Q: Ok so do you have the joke or riddle or what is it.
R: Its a riddle
Q: Wait so where did you hear it?
R: I heard it in Southern California at a summer Camp I was at
Q: ok so what is the riddle
R: Ok so there is a cabin in the woods and there are 26 people dead inside. There are no track coming or going from te cabin, what happened?
Q: Um maybe it snowed and the snow melted
Q: Was it an accident or were they murdered
R: It was an accident
Q: They were there a long time
R: Maybe but that doesnt matter
Q: I dont know, what happened
R: It was the cabin of a plane and they died in a crash
Context: As the informant said this was collected at summer camp at middle school age in southern California.
Analysis: This joke definitely came into being after the invention of airplanes and so post 1903 for sure although most likely further after that. As well, this is a joke that makes me think immediately about the genre of dark humor. This is something discussed in great detail in Peter Narvaez in his book Of Corpse. His analysis of the timeline of when it is appropriate to tell a joke like this is interesting to me as I know someone who’s father died in a plane accident and would be highly offended if they heard this joke. On the other hand I know people like Pete Davidson who gets jokes made about his father dying on 9/11 and laughs along. In this regard it would seem to be a personal thing and how each individual deals with trauma.