- “Hey Maggie, why are black people so good at basketball? Cuz they can run, shoot and steal.”- collected from a twelve-year-old white boy.
- “This is a two part joke. How do you start a Mexican riot? Throw a penny down a street? How do you find the richest man in Mexico? Whoever has the penny.”
- “What do you call a black man going down a waterslide? Sewage.”
“What’s worse than finding half a worm in your apple? The Holocaust.” – My little brother told me this joke. He heard it from a friend at school. Interestingly, he attends a private Catholic school in a very white suburb and has never encountered a Jewish person in his life. He has, however, been given extensive education on tolerance and the holocaust in his religion and history classes.
“What’s the difference between a Jew and a Pizza? A pizza doesn’t scream when it goes in the oven.”- My little brother told me this joke. He heard it from a friend at school. Interestingly, he attends a private Catholic school in a very white suburb and has never encountered a Jewish person in his life. He has, however, been given extensive education on tolerance and the holocaust in his religion and history classes.
“Ok so this blonde just got kicked out of her village for being too stupid and blonde, well for being stereotyped that’s it she got kicked out for being blonde, so she got kicked out for being stereotyped, and as she was leaving the town she was walking by a cornfield and she saw, wait are you there, (to me) another blonde who was rowing a boat in a cornfield. So she yells at the other blonde from the road and she says “Gosh, you’re so stupid, why are you rowing a boat in a cornfield?” It’s because of you that I got kicked out of town. If I could swim, I would swim out there and kill you. ”- Collected March 22nd 2013, from a 17-year-old girl from a suburb in Colorado. the joke was in circulation among her friends in the local high school. Ironically, the informant was blonde.
“Why did Sally fall off the swing? Because she had no arms. Knock Knock? Who’s there? Not Sally.” This joke is popular among middle-schoolers and high-schoolers in Broomfield, Colorado, and was performed for me by a 12-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl. They refer to it as an “anti-joke” where two jokes are told in series, with the first being “lame” and the second being the punchline.
“Ask not what is now, ask what is now possible.” – Collected from a 17-year-old girl from Colorado (My younger sister) who heard it from her high school choir teacher, who uses the proverb to keep her students in line and thinking positively.
- “Here’s one that my uncle always used to tell my mom, um it’s “Money is like manure- it’s no good unless it’s spread around.” – the backstory is that my uncle was one of the most giving guys around. Everyone in New Jersey loved him, as a kid he would go through his parents wallets and take twenty dollar bills and go to Del Mar (which is a slummy part of New J ersey ) and leave twenty dollar bills on people porches.”
- My friends uncle used this proverb to justify his legendary generosity. I Googled the phrase and found that the proverb has been attributed to many great thinkers and business men, in many different forms. I found a variation of the proverb listed in Raymond Lamont Brown’s “A Book of Proverbs” (Taplinger Publishing Company, New York, New York) on page 121- “Money, like manure, does no good till it is spread.” The book was published in 1970, so the proverbs has been in American circulation at least since then.
- “For Easter my mom has to make a lamb cake every year because it’s what my Grandma wants her to do. It’s a tradition that the Monge women have to make a lamb cake every Easter and it’s one of those things you have to do cuz your mother-in-law makes you do it and it’s the ugliest thing ever and my mom agrees but she still does it… I won’t have to do it because I’ll have a different married name. It’s only if you marry into the family.”
- This is an example of a tradition solely because it’s a tradition, while disliked by those who participate. Apparently no one in my friend’s family enjoys the lamb cake, but the grandmother bullies her daughter-in-law into making it every year because it’s a their traditional cultural foodway for Easter. It probably has something to do with Jesus Christ being known as the “lamb of God” or the sacrifice that saved humanity from sin. It also might have to do with fertility.