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Whistle in the Dark

The language and melodies of military marching songs connect grown children with their parents who served, as do parents’ love letters from World War II. Plus, “running a sandy” describes an awkward love triangle and Northern Spy...

Shakespearan Knock Knock Jokes

As we mentioned earlier, knock-knock jokes were once a fad sweeping the nation. What we didn’t mention is that there are quite a few Shakespearean knock-knock jokes. Such as: Knock-Knock. Who’s there? Et. Et who? Et who, Brute? (Hey...

Spur of the Moment

A caller with a 25-year-old parrot wonders: How much language do birds really understand? Plus, Knock-knock. Who’s there? Boo. Well… you can guess the rest. But there was a time when these goofy jokes were a brand-new craze sweeping the nation...

When Knock-Knock Jokes Were New

In 1936, newspapers across the United States breathlessly reported on a new craze sweeping the nation: knock-knock jokes — and they were at least as corny as today’s version. This is part of a complete episode.

Cow Knock-Knock Joke

Looking for an extremely silly knock-knock joke? Here’s one that’s as silly as they come: Knock, knock. Who’s there? Cows go. Try figuring out the rest. This is part of a complete episode.

Handies

Before knock-knock jokes swept the country in 1936, another silly parlor game called handies was all the rage. This is part of a complete episode.