Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To get to the other side.
I've been hearing that for nigh onto seventy decades, and today I discovered I never got it!
I always thought it was one of those "duh" things. Like, "of course to get to the other side of the road, why does anyone cross the road, if you were expecting any different reason for crossing the road you were overthinking it, duh. Gotcha."
Note I always mentally added the "of the road". Which, you will note, is not in the original. Is never in the original. Which sort of indicates to me that everyone else in the world got it. Except me.
It never occurred to me that it was ... a pun? A double entendre?
It never occurred to me that a chicken who attempts to cross a road is suicidal, and that "other" and "side" can be capitalized.
I know I tend to be much too literal, but for almost seventy years of chickens?
Am I alone here? When did you "get it"?
[If you ever tell this joke to small children, for their sakes, please explain it to them. Don't let them live in ignorance.]