[Ads-l] Question from family member

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 23 19:22:18 UTC 2016

…that I had to admit I couldn’t answer, even with the help of my usual e-sources:

What’s the origin of “pose for animal crackers”, as in [said to someone not doing anything in particular] “What are you (doing), posing for animal crackers?”  It’s not one I’d ever heard, but the cousin-in-law who asked me is from Wisconsin, if that’s relevant.  There are hits on the internet, but nothing that I saw provides the origin.  

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