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Ever thought that you could get flushed down the loo? That girls wee out their bottoms? Or that bumming means two men rubbing their bums together? Tell us about your childhood misconceptions. Thanks to Joefish for the suggestion.

(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 15:21)
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that the punchline was just nonsense
For years, without giving it any consideration, I thought that the punchline to "Why did the chicken cross the road" was just a piece of half arsed playground nonsense, as in "because it wanted to cross the road" usually followed by screams of "you idiot, mnnnng, joey" (such was life, growing up in the 70s)

It didn't occur to me that it was a metaphysical comment on the suicidal nature of poultry.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:08, closed)
At 29 you've just brought me out of the same misconception!
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:58, closed)

(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 17:10, closed)
that's because it's not
it's very much a single entendre punchline
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 19:46, closed)
Much though I like the metaphysical interpretation (which Mr Toast first introduced me to), I reckon that involves reading far too much into an extremely simple joke.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 21:38, closed)
it first appeared in a late 1800s magazine
when spiritualism/seances/the occult were all the rage.

I'm pretty certain the jokes intention was the topical spooky/mundane double meaning
(, Thu 19 Jan 2012, 7:20, closed)
I feel silly now
I never realised the spooky meaning either. Oh dear
(, Fri 20 Jan 2012, 12:41, closed)
Never thought of it that way either
I like your version better!
(, Sat 21 Jan 2012, 12:58, closed)

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