The first time I saw this t-shirt, I knew I had to have it! I thought it was hilarious! I sent this picture to my son and he thought it was funny too, and he also thought it was a good example of a “dad joke”.
I suppose he has a point. I guess you have to be of a certain age to really really appreciate it. But I have to say that I think I raised him well in the ways of classic rock.
And that’s the thing. It’s not really about age. What you really have to be is of a certain musical sensibility. I showed the shirt to a friend of mine who’s only a few years older than me, but she never followed classic rock, even when it was new rock. So she didn’t get it at all! Her reaction? “It’s bad grammar.” What?! Of course it’s bad grammar, but I never really thought about that! I mean, it actually doesn’t make much sense at all as a sentence. And surprise, it’s not really a quote from Galileo.
So what I realized is that the shirt is only funny to people who know Bohemian Rhapsody as well as they know “Happy Birthday” or “My Country, Tis of Thee”. Even better if you’ve known it since 1975 when you could hear it once an hour on the radio, and didn’t mind that! It’s funny if, when you hear the sentence, the only possible word that can come next is Galileo.
Anyway, sorry, now I’m ruining it by explaining it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Dad joke indeed.