Cracked Fables

Cracked.com has finally decided to take a stab at Aesop’s fables (and a few wrongly attributed to Aesop, i.e. “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” and “Henny Penny“), and the result is pretty amusing.  Their “non-bullshit fables” summarize what they believe would happen if any of these fantastical events happened in real life.  Some of the jokes are based on common sense responses to fairy tale problems, while others make blatant pop culture references.  They even throw in some more “realistic” morals for good measure.

This is just another great example of a joke based on our cultural knowledge of fairy tales.  Everyone who reads the above comic strip will understand the stories these are based on and get a laugh.

My personal favorite of these Cracked fables is the retelling of “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”  That ant always did seem like a jerk, to me!  Of course, their version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is pretty great, too.  Why did the townspeople let that irresponsible boy guard their sheep at night, anyway?

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