Q: Why is an idea like the Pacific?
A: It's just a notion. (It's just an ocean.)
This joke plays on the rhyming sound of the words notion which is another term to refer to an idea and "ocean" which pertains to Pacific - the largest and deepest of the world ocean basins.
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