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Entry from June 24, 2017
“Give me all your money or you’re geography!” (bank robbery joke)

A popular bank robbery joke is:

THIEF: Give me all your money, or you’re geography!
VICTIM: Don’t you mean history?
THIEF: Don’t change the subject.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2003.


Google Books
Greatest Giggles Ever
By Matt Rissinger and Philip Yates
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2003
Pg. 89:
THIEF: Give me all your money, or you’re geography!
VICTIM: Don’t you mean history?
THIEF: Don’t change the subject.

2 December 2008, The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), “The Diary” by Ken Smith, pg. 15:
WE HEAR from a Lanarkshire secondary school where a bully trapped one of the younger lads and menacingly told him: “Give me yer dinner money, or you’re geography.”

“Don’t you mean history?” the little lad piped up.

“Don’t try to change the subject, “ replied the furious bully.

Twitter
David Stevens‏
@_DavidStevens
MAN: Give me all your money or you’re geography! BANK TELLER: Don’t you mean history? MAN: Don’t change the subject!
2:35 AM - 28 Jan 2009

Google Books
Dublin Wit
By Des MacHale
Cork, Ireland: Mercier Press
2011
Pg. 38:
A Dubliner goes into a bank and points a gun at the cashier and says, ‘Hand over the money or you’re Geography.’
‘Surely you mean History,’ says the cashier.
‘Don’t change the subject,’ says the Dubliner.

Humoropedia
25 Really Funny Clean Jokes You Need To Know Now
BY · APRIL 19, 2016
(...)
22 Bank Robber Who Loved Geography
A bank robber pulls out gun points it at the teller, and says, “Give me all the money or you’re geography!” The puzzled teller replies, “Did you mean to say ‘or you’re history?’” The robber says, “Don’t change the subject!”

Jokes Explained
Give me all the money or you’re geography!
March 03, 2017
A bank robber pulls out gun points it at the teller, and says, “Give me all the money or you’re geography!” The puzzled teller replies, “Did you mean to say ‘or you’re history?’” The robber says, “Don’t change the subject!”

First and foremost this is a pun. The critical element of the joke is when the robber says “Don’t change the subject”. The word subject applies to a field of study in school, as well as the topic of conversation, and his sentence could apply to both.

Reddit—Jokes
A guy walks into the bank, pulls out a gun and points it at the teller…
submitted June 24, 2017 by madazzahatter
“Give me all your money or you’re geography.” he says.
The teller replies, “Don’t you mean history?”
The robber says, “Don’t change the subject.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Saturday, June 24, 2017 • Permalink