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Punny Parisian Art Thief Strikes Again!

My mother's side of the family carries the gene for enjoying corny puns. I can't tell you how many times I've moaned and groaned in response to truly ridiculous puns at family gatherings. The French love to make puns too. Cyrano de Begerac, Ridicule, and many other great works of fiction and film are based on infamous "jeux de mots" (word games). Here's a modern-day French-i-fied groaner for you:

Q: What is green and attends The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

A: Haricot Potter (un haricot vert = green bean)

I knew that I could speak French fluently when I became skilled at using puns in everyday conversation. So, when for the third time in as many weeks, I received this French-themed joke that’s been traveling around the internet, I just knew that I couldn't keep it to myself. Thus, I present you the corny tale of the punny Parisian art thief. The creator of this joke appears to be anonymous (must we wonder why?). May his pen receive "la peine de mort" (the death penalty).

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.
After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.
However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied,
"Monsieur the reason I stole the paintings, is that...
I had no Monet
 
to buy De-gas
 
to make the Van-Gogh"
 
I sent this to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse.
 
See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else!
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