Historic Topical Humor

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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Topical humor has a short shelf life. It draws its humor from current events. As soon as the audience forgets the event, the joke no longer works. Historians, however, tend to remember current events longer than most people. Do you have a joke that was funny at one moment in time, but does not work on audiences with little or no sense of history?

Here's one of mine that was making the rounds in January 1961:
Have you heard about the new Eisenhower doll? You wind it up, and it does nothing for eight years.
 
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MG1962a

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Back in the day it was a standing joke if you wanted FDR to do something. Write to Eleanor and she would make him do it lol



And from WW2

When the Germans fired - the British ducked

When the British fired - the Germans ducked

When the Americans fired EVERYONE ducked
 
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Welcome to the United States. Home of George Bush, Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Stevie Wonder.

Welcome to Canada. Home of Brian Mulroney. No Cash. No Hope. No Wonder.


That joke killed with the grade-school set circa 1992.
 
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MG1962a

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from the 1990's

What a crazy world we live in...............

The most popular rapper is white

The number one golfer is black

France calls the US arrogant

And the Germans preach military restraint
 
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from the 1990's

What a crazy world we live in...............

The most popular rapper is white

The number one golfer is black

France calls the US arrogant

And the Germans preach military restraint
That was really an early 2000s joke . It also included - the best basketball player is Chinese.
 
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And the Germans preach military restraint
I don't like to disturb the funny atmosphere, but it's always noticeable how stereotypical the image of Germans is abroad, especially in the USA. Now WW II has been over for so long, but the cliché of militaristic Germans still haunts the American landscape. Reports by Germans in the USA confirm this tendency towards stereotypes. One student reports that when he went through the courtyard of a US university, other students showed him the Hitler greeting. Completely absurd. Considering how many sympathizers of the Nazis there are in the USA (22 million according to new polls), one wonders whether this cliché should only distract from the American tendency towards Nazism.
 
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MG1962a

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I don't like to disturb the funny atmosphere, but it's always noticeable how stereotypical the image of Germans is abroad, especially in the USA.
Well the whole source of the joke is stereotyping.

But Germany's military prowess dates well before WW2. Even back to before Germany was even a place
 
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