NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captured its first direct images of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet appears to have 12 times the mass of Jupiter, but you know the expression, the space camera adds 10 masses of Jupiter.
How I wrote it:
This news item got my attention because the topic handles “space” and “captured images” seemed to have enough associations to use in my Punch Line Maker #1: Link two associations of the topic.
But I had written a joke or two about the Webb telescope before and wanted a new approach to the topic.
So I read deeper into the news article and noticed the detail about the planet appearing to have 12 times the mass of Jupiter. Some saying about camera images and weight popped into my head. So I looked up the exact wording: “The camera adds ten pounds.” That’s how I arrived at the basis for my punch line.
To flesh out the joke, I added to it the necessary detail “The planet appears to have 12 times the mass of Jupiter.” I could have taken out some other, less-important details, to arrive at shorter wording like “NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captured images of a planet that appears to have 12 times the mass of Jupiter.” But I decided that the longer version would work better because its air of importance would make the silly punch line more surprising and, therefore, funnier.
In finalizing the wording, I used my Joke Maximizer #4: Make everything clear; I wanted to be sure the audience made the connection to the expression “The camera adds ten pounds.” So I kept the structure of that expression, only changing a few words to blend it with some space-related details in the topic.