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Entry from June 22, 2015
“Did anyone laugh when you fell while skating?” (joke)

A skating pun is:

“Did anyone laugh when you fell while skating?”
“No, but the ice made some cracks.”


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1948.


6 January 1948, Creston (IA) News Advertiser, “Picked Up Here and There,” pg. 4, col. 2:
Not Wise
“Did everybody laugh yesterday when you fell on the ice?”
“No, but the ice surely made some funny cracks.”

9 April 1948, Eagle Lake (TX) Headlight, pg. 5, col. 7:
Bob (to sister): I hear you fell down when you were skating today. Was anyone around to laugh?
Helen: No, but the ice made some awful cracks.

5 June 1961, San Diego (CA) Union, “Fun Time—The Chuckle Box,” pg. A17, col. 2:
Willy: Did anyone laugh when you fell on the ice?
Harry: No, but the ice made some awful cracks.

Google Books
January 2001, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 58, col. 3:
Ted: Did anyone laugh when you fell on the ice?
Jed: No, but the ice made some cracks. — Ted Greczyn, Kansas City, Mo.

Twitter
MHALC, OH
‏@MHALickingCty
From our Compeer members, a riddle:  Q:  Did anyone laugh when you fell on the ice?  A:  No, but the ice made some cracks.
11:35 AM - 18 Nov 2011

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‏@_Derrii
Did anyone laugh when you fell while skating? No...but the ice made some cracks
3:46 PM - 3 Jun 2013

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Phil
‏@cmptrs4now
“Did anyone laugh when you fell while skating?”
“No, but the ice made some cracks.”
9:09 PM - 16 Dec 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, June 22, 2015 • Permalink