"What are unhappy cranberries called? Blueberries.” The cranberries joke—included in many Thanksgiving joke collections—has been cited in print since at least 1986.
The Purple Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Riddles
By David A. Adler; Marylin Hafner
New York, NY: Holiday House
What are unhappy cranberries called? Blueberries.
22 March 1994, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page by Betty Debnam, pg. 3, col. 2:
WHAT ARE UNHAPPY CRANBERRIES CALLED?
May 1995, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 65, col. 1:
Jill: What are unhappy cranberries called?
— Gena Trimarco, Weed, Calif.
The Little Giant Book of Giggles
By Charles Keller
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
What are unhappy cranberries called?
THANKSGIVING JOKE: What are unhappy cranberries called? Blueberries. #lamejoke #happythanksgiving
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Courage for Beginners
By Karen Harrington
New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company
“Do you know what you call unhappy cranberries? Blueberries.”