It’s one of my few memorable jokes, or as my wife puts it, one of my three jokes. Organized jokes aren’t my forte. There’s the one about the skeleton at the bar and the human cannonball and things get thin after that. I’m more of a “make up your joke to fit the situation” and “bad pun” type of guy. But, seeing this over-eager Ring-billed Gull holding a thin-sliced bagel the other day prompted one of my organized jokes to bubble to the surface (and one I’m sure I’ve told in the blog previously, but don’t stop me if you heard this one before).
You see, it’s long been a bugaboo of mine when folks call all gulls “seagulls”. There is no such thing as a “Seagull” unless you consider Jonathon Livingston a real bird. Nope, there are Herring Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Bonaparte’s Gulls and even Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gulls but no actual Seagulls. Some of them indeed live by the Sea and could be called sea gulls, but if one continues with that stream of logic then then a gull flying over a bay should be called a bagel (rim shot).
Thus, a gull with a bagel was too much to resist.