Residence: Orange, California
Date of Performance/Collection: Mar 2007
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Vietnamese
Q: Why did the girl mushroom like the boy mushroom?
A: Because he was a Fun-Guy (Fungi).
The informant first heard this joke when she was a Freshman in high school during one of her intense study sessions for Biology class. She first heard it from her teacher, who was a laid back, down-to-earth, person with a great sense of humor. It was during an after school session, when the students were all preparing for the lab practicum at the end of the year that would have a large impact on their grade when the teacher suddenly rose and said to the students, “Hey guys, lighten up. Let me tell you a joke. Why did the girl mushroom like the boy mushroom? Because he was a Fun-Guy.” What made the joke more funny was the fact that the teacher was red in the face when she was telling it. Though it is an intellectual joke only understood by those who have the elementary understanding that mushrooms are a type of fungi, she remembered it well because she thought it was a cute joke. She retold it because she liked to use jokes to “break the ice” or make people laugh.