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Published: 2017-08-19T04:59:01-05:00

 



“What did the bunny say when he had only thistles to eat?"/"Thistle have to do!”

2017-08-19T04:59:01-05:00

An animal riddle (frequently told at Easter) is: Q: What did the bunny say when he had only thistles to east? A: “Thistle have to do!” The “thistle” pun has been cited in print since at least 1984. Google Books Mik Brown’s Joke Book By Mik Brown New York, NY: Warwick Press 1987, ©1984 Pg. ?: What did the hungry donkey say when it only had thistles to eat? “Thistle have to do.” 24 December 1997, The Sun (London, UK), “Your Xmas crackers,” pg. 6: What did the goat say when he only had thistles to eat? Thistle have to do! Google Books Giggles, Gags & Groaners By Joseph Rosenbloom New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. 2005 Pg. 26: What did the cow say when it had nothing to eat but a thistle? “Thistle have to do.” Google Books Penguin Pocket Jokes By David Pickering London, UK: Penguin Books 2006 Pg. ?: What did the hungry donkey say when it had only thistles to eat? ‘Thistle have to do.’ Google Books The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes Edited by Geoff Tibballs London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd 2011 Pg. 336: What did the rabbit say when he found he only had a thistle to eat? Thistle have to do. Twitter Lucky Score‏ @LuckyScoreNet What did the bunny say when he only had thistles to eat? Thistle have to do! #Joke from #RabbitJokes in #Jokes, #Humor and #Satire 7:56 PM - 6 Aug 2017



“What did the bunny say when he had only thistles to eat?"/"Thistle have to do!”

2017-08-19T04:59:00-05:00

Entry in progress—B.P. Lucky Score‏ @LuckyScoreNet What did the bunny say when he only had thistles to eat? Thistle have to do! #Joke from #RabbitJokes in #Jokes, #Humor and #Satire 7:56 PM - 6 Aug 2017



“Programming is like sex: one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life”

2017-08-19T04:57:01-05:00

Entry in progress—B.P. Twitter Tim Stewart‏ @Jimtac Programming is like sex, one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life. - Michael Sinz 5:19 AM - 4 Apr 2007 Twitter MageTitansUSA‏ @MageTitansUS Programming is like sex: One mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life. #NationalTellAJokeDay #joke 2:02 PM - 17 Aug 2017



“If you do pass the McKinley bill, we shall have to come over to your country and thrash you”

2017-08-19T04:57:00-05:00

Entry in progress—B.P. Library of Congress Blog National Tell-a-Joke Day: Listen to the Earliest Recording of One! August 16, 2017 by Wendi Maloney This is a guest post by American Folklife Center archivist Kelly Revak. An expanded version appeared in “Folklife Today,” the center’s blog. (...) An Englishman and an American were once discussing the McKinley Bill, and the Englishman said, ‘If you do pass that bill, we shall have to come over to your country and give you a thrashing!’ And the American said, “What, AGAIN?!” If you are like me, and not deeply steeped in economic policy debates of the late 1800s, then this joke might not be immediately funny. The late 1800s saw a fierce and protracted debate over tariff law that has never really been totally resolved. Republican protectionists favored heavy tariffs on imported goods to protect newly forming domestic industries, while Democrats were pushing to remove trade restrictions altogether. Drawing on heightened Anglophobia of the time, protectionists made anti-British themes a central part of their campaign. In 1890, Republican Rep. William McKinley of Ohio sponsored a tariff bill, dubbed the “McKinley Bill,” which explains the reference in the joke. It passed in October of that year, raising the average duty on imports to almost 50 percent.



“There are so many scams on the internet. But for $19.99 I can show you how to avoid them”

2017-08-19T04:57:00-05:00

Entry in progress—B.P. Twitter Bumbly1uk.com‏ @CliveDavies15 #NationalTellAJokeDay There are so many scams on the Internet these days....but for £19.99 I can show you how to avoid them. 3:37 AM - 18 Aug 2017



“There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator” (math joke)

2017-08-19T04:57:00-05:00

Entry in progress—B.P. Google Groups: Shade&Drama with Some Tennis Talk There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator Notorious Nice Guy Seb Woodracket 12/13/14 Only a fraction of you will get this 19 July 2016, News Mail Bundaberg (Bundaberg, Queensland), pg. 13: Only a fraction of people will get this, but there’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator. Twitter AllisonHaun‏ @Allison_Haun There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator. Only a fraction of people will find this funny. 🤓🤓 #NationalTellAJokeDay 3:22 AM - 18 Aug 2017



“Why did the cow cross the road?"/"To get to the udder side.”

2017-08-19T04:57:00-05:00

“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. A cow version is: Q: Why did the cow cross the road? A: To get to the udder side. The joke was printed in Newsday (Long Island, NY) in 1978. 13 August 1978, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kidsday, pg. L11, col. 3: Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side! -- Alisan Weiss, Hauppage 25 July 1992, Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette, “Children get lesson in magic” by Molly O’Reilly, pg. 2, col. 3: Dr. Eldoonie asked her, “Why did the cow cross the road?” His answer, “To get to the udder side.” Google Books Kids’ Funniest Jokes Edited by Sheila Anne Barry New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. 1993 Pg. 80: Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side. IRENE RIESEN, 10 Google Books The Usborne Book of Silly Jokes By Lenard Le Rolland and Laura Howell London, UK: Usborne 2003 Pg. 46: Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side. Twitter weenick‏ @weenick Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side...Not gonna tweet more like these ‘cos I’m a little chicken and think they’re cheep 2:05 PM - 17 Apr 2009 YouTube Jokes - Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side. jokesus Published on Oct 5, 2015 Joke : Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side. Me.Me WHY DID THE COW CROSS THE ROAD? TO GET TO THE UDDER SIDE @BLACK MINION MEME POKEMON BLACK CROSS MINION THE ROAD COW SOURCE WHY DID ROAD SIDE GET JOKE APPROVE UDDER COWS MINIONATOR MINIOR DOES NOT APPROVE NOT THE JOKE THE DIDLY COWE BLACKNESS UDDERLY NOT APPROVE DOES NOT FOUND ON 2017-04-23 18:15:38 BY ME.ME SOURCE: ITEMS Twitter Gramercy‏ @GramercyCarmel We are still celebrating #NationalTellaJokeDay! One of our winners submitted: Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the UDDER side 11:24 AM - 17 Aug 2017



“What famous Greek might have invented baseball?’/"Homer.”

2017-08-19T04:48:00-05:00

A baseball riddle is: Q: What famous Greek might have invented baseball? A: Homer. “That old Greek feller, Homer, the one who invented Baseball Batting averages, or something” was printed in 1925 newspapers. “What famous Greek may have invented baseball? Homer” was printed in Newsday (Long Island, NY) in 1990. Wikipedia: Homer Homer (Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the name ascribed by the ancient Greeks to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems which are the central works of ancient Greek literature. The Iliad is set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Greek states. It focuses on a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles lasting a few weeks during the last year of the war. The Odyssey focuses on the journey home of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, after the fall of Troy. 26 April 1925, Indianapolis (IN) News, “Where Shall I Keep Good Resolutions To Keep Them From Breaking” by Nina Wilcox Putnam, pg. 14, col. 1: AS WAS once said by that old Greek feller, Homer, the one who invented Baseball Batting averages, or something, “Never trust your New Year’s Resolutions any further than you can throw a piano.” 29 April 1990, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kisday, pg. ?: What famous Greek may have invented baseball? Homer. - Alison Morris, Plainview Twitter Alice Woodhurst‏ @ClassicDesigner what greek might have invented baseball???.........Homer!!!! lol! 9:18 PM - 24 Mar 2010 Twitter Denise Whelan‏ @landof6and7 What famous Greek might have invented baseball?  Homer. 5:59 AM - 6 Mar 2013 My Town Tutors World Series Jokes: World Series Baseball Jokes Posted on October 24, 2016 by Sarah Doyle (...) 17. What famous Greek might have invented baseball?… Homer. Twitter Auburn Doubledays‏ @Doubledays #NationalTellaJokeDay Abner: What famous Greek might have invented baseball? Adam: who? Abner: Homer! 9:42 AM - 17 Aug 2017



“I don’t see why there aren’t marches against fat shaming…” (joke)

2017-08-19T03:40:00-05:00

A joke about marches—and fat people—was posted on Reddit—Jokes on August 19, 2017: “I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming. Because marches would definitely solve the problem.” Reddit—Jokes I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming submitted August 19, 2017 by itzbrucebanner Because marches would definitely solve the problem. Twitter Brian Hayes‏ @BrianHa30710460 I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 9:47 PM - 18 Aug 2017 (Posted after the above.—ed.) Twitter Lizeth Walton‏ @lizeth_walton I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 9:57 PM - 18 Aug 2017 Twitter Tyrell Kline‏ @kline_tyrell I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 10:04 PM - 18 Aug 2017 Twitter Aileen David‏ @AileenD35801186 I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 10:25 PM - 18 Aug 2017



“I don’t see why there aren’t marches against fat shaming…” (joke)

2017-08-19T03:40:00-05:00

A joke about marches—and fat people—was posted on Reddit—Jokes on August 19, 2017: “I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming. Because marches would definitely solve the problem.” Reddit—Jokes I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming submitted August 19, 2017 by itzbrucebanner Because marches would definitely solve the problem. Twitter Brian Hayes‏ @BrianHa30710460 I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 9:47 PM - 18 Aug 2017 (Posted after the above.—ed.) Twitter Lizeth Walton‏ @lizeth_walton I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 9:57 PM - 18 Aug 2017 Twitter Tyrell Kline‏ @kline_tyrell I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 10:04 PM - 18 Aug 2017 Twitter Aileen David‏ @AileenD35801186 I don’t see why in this day and age there aren’t marches against fat shaming 10:25 PM - 18 Aug 2017