The extremely hot Texas weather has been the subject of many jokes, such as:
. “It’s so hot, the trees are whistling for dogs”
. “It’s so hot there that the trees are running after the dogs.”
. “It’s so dry, the trees are following the dogs around for water.”
. “It’s so dry, the trees are bribing the dogs.”
The joke dates back to at least the 1940s and the 1950s.
Yank: the army weekly
The boys in the South Pacific report it’s so hot there that the trees are running after the dogs.
13 December 1953, Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, “they say about Texas!” by Sid Ross & Karl Kohrs, Parade magazine, pg. 9, col. 1:
Your true Texans is not even ashamed to admitthe negative aspects of Texas—particularly its unusual weather.
He will be the first to tell you that many parts of the state are so dry the trees follow the dogs around.
(Taken from the books or newspaper columns of Boyce House—ed.)
April 1972, The Rotarian, “WOOF! The Pfeido Winners,” pg. 14:
“It’s so dry here in Texas that the trees are chasing me (a dog—ed.) around!” — Shelton E. Breeden, Rotarian, Bay City, Texas
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“It’s so dry out here that the trees are taking to follering the dogs around.”
22 June 1996, Marietta (GA) Journal, pg. 6A, col. 5:
QUOTABLE: Sen. John McCain, on the worst drought ever in Arizona: “It’s so dry the trees are chasing the dogs.”
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It’s so DRY in Texas, the trees are whistlin’ for the dogs.
By Lisa Kleypas
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During the occasional droughts, Houston got so dry that, as a local joke went, “the trees are bribing the dogs.”
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