A popular “cannibal in school” riddle is:
Q: Why was the cannibal expelled frm school?
A: Because he was buttering up his teacher.
The cannibal jokehas been cited in print since at least 1957.
22 March 1957, The Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA), “Try and Stop Me” by Bennett Cerf, pg. 15, col. 5:
A cannibal’s son was suspended from mission school for ten days. His misdemeanor: buttering up too many teachers.
20 July 1958, New York (NY) Herald Tribune, “Bennett Cerf’s Cerfboard,” This Week magazine, pg. 4, col. 2:
Tough break for a young cannibal who was expelled from high school only two weeks before graduation; they caught him buttering up his teachers.
September 1964, Boys’ Life, “Think and Grin,” pg. 74, col. 3:
Tim: Why did the little cannibal get expelled from school?
Jim: I don’t know.
Tim: Because he got caught buttering up the teacher.—Paul Ferris, Grand Junction, Colo.
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by David Allen Clark
Illustrated by Lionel Kalish
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
Stu: Why did the little cannibal get thrown out of class?
Sue: I don’t know.
Stu: Because he got caught buttering up the teacher.
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Did you hear about the cannibal who was expelled from school?He was buttering up his teacher.
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By Mike Haskins
New York, NY: Pavilion Books
Why did the cannibal student get expelled from school?
Because he kept buttering up the teacher.
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By Kay Barnham
London: Arcturus Publishing
Did you hear about the cannibal that was expelled from school?
He was buttering up the teachers.