Tern For The Verse: A Pun Game

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Dedication-#1: Annie Legend, whose surname, if pronounced "En francais" would rhyme with the word "entendre" when properly pronounced "En francais, aussi!". (aussi = another double entendre.)

Dedication-#2: Someone, known only to myself, who may celebrate their 30th birthday during the month of January, 2008. Your secret is safe with me.

The title sets the purpose, tenor and tone.


The photo is of the following type of tern:

The Little Tern (Sterna Albifrons)

The "Little Tern" is an endangered bird species. The small but very important colony of Little Terns which annually breeds at Nambucca Heads is in a particularly parlous condition. For these reasons the assistance of local residents and visitors is critical to the colony's recovery and ongoing viability.

A group of tiny sea birds flies from Eastern Asia to Nambucca Heads each summer in an exhausting journey of some 6,000 kms. The truly quite delightful Little Terns come to the large sand groin which comprises the southern headland at the entrance to Nambucca River. This is the area most local residents call South Beach.

The Little Terns begin arriving from October. They build their nests, hatch their young and stay on through into February before returning to their alternate habitat in Eastern Asia.

The size of the local colony has dramatically diminished during the last few seasons. Dogs, foxes, human intrusions and 4WD vehicles on the beach are the main reasons for this sad outcome.

The Little Terns, like many Australians, spend summer on the beach. This leads to them often getting a hard time from humans. Their nests are mere scrapes in the sand. Their eggs, usually laid in clutches of two or three, are rather well camouflaged and easily trodden upon by the unaware. Little Tern eggs are lightly speckled and only 30mm long. Once hatched the young are left alone during the day whilst the parents are out collecting food.

IMPORTANT APPEAL
A protective fence has been built around most of Nambucca Heads' Little Tern colony to aid their survival. Beach-goers are asked to keep well clear of the nesting area and obey all warning signs. The fenced area may not be entered and should not be even approached as some nests are actually outside the fenced area but in the nearby vicinity.

Drivers of 4WD and other beach vehicles are required to stay well clear of the nesting area.

HUGE FINES & PENALTIES
Fines and penalties up to $250,000 or two years gaol can be imposed on those found to take, harm or kill an endangered species in NSW. The Public are requested to urgently report any suspicious activity in or around the Nambucca Heads Little Tern colony. Kindly phone a Ranger on (02) 6651 9522.

PUBLICISE THIS ISSUE
It is extremely important for all residents to publicise this matter in order that these wonderful little creatures may be saved. Please help by bringing this information to the attention of your neighbours, friends and visitors.

A COMMUNITY SERVICE
This webpage was created by Nambucca Graphics on a completely gratis basis and is hosted by The Nambucca Web gateway site without charge.

Assistance with this article was kindly provided
by the National Parks and Wildlife Service
Coffs Harbour NSW Australia
Phone (02) 6651 9522

Submitted: January 14, 2008

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The Book of Terns by P. Delacorte and M. Witte (Penquin Paperback - Sep 28, 1978), a book of cartoons with captions which were puns.

The 1970's!  A decade for which, most of us, who lived through it, would like to forget.  For example: 1976, America's Bi-Centennial year was also when the 1st born, among the post-WW2 baby boom generation, would reach their 30th birthday.  Myself included.

In the Albany, N.Y. area, a group of enterprising individuals, born in 1946, had automobile bumper stickers printed which said, most boldly, "30 In 76". Was I ever mortified!

Many of these bumper stickers were purchased and placed on so many rear bumpers, trunk hoods or tail-gates, you could not escape seeing them.  Another major annoyance.  For me!  As I did not buy any as even owning 1 held no appeal for me.  In my life, turning 20 years of age, in 1966 (my last year serving on "active-duty" with the U.S. Navy), was traumatic enough.  Just another reminder of my mortality.  The number of which began to present themselves with ever greater frequency.  Interrupting ever shorter time intervals.  As total elapsed time continued to increase unimpeded.  So!  Now you see!  These puns will be hurting me most of all.

 

NOTICE:

This posting is intended to give all, on Booksie, the opportunity to offer, by using the "Comments" option, their own double/triple/quadruple/etc.-entendre puns.  With the intent to amuse only and never to denigrate others.  Sexually explicit "entendre" comments/entries will be deleted as this posting is to be "family friendly" and suitable for "pre-adolescent" children only.  A few may not be deleted as long as, If I am convinced, pre-adolescent children will not "get the message" intended for an adult.  My main point:  Pre-edit your own ideas before posting them.

Now!

Please post, using the "comments" option, your own puns or "play-on-words" entries.  If more than just one, list and number them, on the same submitted comment.Post as many comments as you like.  Each with as many "puns" as you like.  I will not respond to them all.  Will not respond to those which may be deleted.

Please be mindful:  This posting in intended for parents to read to their pre-school children or for their pre-teen children to read.  To provide all with a most enjoyable, innocent, entertaining and, perhaps, educational family bonding experience and opportunity.  An exposure and exercise in word-play.

Thank you for your interest and cooperation.  Many readers may wish to check-up on this posting, at regular intervals, to see what new comments may appear.  As for myself:  This posting will be checked, twice daily, to ensure the content of newly posted comments are suitable for pre-teen children.  If I should miss "catching one", parents are invited to leave a comment citing any comment "pun content" they may find objectionable.  This will inform, most strongly, my thinking and decision to delete such a comment. 

Post away!Have pun with it!

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.


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