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Thu Jun 21, 2012, 11:28 PM

Now I understand the joke - after 40 years LOL!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:01 AM

1. I always interpreted it more as a 'Huis Clos'/Godot question.

Your scenario presumes that there are also fast-moving vehicles of some sort (automobiles, or horse-pulled chariots) careening down said road, but I wonder if the joke itself pre-dates even the invention of horse power as a means of transportation. Although it should be noted that the mere mention of a "road" implies that a certain space has been designated as a passageway for traveling freely, and that by physically crossing said road at an inopportune time, one may suffer consequences that may be in fact perilous, but not entirely unexpected. I think you're right.

Good one.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:11 AM

2. How do you get down off an elephant?

You don't - you got down off a duck.


My grandpa used to tell me that joke over and over and would laugh over and over from the earliest times I can remember until he died when I was 7.


I was in my late teens before I realized they meant "down".


I just thought it was funny imagining my grandpa had been riding a duck and had to get down off it.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 06:38 AM

9. Why did the elephant cross the road?

Because he was stapled to the chicken.

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Response to baldguy (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 02:38 PM

12. Why did the pervert cross the road?

He had a chicken on his dick.


(Cracks me up every time.)

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 02:57 PM

13. Ha! I had the same experience with that joke.

I understood in my 5 year old brain that it would be easier to dismount a goose than a big tall elephant. When I tried repeating the joke to my family, I invariably asked it "How do you get off an elephant?"

Of course nowadays, that mistranslation leads to an entirely different joke--one I won't elaborate on here--but needless to say, this too would be easier if it involved a goose instead.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:22 AM

3. Why do firemen wear red suspenders?

To keep their pants up.

The fact that there is no joke is the joke, right?

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 01:19 AM

4. Why did the mountain climber climb the mountain?

Because it's there.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 01:46 AM

5. What did Tarzan say when he saw four elephants coming over the hill?

"Here come four elephants over hill."

What did Tarzan say when he saw four elephants with sunglasses on coming over the hill?

Nothing. He didn't recognize them.

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Response to Bolo Boffin (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 02:18 AM

6. That sounds like one of those "Jokes by Cracky"

that were featured in Golden Magazine back in the '60s and early '70s, when elephant jokes were all the rage

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 05:55 AM

7. I got them from a Scholastic book of elephant jokes, probably late 70's

Who knows where they got them from? But they were all kinda like that.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 06:06 AM

8. Why did the turkey cross the road?

To prove he wasn't chicken

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 08:45 AM

10. Why did that very same chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 09:57 AM

11. Why did the dead baby cross the road?

 

A: It was stapled to a chicken.

- from an old book of "dead baby" jokes.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 04:54 PM

14. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?

Unique Up On It.

How Do You Catch A Tame Rabbit?


Tame Way, Unique Up On It.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 05:30 PM

15. Why did the chicken cross the möbius strip?

To get to the same side.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 05:32 PM

16. I heard a Canadian folk singer tell this as a shaggy dog story

...about the travails of being on tour, the punch line being almost hitting a chicken trying to cross the Spadina freeway in downtown Toronto.

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