Taking the piss lands Koch in the poo

Some people are little grumpy before they’ve had their first cup of coffee. And maybe that’s why Sunrise co-host David Koch got so many complaints when he repeated this joke at 6:50am.

But how risqué can a joke be if versions of it have appeared in respectable magazines like the New Yorker and Mother Jones as well as in academic journals like Western Folklore? According to American folklorist Alan Dundes, Americans were telling the same joke about Richard Nixon in the early 1970s. Later it was updated for Bill Clinton. As Dundes says "the general public does not much care whether a given joke is old or new so long as it fits the current occasion. Old jokes updated are just as good if not better than brand new jokes."

The joke is almost certainly more than a hundred years old. Here’s a version they used to tell in the Ozarks:

One time there was two farmers that lived out on the road to Carico. They was always good friends, and Bill’s oldest boy had been a-sparking one of Sam’s daughters. Everything was going fine till the morning they met down by the creek, and Sam was pretty goddam mad. “Bill,” says he, “from now on I don’t want that boy of yours to set foot on my place.” “Why, what’s he done?” asked the boy’s daddy.“He pissed in the snow, that’s what he done, right in front of my house!”But surely, there ain’t no great harm in that,” Bill says.“No harm!” hollered Sam. “Hell’s fire, he pissed so it spelled Lucy’s name, right there in the snow!” “The boy shouldn’t have done that,” says Bill. “But I don’t see nothing so terrible bad about it.”“Well, by God, I do!” yelled Sam. “There was two sets of tracks! And besides, don’t you think I know my own daughter’s handwriting?”

From Vance Randolph‘s Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales.

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vee
vee
14 years ago

I don’t get what the big deal is – the funniness of the joke depends on the people used in the joke. That said, there was absolutely nothing wrong with Koch’s joke and anyone upset by it, *shakes his head*. If its Howard himself, he’s been in politics long enough to know that’s politics.

Bring Back CL's blog
Bring Back CL's blog
14 years ago

except it ain’t funny

Yobbo
Yobbo
14 years ago

It would be funnier if Costello was involved.

Francis X Holden
14 years ago

I must have a lie down – I agree with homer – this time the joke wasn’t funny..

However if it had been about Abbott it might have been funny. Seeing as the priestly aspirant clearly had more than few hands on his cock in his uni days.

These days from what I can see of his contributions it is his own hand that circles it. Far, far too often

Chris Lloyd
Chris Lloyd
14 years ago

I can’t BELIEVE Koshies explanation!

Asked to explain the inference of the joke, he responded by saying his wife had once scrawled her own yellow sentence in a patch of snow.

My wife writes her name in the snow. They have this thing for skiers – female skiers. It’s like a funnel if you are caught way up on the slopes away from anywhere.