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Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 3:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I heard this funny story in a pub recently so please don't spoyle if you know it

Why does a man refer to the brake as Mr. Brake
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Does he refer to the gas as Mrs. Gas?

Man: HAM? Is the brake: for his car? Truck? Bicycle? Motorcycle? Other vehicle? Is he the only one to refer to it as Mr. Brake? Is a mechanic involved? Repairs? By his same "reasoning," could he refer to it as Mrs. Brake?
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Is he making a Spaceballs reference? (Mr. Coffee, Mr. Radar)
Could the puzzle statement be "Why does a man refer to the brake as Mister Brake"? Or is the abbreviation important?
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Does he refer to the gas as Mrs. Gas? No

Man: HAM? Yes Is the brake: for his car? Yes Truck? Bicycle? Motorcycle? Other vehicle? Is he the only one to refer to it as Mr. Brake? Yes and he only did it once Is a mechanic involved? Repairs? No to these By his same "reasoning," could he refer to it as Mrs. Brake? No
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Is he making a Spaceballs reference? (Mr. Coffee, Mr. Radar) LOL , unfortunately no.
Could the puzzle statement be "Why does a man refer to the brake as Mister Brake"? yes this would work Or is the abbreviation important? No
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Can you answer mine? Did he do it as a joke? Was something wrong with the brakes at the moment?Were they bubbling and churning? Was there an accident? Was he drunk? Or otherwise mentally impaired?
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I see you answered mine(:
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Drat, I was hoping the Spaceballs one was right.

Did he call it that in the presence of someone else? In conversation? In a pub? In the car?
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I see you answered mine(:
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That dreaded double post again...
Was he speaking to a child? Relevant who he was speaking to? Was he making up a story? Was he angry? was he making the joke that objects hate being antromorphized?
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Wow - the double-post got split in two. I've never seen that before.

Would it have been possible to refer to the brake in this way again? Under the same circumstances, would he call it "Mr. Brake" again? Would it be likely that the same circumstances came up?
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Was he drunk? Did the word "mister" come before "brake" coincidentally? (e. g. "You know, mister, brake if you come to a stop sign.") Is his age relevant? Occupation? Where he was? Is he saying this in English? Does "mister" mean the title, or something that sprays mist?
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Is the phrase 'missed a break' (or 'missed the break') relevant?

Does he misunderstand something he has been told?

Would the puzzle work with Mr Clutch?
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Can you answer mine? yes I can Did he do it as a joke? Noish Was something wrong with the brakes at the moment? No Were they bubbling and churning? Was there an accident? Was he drunk? Or otherwise mentally impaired? No to rest

I see you answered mine(: I'm an equal opportunities puzzle setter ;)
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Drat, I was hoping the Spaceballs one was right.I have a sudden desperate craving to watch that movie. Large Helmet LOL

Did he call it that in the presence of someone else? Yes In conversation? Yes In a pub? In the car? This one
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Galfisk

Was he speaking to a child? No Relevant who he was speaking to? Yes Was he making up a story? No Was he angry? Not really was he making the joke that objects hate being antromorphized? No

Balin

Would it have been possible to refer to the brake in this way again? Possible but unlikely Under the same circumstances, would he call it "Mr. Brake" again? Yes I guess he would Would it be likely that the same circumstances came up? Possible but not that likely
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Was he drunk? No Did the word "mister" come before "brake" coincidentally? (e. g. "You know, mister, brake if you come to a stop sign.")No but nice thinking Is his age relevant? Only that he can legally drive a car Occupation? No Where he was? Not really Is he saying this in English? Yes Does "mister" mean the title, or something that sprays mist? Hmm not something that sprays mist but you're OTRT

Woodworm

Is the phrase 'missed a break' (or 'missed the break') relevant? No

Does he misunderstand something he has been told? Very much so

Would the puzzle work with Mr Clutch? No
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So "mister" is referring to something other than the form of address? A woman's husband?

Would the puzzle work with Mr. Emergency Brake? Mr. Parking Brake?
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Did someone tell him about the brake? Did he think the brake was a person?
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Does he think the brake is really called "Mr. Brake"? Did he mishear another word as "mister"?
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So "mister" is referring to something other than the form of address? Not when he say's it but remember he is in coversation A woman's husband? No

Did someone tell him about the brake? Did he think the brake was a person? No to both
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Does he think the brake is really called "Mr. Brake"? No Did he mishear another word as "mister"? technically I could answer no but that would be unfair and misleading so I'll say if you change one little thing in that question you'll receive a resounding YES

You're actually amazingly close to solving this now
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Did he actually say something else? But the other person misheard what he said, and thought he said "Mr. Brake"?
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Did he mishear two or more words as "mister"?

"I missed the brake"? And he thought he said "Mr. Brake"? So he called the guy's brake "Mr. Brake?"
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Did he actually say something else? No he said Mr Brake But the other person misheard what he said, and thought he said "Mr. Brake"? So No
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Did he mishear two or more words as "mister"? two words

"I missed the brake"? And he thought he said "Mr. Brake"? So he called the guy's brake "Mr. Brake?" No, but nice lateral leap there
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Missed a? Missed her? Miss the?
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Missed a? Missed her? Miss the? No to all
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Is one of the words "miss"? A variant of "miss"?
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Mist or? Missed or? Myst or?

First word:

miss? mist? Myst? missed?

Second word:

er? or? her? the? a?

Does "brake" immediately follow?

Which parts of the rest of my guess are correct?
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Balin

Is one of the words "miss"? A variant of "miss"? No

Whirligig

Mist or? This, well done Missed or? Myst or?

First word:

miss? mist? Myst? missed?

Second word:

er? or? her? the? a?

Does "brake" immediately follow? No be careful there are two people talking and you need to find out who the other person is.

Which parts of the rest of my guess are correct? See above
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Was he talking to another man? A woman? A relative? A friend? His wife? Relevant the location where they are conversing?
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Was he talking to another man? we'll say this A woman? \b[But it could have been this also} A relative? A friend? His wife? No to rest Relevant the location where they are conversing? Yes but a general location not a specific place
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You say he's in conversation in the car?
Is he driving?
Is the other person a driving instructor?
Another hired professional of some kind?

So other guy, in conversation, says "Mist or X"?
Perhaps "Mist or rain"?
"Mist or fog"?
Which our man hears as "Mister X"?
To which then he replies something involving "Mister Brake"?
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You say he's in conversation in the car? Sort of , he's in the car at any rate
Is he driving? At the time of the conversation no
Is the other person a driving instructor? No
Another hired professional of some kind? If you mean hired by the driver no

So other guy, in conversation, says "Mist or X"? yes
Perhaps "Mist or rain"?
"Mist or fog"? Exactly so well done. Should be a cinch now
Which our man hears as "Mister X"? No he hears it as Mister Fog
To which then he replies something involving "Mister Brake"? exactly

Excellent progress from ISH
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You say he's in conversation in the car? Sort of , he's in the car at any rate
Is he driving? At the time of the conversation no
Is the other person a driving instructor? No
Another hired professional of some kind? If you mean hired by the driver no

So other guy, in conversation, says "Mist or X"? yes
Perhaps "Mist or rain"?
"Mist or fog"? Exactly so well done. Should be a cinch now
Which our man hears as "Mister X"? No he hears it as Mister Fog
To which then he replies something involving "Mister Brake"? exactly

Excellent progress from ISH
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Does he think the person is making a joke by personifying the fog? And attempts to continue the joke by personifying the brake?
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Does he think the person is making a joke by personifying the fog? Yes this is very much along the right lines. Joke may not be exactly right but lets say he thought he was being patronised And attempts to continue the joke by personifying the brake? Yes the key being he responds in kind

Getting there now
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Is the "mist or fog" asked as a question? Mentioned in a weather report? Was the first statement something like "Mist or fog may be a problem on your drive today"? And the man responded with something about Mister Brake?
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"Be careful when driving through mist or fog"
"Sure, I'll hit Mr. Brake"
Something like that? Is he in driving school?
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Balin

Is the "mist or fog" asked as a question? Yes Mentioned in a weather report? No Was the first statement something like "Mist or fog may be a problem on your drive today"? Not exactly And the man responded with something about Mister Brake? Yes

Be careful when driving through mist or fog"
"Sure, I'll hit Mr. Brake" Something like that? Not exactly but close enough Is he in driving school? No but the conversation could have taken place in a driving school . Apart from a few details you pretty much have this so I'll go ahead with the

******************Spoiler***************

I heard this recently told as a joke so I'll write it here as you would say it in company

A man is speeding along a deserted motorway in the middle of the night when he gets pulled over by a cop.

"You were going far too fast" says the cop
"Come on officer look around you the road is deserted so I'm not endangering anybody" the driver says.
"That's not the point" says the cop in a condescending tone "what if you suddenly drove into mister fog"
Our man (thinking he's being patronised and answering in an similar patronising tone) "Well then I'd just hit Mister Brake"
Cop writes out a speeding ticket and as he hands it to the man says.
"That's MIST OR FOG smartass"

Thanks for playing
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Haha, that's hilarious. Good Mister Puzzle.
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Thank you Mist Or It So Happened.

It really helps in telling this joke when you're doing the cop's line that you be as condescending and patronising as is humanly possible. Imagine that you are talking to a small child.

I must admit a mate of mine told me this and I absolutely cracked up. I didn't see the punchline coming at all.

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