black Death

Gutenberg

Columbus

Renaissance

Spanish Armada

Gunpowder Plot

Great Fire of London

Acts of Union

Boston Tea Party

French revolution

Waterloo

Stephenson

the gold rush

Darwin

Abraham Lincoln

Marx

Vincent van Gogh

Olympics

Freud

Queen Victoria

Ford Model T

WW1

Russian Revolution

Wall Street Crash

WW2

Einstein

Cuban Missile Crisis

James Bond

Moon landings

Nixon

Mao

berlin wall

Dolly the Sheep

Google

Football

Harry Potter

Obama

YouTube


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