Skunk Joke

Alan shares a well-known riddle about skunks.

Q: How do you keep a skunk from smelling?

A. Hold its nose.

What's So Funny?

There is a double meaning here.  The skunk has a strong odor, so we say it smells (bad).  The other meaning is what the skunk does with his nose: it smells (things in the world around it).

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.