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Entry from October 24, 2016
“Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?"/"No, they eat fingers separately.”

A popular Halloween riddle about how zombies (or monsters) eat is:

Q: Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
A: No, they eat the fingers separately.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1999.


Google Groups: rec.music.makers.bagpipe
Halloween
Bagpiip
11/1/99
(...)
Q: Do monsters eat popcorn with their fingers?
A: NO, they eat the fingers separately.

Google Groups: alt.halloween.boo
Halloween Jokes
stirling
11/8/99
(...)
Q: Do monsters eat popcorn with their fingers?
A: NO, they eat the fingers separately.

26 October 2000, Des Moines (IA) Register, “Need a joke? The Web comes to the rescue,” Iowa Life, pg. 2E, col. 3:
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Halloween Puns of the Weak 10/19/01
Stan Kegel
10/19/01
(...)
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately.(Jackie Holle)

Twitter
Rick Castello
‏@Fungible
Q: Do Zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?  A: No, they eat the fingers separately.
1:16 PM - 31 Oct 2007

Twitter
Karyn Buxman
‏@KarynBuxman
Halloween joke from an attendee at my presentation today: Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers? No, they eat the fingers separately.
12:15 AM - 24 Oct 2008

Google Books
Fun Campfire Ghost Stories
By John Bradshaw
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2009
Pg. 113:
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No they eat the fingers separate!

Google Books
Horrid Henry’s Joke Book
By Francesca Simon
Naperville, IL” Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
2010
Pg. 13:
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately.

Google Books
101 Amazing Spooky Jokes
By Jack Goldstein
Andrews UK Limited
2013
Pg. ?:
Do monsters like to eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they prefer to eat fingers separately!

Google Books
Halloween Monster Jokes For Kids
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
Do monsters eat popcorn with their fingers?
NO, they eat the fingers separately!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, October 24, 2016 • Permalink