All posts tagged Cynthia MacGregor

Writer, editor and speaker, Cynthia MacGrego was 2005 Punster of the Year. Her website is at

Today in History

This timely tale is by the irrepresible Cynthia MacGregor. I missed using it last time around, so I have been saving it for a year.

A very important event happened in history today on May the 4th.

I urge each of you to mark this date on your calendars with the letters “BU”. It’s very important that you include the letter “B” with the letter “U”; you may miss the importance of the event without it. So go now, and … Read the rest...

Art Groupies

This is by Cynthia MacGregor. It is from the PUNY listserv

Teenagers don’t change from one generation to the next. They are always undependable. They are always sex-crazed. And they are always smartalecks.

Take Louise, as a case in point. She lived some time back, but she was no different from a teen of 2004. As she was a teenager of times past, Louise wasn’t a rock music devotee–in fact, her passion was art. Her parents might have been pleased … Read the rest...

Starring Auntie Em as the Good Witch, Glinda

This was a recent pun cascade on the PUNY listserv.

It can be very difficult, when asked to write a story or a play, to not base any characters on people you already know. When you are a teenager, more often than not this means that your family members play some part in the part in your play, whether you intend them to or not.

This was just the case for Dorothy. Her drama class had written plays the year … Read the rest...

The Politician

This is by Cynthia MacGregor who sent it to the PUNY listserv.

We’ve had some unusual politicians in our nation’s history. People looked askance when Jesse Ventura was elected, but that’s only because no one remembers a certain elected official of years ago.

This office-holder favored a certain soft drink and drank it to the exclusion of all else…to the extent that he eventually became called after this beverage. That wasn’t his most unusual quirk, though! Although the official was … Read the rest...

The Race

This shaggy tale is by the irrepressible Cynthia MacGregor.

This is a new story about a terrapin and a bunny. Not the old familiar one, however. The turtle character in this case is a friendly fella named Tommy.

And the rabbit? Well, there are two, named Robbie and Ralphie. And the three of them, Tommy, Robbie, and Ralphie, are best friends.

One day a stranger came to town to observe the First Annual 5K race that was being held that … Read the rest...

The Concert

This was written by Cynthia MacGregor [] and published on PUNY.

It was to be the concert of the decade. Broadway’s greatest luminaries were going to spruce up the old theatre and make it usable again, then give a concert that night to celebrate the refurbishing.

The concert would feature music and lyrics from the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern, all of whom would first pitch in to spruce the place up. They painted, they … Read the rest...

A Shaggy Fish Story

By Cynthia MacGregor on PUNY.

A fisherman spent all day casting his line to no avail . . . as always. (No, you HAVEN’T heard this story before.) He was all prepared to give up and come in without a catch one more time . . . why should this day be any different . . . but gee, he wished just once he had something to take home and mount. He knew exactly how to prepare a fish for … Read the rest...


By Cynthia MacGregor [] via PUNY []

A friend of mine told me he recently went to Turkey, but I think that’s just a load of Istanbul. He’s a mathematician, and he was conferring with other scientists, trying to find something called a constant. He thought he might find the constant in Nople.

He met with a Turk who offered him the Turk key to a tricky equation. “Wait a minaret!” my friend said. “Look at how grimy you’ve gotten … Read the rest...

The Don

This is by Cynthia MacGregor, an inveterate punster. She should write more of these groaners.

The Mafia don did a good job of hiding his mob affiliation and giving the appearance of being an ordinary fellow. He had just one peculiarity: Since he couldn’t stand a cold nose, he wore a knitted nose-warmer in chilly weather.

When the FBI at last picked him up, he was amazed and asked, “How did you know?”

“We could tell.”


“Your cozy nostril.”… Read the rest...

An Ill-Wind — II

This is by Cynthia MacGregor and was posted on the puny listserv.

Once upun a time in a town far away, there was a prediction of heavy snow overnight, but all they got was a light dusting of the stuff. During the night, however, the mattress factory caught fire, and so on top of the rather minor quantity of snow that fell across town, there were also burnt bits of mattress that had escaped into the air and settled down … Read the rest...