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Entry from November 18, 2016
“How much does a dumpling weigh?"/"Wonton.”

A “wonton” dumpling sounds like “one ton,” and there’s a riddle:

Q: How much does a dumpling weigh?
A: Won-ton.


“How much does a cubic meter of oriental soup weigh? (...) It weighs Won Ton!!!” was posted to the newsgroup soc.penpals on November 26, 1993. “‘How much does the soup weigh?’ ‘Won-ton’” posted on Twitter on September 5, 2009.

“How much does a dumpling weigh? wonton” was posted on Twitter on December 24, 2012.

“Every time I eat Chinese I feel like I weigh won ton” is another pun on “wonton.”


Wikipedia: Wonton
A wonton (also spelled wantan, wanton, or wuntun in transcription from Cantonese; Mandarin: húndun) is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.

Google Groups: soc.penpals
Physics Puns
Sean Greene
11/26/93
(...)
>How much does a cubic meter of oriental soup weigh?
Sorry about that, I’m a “newbie”, hope I’ll catch on soon, any way here’s the punch line:  It weighs Won Ton!!!

Google Groups: soc.genealogy.uk+ireland
The Chinese ton?
Pat Traynor
6/13/97
Why are you reading this? It has nothing to do with genealogy.

How much does a Chinese junk weigh?
Won ton !

Google Groups: alt.callahans
Puns of the Weak: 4-14-00
Stan Kegel
4/16/00
(...)
We all know How Long is a Chinaman. If you use your noodle you can also tell me what he weighs. Won Ton (By Gary Hallock)

Twitter
Aaron
‏@gunslingersai
“How much does the soup weigh?” “Won-ton”
2:49 PM - 5 Sep 2009

Twitter
kev
‏@kevinsialater
how much does a dumpling weigh? wonton
8:56 PM - 24 Dec 2012

Twitter
Yvo
‏@feistyfoodie
HAHAHA “What does a dumpling weigh?” “One ton.” (Say it out loud) via @cookstr bahahahaha #silly
10:44 AM - 9 May 2013

Cookstr
The Cookstr Weekly: What Does a Dumpling Weigh?
MAY 16, 2013
by Kara Rota
Wonton! All joking aside, dumplings are a beloved staple across cultures, from wontons to kreplach to ravioli. For the purposes of this list, we’re defining dumplings as dough wrapped around some sort of filling, with the whole package meant to be consumed in a few bites. So matzo balls and gnocchi are out, for now.

Cooking with Cocktail Rings
how much does a dumpling weigh? wonton! recipe for these pork potstickers coming soon!
Dec 17th, 2014

It Takes Two To Mango
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
SINGAPORE: How Much Does a Dumpling Weigh?
WONTON.
I got that little gem from Tiffany. It made me laugh so hard.

Twitter
A.J.
‏@studkinss
How much does a dumpling weigh?
“Won ton”
HAHAHAHAHAHHA
11:38 PM - 26 Sep 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
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