There’s a popular weight loss joke:
“To lose weight, go to a paint store. You can get thinner there.”
“Sign in paint store: Want to get thinner? Try ours—98c a gallon” was cited in 1964. “All they have to do is go to a paint store. You can get thinner there” was cited in 1971.
Freedom and Union
Sign in paint store: Want to get thinner? Try ours—98c a gallon.
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9 July 1971, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, Alex Thien column, pt. 1, pg. 21, col. 1:
Bill Ambrosh has come up with a system for people who want to lose weight. All they have to do is go to a paint store. You can get thinner there.
5 August 1979, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, “The National Challenge” edited by J. Baxter Newgate, pg. M-6, col. 3:
The results of National Challenge No. 129, in which you were to invent a novel way to lose weight.
Go to a paint store. You can get thinner there.
-- Deana Marie Cherrico,
Camp Springs, Md.
More Bulletin Board-Ers
By Helen Eisenberg and Larry Eisenberg
Lima, OH: CSS Publishing Company, Inc.
If too fat, get thinner at paint store.
Diabetes Cookbook for Dummies
By Alan L. Rubin, Fran Stach and Denise C. Sharf
Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide
And don’t go to a paint store and expect to get thinner.
On a diet? Go to the paint store. You can get thinner there. #punday
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Kevin Ahern’s 1001 Punniest Limericks
By Kevin Ahern
Lulu Publishing (Lulu.com)
The overweight man couldn’t bear
Each diet led him to despair
So he raced to the door
Of the nearest paint store
When he heard you could get thinner there.