Second prize: TWO WEEKS in Swaziland
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Bapopik at AOL.COM
Wed Aug 25 03:04:03 UTC 1999
I'll be going to Switzerland for two weeks, but the classic joke
doesn't apply. "You know what the casino prizes here are?" I recently said
in Swaziland. "First prize is one free week in Swaziland. Second prize is
TWO FREE WEEKS in Swaziland."
SECOND PRIZE, TWO MONTHS IN LENINGRAD (1984) was a play by Trish
Johnson. Did the joke originate in Russia? Was comedian Jackov Smirnov the
first to tell it?
A usenet check shows that the joke has made it around the world:
10-21-95 posting: Sounds like a competition. First prize one week in
Fishguard, second prize two weeks.
4-13-96 posting: It's sort of like winning a second prize of two weeks in
Armpit Ontario when first prize is one week in Armpit.
7-25-96 posting: First prize: one week in Central Florida. Second prize:
two weeks in Central Florida.
2-18-97 posting: Don't forget the intense and often humorous rivalry between
Edinburgh and Glasgow. Glasgow Celtic FC had a raffle. First prize was a
week in Edinburgh, second prize was two weeks in Edinburgh.
3-23-97 posting: You win first prize, one free week in Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan. Kerry wins second prize, which is two free weeks in Moose
6-25-97 posting: I saw an interesting contest a few years back. First prize
was a week in Moscow. Second prize was two weeks in Moscow.
8-6-97 posting: What's the first place prize? A trip to Cuba for one week?
What's the second place prize, two weeks in Cuba?
10-10-97 posting: YELTSIN: First prize, a week traveling around Russia with
me! YASTRZHEMBSKI: Second prize, two weeks.
2-26-98 posting: That corny old joke used to be said of the city. First
prize in a raffle--one week in Sheffield. Second prize--two weeks in
7-28-98 posting: First prize--one week in Bangalore. Second prize--two
weeks in Bangalore!
10-27-98 posting: Reminds me of the old joke about the raffle--first prize
was a week in Melbourne, second prize was two weeks in Melbourne! (...) The
funny (?) thing is that I have twice heard this said of Christchurch.
10-30-98 posting: First prize will be an all expense paid week in beautiful
downtown Liverpool. Second prize will be two weeks there.
3-16-99 posting: Remember the competition where the first prize was a week
in Warrington and the second prize was two weeks in Warrington.
3-20-99 posting: First prize, one week in fashionable Norwalk, CT! Second
prize, two weeks in Norwalk, CT!
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