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Entry from January 02, 2016
“Why are a Texas tornado and a Tennessee divorce the same? (joke)

A popular redneck joke is:

Q: Why are a Texas tornado and a Tennessee divorce the same?
A: Somebody’s gonna lose a trailer.


The joke was cited in a “That’s Jake” comic strip by Jake Vest in September 1993, not mentioning any state:

“A tornado and a divorce are the same to me. They’re both liable to kill you and either way you’ll probably lose a trailer.”

“Texas tornado” became part of the joke by at least 1995.


7 September 1993, The News Herald (Panama City, FL), “That’s Jake” comic strip by Jake Vest, pg. 7C, col. 4:
“A tornado and a divorce are the same to me. They’re both liable to kill you and either way you’ll probably lose a trailer.”

Google Books
San Diego Magazine
Volume 47
1995
Pg. 40:
“How is a Texas tornado like a Santee divorce? Answer: Somebody’s gonna lose a trailer.”

Google News Archive
6 June 1996, Wilmington (NC) Morning Star, “Wilmington rocks MASSSSively” by Lee Roberts, pg. 1D, col. 2:
Q: What do a tornado and a North Carolina divorce have in common? A: Somebody is going to lose a trailer.

Google News Archive
19 April 1998, Today’s News-Herald (Lake Havasu City, AZ), “Column” by Stan Usinowicz, pg. 1B, col. 1:
Tornadoes and Georgians going through a divorce have a lot in common. In either case, you know some body is going to lose a trailer.

Google Books
Yada, Yada, Yada.Com.Org.Edu.Gov.Email:
What I Learned on the Www/Internet

By Joan E. Miller
New York, NY: Writers Club Press
2000
Pg. 39:
How are a Texas tornado and a Tennessee divorce the same? Somebody’s gonna lose a trailer.

Google Books
A Doctor’s Prescription for Laughter
By Edward S. Peterka, M.D.
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2007
Pg. 13:
How are a Texas tornado and a Kentucky divorce the same?
(Somebody’s Gonna Lose A Trailer)

Google Books
HUMOUR FOR ALL AGES, OCCASIONS AND CELEBRATIONS
By Mel Bergstresser
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2013
Pg. 108:
HOW ARE A TEXAS TORNADO AND A TENNESSEE DIVORCE THE SAME?
SOMEBODY’S GONNA LOSE A TRAILER.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Saturday, January 02, 2016 • Permalink