There is a line in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) when the police are making fun of him:

Uh-oh. I think I heard a toilet flush. Maybe somebody lost a turtle

What does that mean? Is that a joke? Why is it funny? Googling it only gives quotes from Ace Ventura as a result. Is it a reference to something else?

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The joke is that they're suggesting someone has just flushed a turtle down a toilet, and that Ace should go and look for it (which, given that toilets are involved, would likely be quite messy). So, they're continuing to insult Ace by suggesting a demeaning assignment for him.

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    There's an added … ermm… depth to that. Google 'slang turtle's head' & ignore whoever thought it was as late as Austin Powers who thought it up. I's been slang in the UK since at least the 70's.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 21, 2020 at 18:46
  • Someone already mentioned that but their comment got deleted for some reason.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented May 21, 2020 at 19:17

The old saying, "I've got a turtle looking for water", which means I've got to go poop; the visual of the poop looking like a turtle's head is supposed to elicit laughter. When you "flush a turtle", it means you've done your business and flushed. There are lots of off-color references like this, including "Taking the Browns to the Super Bowl". A few others that may be considered racist so I'll leave them out of here.

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