We’re Hooked- Fish Jokes

  • What happens when the tuna fisherman has a bad day? He gets canned!colorful fish
  • What do you call a fish with no eyes? Fsh!
  • Where do fish clean up? In a river basin!
  • Where do fish sleep at night? On the sea bed!
  • Why are gold fish orange? The water makes them rusty!
  • What part of a fish weighs the most? Its scales!
  • What does the pope eat during lent? Holy mackerel!
  • What do you call a fish who makes you an offer you can’t refuse? The Codfather!
  • What day of the week do fish hate? Frydays!
  • What do you call a man that’s good at fishing? Rod!japanese carp
  • What did the fish say when he swam in to a wall? Dam!
  • What do fish need to take to stay healthy? Vitamin Sea!
  • How do fish go into business? They start on a small scale!
  • What was the Tsar of Russia’s favorite fish? Tsardines!

Mirth in a Box sells fun and unusual care packages for summer campers, college students, and anyone who needs a bit of good cheer!

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Brexit and Humpty Dumpty-What’s the Connection?

humpty dumpty mothr gooseTwas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

This is the first stanza of “The Jabberwocky”. Read the rest here.

In Lewis Carroll’s novel, “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” Carroll includes this poem, “The Jabberwocky”. Poor Alice! After stumbling in to an alternative world she encounters a book filled with poetry that can only be read by holding it up to a mirror. Frustrated by the exitnonsense words she finds in “The Jabberwocky”, she asks Humpty Dumpty for help. He explains,”Well, ‘slithy’ means ‘lithe and slimy’. ‘Lithe’ is the same as ‘active’. You see it’s like a portmanteauthere are two meanings packed up into one word”. Ahhhaa!

Thus the concept of portmanteau words was introduced to the world by the infamous british landmarkHumpty Dumpty. That unlucky egg helped give us words such as Brexit (Britain and exit),spork (spoon and fork), and frenemy (friend and enemy).

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word ‘portmanteau’ as, 1.A large suitcase OR 2. A word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (such as smog from smoke and fog).
More, more (I love this type of wordplay)?
How about:

  • Bromance-brother and romance
  • Email-electronic and mail
  • Hangry-Hunger and and anger
  • Croissandwich-croissant and sandwich
  • Twerk- twist and jerk
  • Affluenza- affluence and influenza
  • Ginormous-gigantic and enormous
  •  Staycation- stay and vacation
  • Labradoodle-labrador and poodle

What are some of your favorite portmanteaux?

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Buggy Quotes: Insects, Bugs, and Arachnids

  • Mosquitoes are the greatest mass murderers on planet Earth. Katherine Applegateinsect close up
  • Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. Groucho Marx
  • We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics. Bill Vaughan
  • Some primal termite knocked on wood;
and tasted it, and found it good.
That is why your Cousin May
fell through the parlor floor today.
Ogden Nash
  • God in His wisdom made the fly
….And then forgot to tell us why.
Ogden Nashorange butterfly on flower
  • When birds burp, it must taste like bugs. Bill Watterson
  • Mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think. Tom Wilson
  • You must kill the spider to get rid of the cob web. Maltese Proverb
  • Mosquitoes can ruin the hunt for big game. David Allen
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Muhammad Ali

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Camp Care Package Ideas: Old Timey Toys, Games, and Puzzles

jump rope

This!

Can’t think of what to send your child at summer camp? Think back to your childhood! If you are a grandparent with a grandchild at camp-even better! Without smart phones and computers at hand, your young camper might be struggling to fill his free time. The care package you send might be a lifesaver! Here’s a few ideas:

Classic Games such as checkers, Uno, Mille Bourne, pick up sticks, jacks, marbles, dominos, and a plain deck of playing cards.

Puzzles and puzzle books are perfect for quiet times. Metal puzzles, maze puzzles, slide puzzles, Rubik’s Cube, books of crossword, word find, suduko, and logic puzzles are easy to mail and wonderful ways to unwind.

Simple Outdoor Toys like jump ropes, skippers, any sort of ball, frisbees, velcro catch games, or water balloons.

dangerous toy from 1960's

Not this!

Art and Craft Supplies would be much appreciated by most children. Embroidery floss and paracords for friendship bracelets, sketch pads, coloring books, colored pencils, markers, or watercolors.

WARNING! Some things from the past that you should never send would include water pistols & cap guns, slingshots, food or Jarts! Ha!

Mirth in  a Box sells fun and unusual camp care packages. We have plenty of premade packages, but if you are feeling creative, we encourage you to make your own special care package for your camper in our Build Your Own Section! Have fun!

 
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15 Great Gifts to Send Your Kid at Summer Camp

It’s so much fun to create a camp care package! About half of the care packages we send tocard game for camp campers are ones that parents create themselves using our Build Your Own Box feature.  Here are some of the most popular items (Thank you, parents!):

  1. Uno This is a perennial favorite. Most kids know the rules, it is a good game for larger groups, and if your child loses a card (or two), it is not the end of the world. Plus its small size makes it easy to store in a cabin.
  2. Temporary Tattoos- Because real tattoos are soon permanent!
  3. High Bounce Sponge Balls- Or any sort of ball, but these are the most popular on our website. They are small, colorful, and well-made.hippie tattoo
  4. Checkers Set- A summertime staple!
  5. Origami Kits- We carry several different origami kits and they all sell very well.
  6. Grown Up Coloring Books- I love these ‘adult’ coloring books and I guess I’m not alone! If you do send one of these, don;t forget to include colored pencils or markers.
  7. Glow SticksAnything glow-in-the-dark is
  8. Jump Ropes and Skippers- Great way to burn off excess energy, improve coordination, and they are fun too!
  9. 6 Way Fake Mustaches- These have always been a top seller. Not sure why but it was my oldest son’s request that we carry these!6 way fake mustache gift mirth in a box
  10. Whoopee Cushions- Nothing like whoopee cushion to get the entire camp giggling.
  11. Jumping Spiders- These look pretty realistic from a distance and they really do TY-SPACESPIN_1jump! All sorts of rubber bugs and snakes are camp gold!
  12. Velcro Catch Game- Gotta love velcro! Makes playing catch so much easier!
  13. Embroidery Floss- For scratching your child’s creative itch! Some kids spend their summers making friendship bracelets out of this. I have yet to figure out how to make one.
  14. Space Spinners- These have been a hit since we started carrying them 2 years ago.
  15. Zombie Sleep Mask- A fun way to keep the early morning sun out of your camper’s eyes!

Let us know what your children like to see in their camp care packages!

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A Flock of Sheep Jokes

  • Where do sheep go to get haircuts? To the Baa Baa shop!sheep and sheep dog
  • What do you get when you cross a sheep and a porcupine?An animal that can sew its own sweaters!
  • What do you get if you cross an angry sheep and a moody cow? An animal that’s in a baaaaaaaad moooooood!
  • What did the boy sheep say to his girlfriend? I love ewe!
  • What do you call a rabbit with fleas? Bugs Bunny!
  • Why did the sheep bark? It was a sheep dog!
  • What do you call a sheep that is always quiet? A shhhheep!
  • What do you call a sheep covered in chocolate? A Candy Baa!

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Quotes for Father’s Day

Happy Fathers’ Day!father and son

  • A two year old is kind of like have a blender, but you don’t have a top for it. Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Having children is like living in a frat house-nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up. Ray Romano
  • Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. C. Everett Koop
  • When you have children yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents. Japanese Proverb
  • Our children are watching us live and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say. Wilfred Peterson
  • There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.’ Jim Gaffigan
  • When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. Mark Twain

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Camp Care Packages: What Would Marge Simpson Do?

Anyone out there NOT know who Marge Simpson is? Marge has been the mother of Bart,the simpsons

Lisa, and Maggie, as well as wife of Homer Simpson since 1989. Though she is pretty much a stereotypical TV mom, she distinguishes herself with a massive blue beehive.

What might Marge put in Bart and Lisa’s care packages?

  1. Any prank from SS Adams-snake in a mint can, squirting flower, bug in an ice cube, a joy buzzer, itching powder…(Bart)
  2. Fake vomit and fake dog poop (Bart)ss adams joy buzzer
  3. An electronic fart machine and a whoopee cushion (Bart)
  4. Sudoko, logic, and crossword puzzle books (Lisa)
  5. “Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong (Lisa)
  6. Embroidery Floss for friendship bracelets (Lisa)

What would you send for a kid like Bart? Any more ideas for Lisa?

Mirth in a Box sells fun and unusual camp care packages. We have plenty of clever premade care packages and you are welcome to create your own unique package for your very special kid! Check us out!

 

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Giddy Up! Horse Jokes!

Some carefully curated horse jokes:riding a horse

  • What did one horse say to the other? The pace looks familiar but I can’t remember the mane!
  • Why did the horse go behind the tree? To change his jockeys!
  • Why couldn’t the pony sing “Yankee Doodle”? She was a little horse!
  • What should you say to a sad horse? Why the long face?
  • What did the horse say when he tipped over? I’ve fallen and I can’t giddy up!
  • Why did the farmer ride his horse to town? The horse was too heavy to carry!
  • When does a horse speak up? Whinny wants to!

Have a little one going to horse camp this summer? Why not send a few of these jokes and, while you are at it, send one of Mirth in a Box’s super fun camp care packages?
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9 Great Quotes About Friends and Friendship

  • It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. best friendsRalph Waldo Emerson
  • Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. Oprah Winfrey


    
  • A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. Lois Wyse
  • When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. friends young girlsDonald Miller
  • Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.Tennessee Williams
  • Best Friends can turn a horrible day, into one of the best days of your life. Nathanael Richmond
  • A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. William Shakespeare
  • The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.Elisabeth Foley

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