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Entry from December 20, 2015
“What do you call a cow with no legs?"/"Ground beef.”

There are two “ground beef” cow jokes. This joke was cited in 1971:

Wilber: What do you call a cow that sits on the grass?
Philbert: I don’t know, what?
Wilber: Ground beef.


This joke was cited in 1983:

What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.


A related cow joke is: “What do you call a cow with three legs?"/"Lean beef.”

Another “ground beef” joke is: “I dropped my burger on the floor. Now it’s ground beef.”


Google Books
December 1971, Boys’ Life, “THink and Grin,” pg. 98, col. 2:
Wilber: What do you call a cow that sits on the grass?
Philbert: I don’t know, what?
Wilber: Ground beef. —Joseph Poletti, Lakewood, N.J.

18 December 1872, Indiana (PA) Evening Gazette, “Mini Jokes,” THe Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q What do you call a cow that sits on the grass?
A Ground beef.
Jon Rishell—Punxsutawney

27 June 1982, Boston (MA) Herald American, “Riddle Box,” comics sec.:
What do you call a cow that’s lying down?
Ground beef.

18 June 1983. Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, “Jokes,” pg. D6, col. 5:
What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

17 March 1984, Gettysburg (PA) Times, “Golf balls, tin cans, monkeys” by Geoffrey W. Taylor, pg 4, col. 2:
What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

Google Books
Names
1985
Pg. 291:
16. What do you call a cow with three legs? Lean beef.
I7. What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.

Google News Archive
15 August 1985, Reading (PA) Eagle, “Harvest,” pg. 32, col. 4:
What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef!

Google News Archive
5 June 1986, Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, “The Stroller” by Seymour Rosenberg, pg. 1, col. 1:
Cow jokes are now popular in California. For instance what do you call a cow with no legs? round beef. How about a cow with only three legs? Lean beef. And a cow with only two legs? Extra lean beef.

Google Books
Cracking Jokes: studies of Sick umor Cycles & Stereotypes
By Alan Dundes
Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press
1987
Pg. 18:
What do you call a cow with three legs?
Lean beef.

What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

Google Books
Over 1500 Fantastic Jokes
By Guy Campbell, Mark Devins, Paul Moran and Simon Ecob
London: Dean
2002
Pg. 229:
What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground Beef!

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.
2012
Pg. ?:
What do you call a cow with two legs?
Lean beef.

What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

reddit
What do you call a cow with three legs? (self.Jokes)
submitted May 30, 2013 by hitokirivader
Tri-tip.
What do you call a cow with two legs?
Lean beef.
What do you call a cow with one leg?
Steak.
What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, December 20, 2015 • Permalink