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  1. The joke is he’s in a goldfish bowl.

    For F- that’s all the joke needs to be.

    (It’d be funnier if the aquarium decorators where life size.)

  2. There is a miniature world at the bottom of the sea. The poor sailor or pirate was shipwrecked and has died next to his treasure chest. (Of course someone who lives with a village of small bears in their house would think of this.)

  3. You’d think that those tiny skeletons, treasure chests, and sunken ships only existed in fishbowls. But here we see that they exist on the ocean floor as well!

    (Perspective might lead you to believe that they’re just far away, and the diver hasn’t seen them yet, but I don’t think that’s the joke.)

  4. For some reason recalling one of the Douglas Adams books, where a man decides he’s the only sane human being on earth and everybody else should be locked up. He achieves this by building a small house inside-out.

  5. There’s a line in the beginning of Ursula LeGuin’s “The Possessed” that is similar to Wonko the Sane but poetic and thoughtful and not musing. Let’s see if I can find it.

    There was a wall. It did not look important. It was built of uncut rocks roughly mortared. An adult could look right over it, and even a child could climb it. Where it crossed the roadway, instead of having a gate it degenerated into mere geometry, a line, an idea of boundary. But the idea was real. It was important. For seven generations there had been nothing in the world more important than that wall.

    Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on.

    Looked at from one side, the wall enclosed a barren sixty-acre field called the Port of Anarres. On the field there were a couple of large gantry cranes, a rocket pad, three warehouses, a truck garage, and a dormitory. The dormitory looked durable, grimy, and mournful; it had no gardens, no children; plainly nobody lived there or was even meant to stay there long. It was in fact a quarantine. The wall shut in not only the landing field but also the ships that came down out of space, and the men that came on the ships, and the worlds they came from, and the rest of the universe. It enclosed the universe, leaving Anarres outside, free.

    Looked at from the other side, the wall enclosed Anarres: the whole planet was inside it, a great prison camp, cut off from other worlds and other men, in quarantine.

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