There was a period at the end of the 60s and into the early 70s (which is said to be when the real 60s began) which became known for anti-jokes.
Some time in 1969, a high school kid named Dave Lagergren, attending Journalism class at Federal Way High School in Washington State, penned what was to become the quintessential example to the genre.
Q: What’s the difference between a duck?”
“A: The left leg is both the same!”
My dad used to tell that one a lot. It’s probably why I remember it. But what does it mean? If you have to ask, you obviously don’t get it. And you probably don’t get the concept of anti-jokes.
Keep in mind, it was a crazy time, like nothing in our collective knowledge. Woodstock. Viet Nam. Riots. Race issues. War. Popular songs ranged from Sgt. Barry Sadler’s Ballad of the Green Berets,
to the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black,
and CCR’s Run Through the Jungle.
War songs had never been quite like this before. So, if jokes ended up being a little crazy too, well, you just had to be there!
And, just in case you weren’t, let me ask this one,
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?”