obsolete jokes

Obsolete Joke: Soviet Shortages

  • Posted on: 9 March 2016
  • By: Noah Brand

Some jokes are perennial, lasting for decades or centuries with minimal revision. Others have specific expiration dates. In this series, I revisit jokes that can no longer be told.

 

One day in the Soviet Union, an old Jewish man is down at the collective market, looking at the signs about all the stuff they ain’t got.

“These shortages are awful,” he says. “Look at this: they’re out of bread, they’re out of tea, they’re out of meat, they’re out of eggs… how is a person supposed to live?”

Obsolete Joke: 2016

  • Posted on: 24 February 2016
  • By: Noah Brand

Some jokes are perennial, lasting for decades or centuries with minimal revision. Others have specific expiration dates. In this series, I revisit jokes that can no longer be told.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: I don’t know, I don’t have 2020 vision.

Expiration date: December 31, 2015

A rare example of a single-year joke, and the most recently-expired one I currently know.