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Entry from October 11, 2014
“How many college freshmen does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” (joke)

Students at one college or university often tell a joke about a rival school:

Q: How many (insert college name) freshmen does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: None. That’s a sophomore-level course.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1997, when it was told about the University of Michigan.


Google Groups: alt.sports.college.ohio-state
scUM jokes
JEFF LUTZ
11/22/97
(...)
Q: How many Michigan freshmen does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. That’s a sophomore course. 

Google Groups: alt.sports.college.pac-10
Rival jokes
Vertigo310
11/21/98
(...)
How many USC Freshmen does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None; that’s a sophomore-level course.

Google Groups: alt.support.anxiety-panic
More Questions to Add to Elise’s
Rita
7/7/01
(...)
> (3) How many Ole Miss freshmen does it take to change a light bulb?
> ---None.....That’s a sophomore course in Mississippi.

Google Books
A Prairie Home Companion
Pretty Good Joke Book

By Brian Becker
Minneapolis, MN: HighBridge
2003
Pg. 31:
How many University of Iowa freshmen does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None. That’s a sophomore course.

Google Books
I Love Texas/I Hate Oklahoma
By Pete Davis
Chicago, IL: Triumph Books LLC
2012
Pg. ?:
How many OU freshmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? None. That’s a sophomore course.

Google Books
Warning! This Product Contains Nuttiness:
A Fun Look at the Bizarre World in Which We Live

By Sam Venable
Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press
2013
Pg. 227:
How many NYFU (Name Your Favorite University—ed.) freshmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? None. At NYFU, this is a sophomore course.

Twitter
Aly Redding
‏@alyredding
How many ASU freshmen does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None. At ASU, that’s a sophomore level class.
11:28 PM - 24 Sep 2014

Twitter
Chandler Norville
‏@changreatness
How many South Carolina freshmen does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None, that’s a sophomore course.
7:36 PM - 4 Oct 2014

Twitter
Arlette Rodriguez
‏@_arlette24
“How many OU freshmen does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None, because it’s a sophomore course.” -@misterjavy
Austin, TX
1:24 PM - 10 Oct 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Saturday, October 11, 2014 • Permalink