[Ads-l] Joke: Bartender meets a grasshopper

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Feb 9 12:42:19 UTC 2015

I like this joke. If Google Book snippets can be trusted (with partial date support from WorldCat, *if* the vol. and no. is correct):

Crow's Forest Products Digest - Volume 38, Part 2 - Page 146,  1960

"On the slight chance you may not have majored in biology at Yale, the Melanoplus spretus is a grasshopper to the common people. It soon became apparent ...Grasshopper (Bridling with suspicion) "You nuts or something? I get around . . . there's never been a drink named after me. I've never heard of a ... drink named Chester. And neither have you."



Stephen Goranson

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Subject: [ADS-L] Joke: Bartender meets a grasshopper

Barry posted an entry recently about a grasshopper joke with citations
starting on August 18, 1961.

Entry title: A grasshopper walks into a bar..." (bar joke)
Date: January 31, 2015
Short link: http://bit.ly/1vzWPSM
Long link: http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/a_grasshopper_walks_into_a_bar/

Here is a citation with a date a few weeks earlier.

Date: July 24, 1961
Newspaper: Los Angeles Times
Newspaper Location: Los Angeles, California
Article: Ham On Ryon: It's Almost Too Pat to Be True
Author: Art Ryon
Quote Page B5, Column 1,
Database: ProQuest

[Begin excerpt]
Silliest story of the week: A bartender meets a grasshopper and is
pretty impressed. "Do you know," he asks, "that we have a drink named
after you?" This impresses the grasshopper. "Gee, imagine," he
exclaims, "a drink named Leonard!"
[End excerpt]

The joke was reprinted in the Omaha World Herald with an
acknowledgment to the LA Times.

Date: August 1, 1961
Newspaper: Omaha World Herald
Newspaper Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Article: Individualist (Acknowledgement: Art Ryon in Los Angeles Times)
Quote Page 16, Column 5
Database: GenealogyBank


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