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Entry from December 22, 2016
“What do snowmen wear on their heads?"/"Ice caps.”

A popular winter riddle is:

Q: What do snowmen wear on their heads?
A: Ice caps.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1994.


Google Books
The Father Christmas:
It’s a Blooming Terrible Joke Book

By Raymond Briggs
London: Puffin Books
1994
Pg. 54:
What do snowmen wear on their heads?
Ice caps

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 12/13/02
Stan Kegel
12/13/02
(...)
What do snowmen wear on their heads?
Ice caps ! (Kids Jokes)

Google Groups: alt.tv.lost
OT: snowman jokes
AirDuct-Kate
9/28/05
(...)
What do snowmen wear on their heads ?
Ice caps !

Google Books
On Thin Ice
By Nancy E. Krulik
New Yok, NY: Grosset & Dunlap
2007
Pg. 109:
“What do snowmen wear on their heads?” he read.

“Ice caps!” Andy replied, holding up his snowflake.

Twitter
Mickie Rops
‏@mickierops
Another one for @santaclaus25 What do snowmen wear on their heads?...........ice caps, of course.
11:46 AM - 12 Aug 2008

Google Books
Christmas Crackers
By Matt Wilce
Lulu Publishing (Lulu.com)
2012
Pg. ?:
What do snowmen wear on their heads?
Ice caps!

Google Books
Christmas Jokes and Riddles for Kids
By Christy Davis
Published by author
2013
Pg. ?:
What do snowmen wear on their heads?
Ice Caps

Google Books
Gigglers: Christmas Jokes
By Toby Reynolds
London: Scholastic Fiction
2015
Pg. 71:
Q. What do snowmen wear on their heads?
A. Ice caps!

Mirror (UK)
The top 30 Christmas cracker jokes of 2016 revealed - and they’re actually funny
30 new cracker jokes for this Christmas have been compiled following a competition to find the best wisecracks to entertain the family

BYRUKI SAYID, LAURA CONNOR
09:13, 22 DEC 2016 UPDATED 09:14, 22 DEC 2016
(...)
What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Thursday, December 22, 2016 • Permalink