The Vine: December 30, 2011
After seeing the Vine readers find so many lost books, I'm hoping they have enough arcane knowledge to help with this. I'm looking not for a lost book, but for a lost joke.
My family tends to work punchlines into ordinary conversation, like "To get to the other side," or "When it's ajar." The problem is that one day, we realized no one remembered what the riddle was to one of them! So, the punchline is, "Because the buffalos lived there." Can anyone help with the riddle itself? I think it may have been along the lines of, "Why did the Indians…?" (This may have something to do with why it seems to have disappeared.) And I think it was along the lines of the chicken crossing the road — the humor came from there being nothing funny about the punchline.
Various Google searches over the years have gotten me nowhere. I think this may have been on a Dixie Riddle Cup back in the early 1970s. (Does anyone else remember those? Little paper cups with bad riddles on them that we used to drink juice out of at birthday parties? No?)
Thanks very much to anyone who can help!
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