More fun with Chinese homophones. Here's a Chinese joke involving homophone mix-ups and homophone names in Mandarin:
This morning it was extremely cold, and three sisters went to the ATM to get some money; just as they got there the money transport car arrived to put cash in the machine.
The three of them could only stand there braving the cold, and the eldest sister said to the other two:
"Are your hands freezing?"[冻手 (dòng shǒu) "hands freezing" sounds the same as 动手 – "to punch" or "to do it"]
The second sister, freezing cold, said, "My hands are freezing!"[again sounds the same as "punch him" or "do it!"]
So four guns were immediately pointed at the three sisters…
The three of them were arrested and sent to the police station, and on the way all the sisters were silent, until the third sister asked her older sister:
"Why have you still not said anything?"[开腔 (kāi qiāng) "say something" sounds the same as 开枪 – "open fire"]
So eight guns were immediately pointed at the three sisters…
When they got to the police station, an officer asked the older sister: "What's your name?"
Sister: "Jiang Yingyu."[sounds the same as 讲英语 (jiǎng yīng yǔ) – "speak English"]
The officer asked again: "What's your name?"
Sister: "Jiang Yingyu."
The officer yelled at the older sister: "What is your name?"
警察对大姐吼道：what is your name？
The officer turned to the middle sister and said: "What is your name?"
警察转头对二妹说：what is your name？
The middle sister replied shyly: "Jiang Guoyu."[sounds the same as 讲国语 (jiǎng guó yǔ) – "speak Mandarin"]
The office asked again: "What's your name?"
Middle sister: "Jiang Guoyu."
The officer yelled at the middle sister: "What's your name?"
Middle sister: (silent)
The officer asked the third sister: "What's your name?"
Third sister: Jiang Fangyan. [Sounds the same as 讲方言 (jiǎng fāng yán) – "speak in a dialect"]
The officer yelled at the third sister: "What's your name?"[in Shanghainese, although here it's barely different to Mandarin.]
Third sister: "Jiang Fangyan."
The officer spat blood and died.
This is all very silly and ridiculous, of course, but there are supposedly real stories about homophonic names causing troubles.