Amelia in Traverse City, Michigan, says her grandfather used to pull her close and whisper There are no bones in ice cream. He has a point there, but where did the phrase come from? That phrase seems to have arisen as part of a goofy joke making the rounds in the United States during the 1930s. A variant, Because ice cream has no bones, or a similar phrase, was often offered as the nonsensical answer to an equally nonsensical riddle.

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