Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road…Really?

Why did the chicken cross the road? It’s an age old question that I’m sure you’ve heard again, and again… and again. I was curious where that question came from in the first place, so I did some digging. It turns out that it first appeared in an 1847 New York newspaper called The Knickerbocker as one of the first examples of antihumor, saying, “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.”
Now I’m as big a fan of the anti joke as the next guy, but sometimes you need some puns and real humor. And that is why I’ve collected some of the best answers to the most classic question.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To cockadoodle do something.

Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? He heard the referee calling fowls.

Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide.

Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because the chicken hadn’t evolved yet.

Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the shell station.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to your house… knock knock. Who’s there? The chicken!

Why did the chicken cross the road? It was free-range.

Why did the turkey cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken.

Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? he didn’t have the guts.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.

So there you have it. My ten favorite crossing the road jokes. It may be an old line, but it’s still funny! And who says it has to be about a chicken? Insert all sorts of animals and you can make some pretty great jokes!

 

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