Kryponite and garlic

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 4 16:34:35 UTC 2010

At 9:49 AM -0600 1/4/10, Jim Parish wrote:
>Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>  I don't recall any book of grape jokes. I may have heard a few others, e.g.,
>>  "What's purple and sacks Rome?" "Attila the Grape."
>>  "What are the angriest fruits?" "The grapes of wrath."
>Then there's the two-for-one, elephant and grape set:
>"What's the difference between an elephant and a grape?"
>- "Grapes are purple."
>"What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming?"
>- "'Here come the elephants!'"
>"What did Jane say when she saw the elephants coming?"
>- "'Here come the grapes!' (Jane is color-blind.)"
There was also one of the form

"What's purple, comes in bunches, and has four wheels?"
"Grapes--I lied about the wheels."

(Good introduction to the importance of mistrusting others.)


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