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Published: 2017-06-28T04:58:00-05:00

 



“The shortest distance between two points is under construction”

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Entry in progress—B.P. 6 March 1967, Austin (TX) Statesman, “Wray Weddell’s Austin,” pg. 1, col. 1: From the Texas Tourist Council Newsletter: (...) “How come the shortest distance between two points is always under construction.” 27 April 1969, Boston (MA) Globe, “My Favorite Jokes” by Michael Allen, Parade magazine, pg. 31, col. 1: Most of the time the shortest distance between two points is under construction. Twitter Maarten Cannaerts‏ @maartenc “The shortest distance between two points is under construction.” Noelie Altile… 8:29 AM - 4 Jun 2007 Jokes Explained The shortest distance between two points January 11, 2017 The shortest distance between two points is under construction (...) The humor in this joke lies in the fact that the original phrase has been modified to become a pessimistic statement about travel. The assumption that you will always travel slower to any given place than you could go is humorous.



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“Two silkworms were in a race. They ended up in a tie”

2017-06-27T04:59:00-05:00

A popular “tie” pun is: “Two silkworms were in a race. They ended up in a tie.” The silkworm joke has been cited in print since at least 1975. Google Books Computers and Programming: A Neoclassical Approach By Peter Olivieri and Michael W Rubin New York, NY: McGraw-Hill 1975 Pg. 253: “I’m sorry I’m late, class,” he began, “but on the way over here from the parking lot I stopped to watch two silkworms having a race. They ended up in a tie!” 15 March 1976, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Yes, Clock Cheated Wolverine Cagers” by Joe Falls, pg. 1-D, col. 1: The Almighty Swami: “Did you hear about the two silkworms who chased after a lovely girl silkworm and wound up in a tie?” Google Books PUNishment: The art of punning or how to lose friends and agonize people BY Harvey C Gordon and Rand Kington Glenview, IL: Punster’s Press 1977 Pg. 17: Two silkworms were once having a race. However, they ended up in a tie. 8 October 1978, Boston (MA) Globe, “My Favorite Jokes” by Harvey C. Gordon, Parade magazine, pg. 30, col. 4: Two silkworms were once having a race. However, they ended up in a tie. Twitter Studiolit‏ @Studiolit Two silkworms were in a race. They ended up in a tie. 1:12 PM - 18 Jul 2008 Twitter Michael Klobe‏ @klobetime Two silkworms were racing; they ended up in a tie. 9:11 AM - 9 Oct 2008 Google Books 5,000 Great One Liners Compiled by Grant Tucker London, UK: Biteback Publishing Ltd 2012 Pg. ?: Two silkworms had a race–it ended in a tie. Reddit—Jokes Two silk worms were in a race… submitted April 12, 2013 by [deleted] It ended in a tie. Tearable Puns Jun 23, 2014 Two silkworms had a race. Two silkworms had a race. They ended up in a tie. Reddit—Jokes Have you heard of the two silkworms that were in a race? submitted June 27, 2017 by pizzafoIder They ended up in a tie.