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Joke

THIS STORY IS TOLD WITH THE INTENTION OF MAKING SOMEONE FEEL FOOLISH
OR UNCOMFORTABLE. THE STORY GOES: A MAN AND HIS DOG WALK INTO THIS
RESTAURANT AND SIT DOWN AT A TABLE. A WAITRESS WALKS UP AND ASKS
"WHAT'LL YOU HAVE?" AND THE MAN SAYS "I'LL HAVE A STEAK, WELL DONE,
SOME MASHED POTATOES, AND A SALAD. AND BRING ME A PIECE OF APPLE PIE
FOR MY DOG." THE WAITRESS REPLIES, "I'M SORRY SIR, WE DON'T HAVE ANY
APPLE PIE, WILL PEACH PIE DO?"
AT THIS POINT SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO ARE "IN" ON WHAT IS HAPPENING LAUGH
HYSTERICALLY. OF COURSE, THE OUTSIDER DOESN'T, AND PREFERABLY SOME
OF THE CONSPIRATORS DON'T EITHER. THE NARRATOR EXPRESSES DISBELIEF
THAT THE POINT OF THE STORY WAS MISSED, AND ASKS THAT SOMEONE ELSE
TELL IT("MAYBE I DIDN'T TELL IT WELL."). THE CONSPIRATORS TAKE TURNS
TELLING THE STORY AND EACH TIME ANOTHER PERSON JOINS IN THE LAUGHTER
("I GET IT NOW}"). FINALLY ONLY THE OUTSIDER IS LEFT CONFUSED OVER
THE MEANING OF THE STORY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSURD ; DOG ; JOKE ; Pie ; Pointless ; POTATO ; RIDDLE ; Waitress

James Callow Keyword(s): BRUNVAND ; SHAGGY DOG STORY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: CA00001970

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DRUNK JOKE

THE ONE DRUNK SAYS TO THE OTHER DRUNK, "WE MUST BE
GETTING NEAR A TOWN." THE OTHER DRUNK SAYS, "HOW CAN
YOU TELL?" THE FIRST DRUNK SAYS, "BECAUSE WE'RE
HITTING A LOT OF PEDESTRIANS."

Data entry tech comment: ITEM PUNCHED AS IT APPEARED ON CARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSURD ; ACCIDENT ; AUTOMOBILE ; DIOLOGUE ; DRINKING ; DRUNKS ; HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 09-16-1969

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NO TITLE SUPPLIED

DAD: I SURE WISH YOU'D STOP REACHING FOR
THINGS. DON'T YOU HAVE A TONGUE.
SON: YES, BUT MY ARM IS LONGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): ABSURD ; CHILDREN ; DIOLOGUE ; EATING ; HUMOR ; PARENTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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MOMMY, MOMMY

MOMMY, MOMMY, WHY CAN'T I WEAR DRESSES LIKE OTHER CHILDREN?
SHUT UP, RALPH

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND OF MINE, AND HE REMEMBERS
THIS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSURD ; CHILDREN ; DIOLOGUE ; DRESS ; HOMOSEXUALITY ; HUMOR ; MOTHER ; TRANSVESTISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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"MOMMY, MOMMY" JOKE

"MOMMY, MOMMY" HOW COME I KEEP RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES?"
"SHUT UP OR, I'LL NAIL YOUR OTHER FOOT TO THE FLOOR"

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT MOMMY, MOMMY JOKES WERE POPULAR IN HIS
CLASS AT SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment: CHAPTER 6 IN "WITCRACKS" BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): ABSURD ; CHILD ; DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; RUNNING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLISH MAN WHO GOT A JOB PAINTING
WHITE LINES DOWN THE MIDDLE OF A ROAD? THE FIRST DAY
ON THE JOB HE PAINTED A MILE AND THE FOREMAN THOUGHT HE
WAS DOING A REAL GREAT JOB. ON THE SECOND DAY HE PAINTED
A HALF MILE. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ONLY PAINTED A QUARTER
MILE. THE FOREMAN DECIDED THEY WOULD HAVE TO LET THE POLISH MAN GO, BECAUSE HE WAS NOT PAINTED FAR ENOUGH.
WHEN THE POLISH MAN REALIZED HE WAS GOING TO LOSE HIS
JOB HE SAID, "OF COURSE I'M PAINTING LESS EACH DAY, LOOK
HOW FAR I HAVE TO WALK TO THE BUCKET!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSURD MISUNDERSTANDING OF WORK PROCESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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HOW DOES A POLLOCK GET KILLED RAKING LEAVES? HE FALLS
OUT OF THE TREE.

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSURD MISUNDERSTANDING OF WORK PROCESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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TRUE STORY

AT ONE TIME, MARIA WAS TEACHING A RELIGION CLASS
OF LITTLE CHILDREN AND SHE ASKED A LITTLE BOY,
"WHAT'S ANOTHER NAME FOR GOD?" AND THE LITTLE
CHILD REPLIED "HAROLD." MARIA EXCLAIMED, "HAROLD?
WHERE DID YOU HEAR THAT?" THE LITTLE CHILD REPLIED
"IN THE LORD'S PRAYER, BECAUSE WE SAY 'OUR FATHER
WHO ARE IN HEAVEN, HAROLD BE THY NAME."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSURD MISUNDERSTANDING ON PART OF A CHILD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE STORY

AT ONE TIME, MARIA WAS TEACHING A RELIGION CLASS
OF LITTLE CHILDREN AND SHE ASKED A LITTLE BOY,
"WHAT'S ANOTHER NAME FOR GOD?" AND THE LITTLE
CHILD REPLIED "HAROLD." MARIA EXCLAIMED, "HAROLD?
WHERE DID YOU HEAR THAT?" THE LITTLE CHILD REPLIED
"IN THE LORD'S PRAYER, BECAUSE WE SAY 'OUR FATHER
WHO ARE IN HEAVEN, HAROLD BE THY NAME."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSURD MISUNDERSTANDING ON PART OF A CHILD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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