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Entry from June 06, 2016
“Laughing stock: cattle with a sense of humor”

The term “laughing stock” has a pun:

Q: What do you call cattle with a sense of humor?
A: Laughing stock.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1975. “What do you get if you boil funnybones?"/"A laughing stock” is another “laughing stock” joke.

“What do you call cows that don’t have a sense of humor?"/"Feminists” is a related joke.


Google Books
Wild Bill Hiccup’s Riddle Book
By Ann Bishop and Jerry Warshaw
Chicago, IL: A. Whitman
1975
Pg. ?:
What is laughing stock?
Cattle with a sense of humor.

Google Books
Animal Tales
By Warren Lyfick
Illustrated by Joe Kohl
New York, NY: Riverhouse Publications: Distributed by Harvey House
1980
Pg. 5:
What do you call cattle with a sense of humor?
Laughing stock.

20 July 1986, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press, “Cryptoquote,” pg. 32, col. 7:
SLY FARMER ASKED: “SHOW ME CATTLE WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR AND I’LL SHOW YOU LAUGHING STOCK.”

Google News Archive
7 September 1994, The Argus-Press (Owosso, MI), pg. 7, col. 3 ad:
Show me cattle with a sense of humor and I’ll show you laughing stock.
(Owosso Paper & Supply Co.—ed.)

Google News Archive
27 August 2000, New Straits Times (Malaysia), “A touch of bovine humour,” Abroad sec., pg. 8, col. 3:
What do you call cattle with a sense of humor?
A: Laughing stock.

Twitter
Twila Marie
‏@twila_zoned
Laughing stock - cattle with a sense of humor?
9:29 PM - 24 May 2007

Google Books
Jokes and Puns
By Ronn Foster
New York, NY: Page Publishing, Inc.
2015
Pg. ?:
“Laughing stock: cattle with a sense of humor.”

reddit
What do you call cows that have a sense of humor?
submitted December 2, 2015 by Hank_The_Cat
Laughing stock.

Twitter
Jokester Jokes
‏@fromJokester
What do you call cows that have a sense of humor?
Laughing stock 😏
What do you call cows that don’t have a sense of humor?
Feminists 😁
6:22 PM - 10 Dec 2015

Twiter
Stick Or Truth
‏@StickOrTruth
Laughing stock: cattle with a sense of humor.  #jokes
11:55 PM - 6 Jun 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, June 06, 2016 • Permalink