Children often want to “lick the bowl”—the mixing bowl. A popular joke is:
Child: Mommy, can I lick the bowl?
Mother: Shut up and flush it like anybody else!
The joke has been cited in print since at least 1960.
Spring 1960, Midwest Folklore, “‘Shut Up and Keep Digging”: The Cruel Joke Series” by Brian Sutton Smith, pg. 17:
“Mommy can I lick the bowl.”
“Shut up and flush it like anybody else.”
Mamma, Mamma, can I lick the bowl? Shut up and flush it! (S-S #56: HS 5: C 3: 1959)
Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling’s Disgustingly Dirty Joke Book
By Jackie Martling
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
A little girl walks out of the bathroom, and her mother’s making a cake.
She says, “Mommy, can I lick the bowl?”
Her mother says, “Will you flush it like everyone else?”
Man Walks into a Bar:
Over 6,000 of the Most Hilarious Jokes, Funniest Insults and Gut-Busting One-Liners
By Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins
Berkeley, CA; Ulysses Press
“Mommy, mommy! Can I lick the bowl?” “No, flush it like everyone else!
@FenstarDeLuxe lick the bowl? You should flush it like everyone else nangdabbit!
3:54 PM - 5 Feb 2009
Little lad in the kitchen: “mummy, can I lick the bowl?” Mummy: “No dear, flush it like everyone else does” #doylejoke
9:24 AM - 24 Apr 2009
@nglngt Reminds me of a story a much younger cousin narrated: Kid to mom, “Can I lick the bowl?” Mom, “No, flush it like everyone else.”
12:02 PM - 20 Aug 2016
I always used to ask my mom if I could lick the bowl…
submitted August 31, 2016 by derekjb96
... She’d always say “No! Just flush it like a normal person!”