Following Crap Joke of the Day™ #65 – in which we clarified CJotD’s forthright stance on animal rights – we received widespread praise for our comeback after our much-criticised joke about dog interrogation.
Unfortunately this praise was not universal.
It seems our choice of joke on Friday raised the ire of a number of groups, communities and associations, not least the Bumble Bee Appreciation Society of Flitwick and Hemsby; the Royal Anthophila Research Association of Finland; and popular trade magazine Beekeeper Attire Monthly.
It seems that our choice of joke – specifically one involving bees so soon after our denial of animal cruelty – was seen as a slap in the face for the world’s bee loving community.
We received a range of formal correspondence questioning our judgement, not least the following from BBASFH:
‘As great fans of Crap Joke of the Day™, we were horrified on Friday 30th March to find you taking the issue of bee habitats so nonchalantly, especially in the face of accusations of animal cruelty elsewhere. We were disgusted to witness a classic case of mammal bias.
‘Like Superman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk, Bees are heroes – just smaller. They are a critical part of our Earth’s fragile ecosystem and, without suitable dwellings, their status as an endangered species will be yet further escalated. Keeping them in any kind of archive or book repository would seriously impede pollination, and we don’t appreciate your trivialising of this sensitive issue.
‘We sincerely hope you choose your jokes more wisely in future. In the meantime, we have cancelled our email subscription to your services.’
Chairman, The Bumble Bee Society of Flitwick and Hemsby
We have issued an immediate apology to all parties involved, and would like to take this opportunity to remind prospective beekeepers that the very best artificial hives should be of the ‘fixed frame’ variety, with honey extracted using traditional pressing techniques.
Moving on: since our recent crap joke narratives have got us into hot water twice, we’ll press right ahead with today’s completely human joke. Enjoy.
Q. Did you hear about the man who read Osteopathy Magazine for 20 years?
A. He had lots of back issues.
Another one of those, same time tomorrow.