In medieval times there was a court jester whose wont was always to come up with the most atrocious puns.
This continued for months on end, whereupon the king lost his patience and sentenced the jester to be hanged.
The poor wretch was standing on the gallows with a rope around his neck when a messenger came riding posthaste from the castle, exclaiming, “Wait! The king has decided to spare the jester’s life, on condition that he never again tell another pun in public.”
At this, the jester smiled and beamed, then said, “No noose is good news!”