I'm watching this clip Friends: Someone Ate Ross' Sandwich (Season 5 Clip) | TBS. At 0:53, Ross hands over a food note to Chandler and Chandler starts to read it (transcript quoted from here):

Ross: ... I still can't believe someone ate it!! I mean, look, I left a note and everything.

(Shows the note to Chandler who reads it aloud.)

Chandler: (reading) Knock-knock. Who's there? Ross Geller's lunch. Ross Geller's lunch, who? Ross Geller's lunch, please don't take me. Okay?

Joey: I'm surprised you didn't go home wearing your lunch.

After Joey says "I'm surprised you didn't go home wearing your lunch", the entire audience laughs. But I don't understand why Joey's line is funny. Could anyone help me?

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If someone is 'wearing a meal', it usually means they have food on their clothes, perhaps because they are a messy eater (e.g. a small child), or have had an spillage accident while eating, and some of their food is on their clothes (thus they are 'wearing' it).

Sometimes their meal has been deposited on them, or thrown at them, by an angry person, for example a dinner companion or person they are on a date with. In this case it is suggested that a colleague or room-mate might have been annoyed at the stupid note. Such messages are a frequent cause of annoyance or amusement, and can lead to retaliation.

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    In this context, there’s no question: it was the latter meaning. At that point in the series. Ross had increasingly been a bit of a pain in the ass about things. Joey was almost saying that had he been one of Ross’s work colleagues, he himself would have emptied the food on him. 😀
    – tkp
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 23:48
  • I had a colleague who told me that when he went to the shared office refrigerator, he always went for the milk that had e.g. "Joe's milk, don't touch" on the grounds that dickheads need to suffer. Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 23:51
  • I am sorry to say I followed his example. Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 23:51
  • Little bit of green food coloring is what Joe needed there.
    – tkp
    Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 3:14
  • @tkp - then the building services team would throw it out for being spoiled. Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 21:08

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