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Entry from July 15, 2021
“What did the broccoli say to the getaway driver?"/"Floret.”

The word “floret” (a cluster of flower buds) is pronounced in English as “floor it.” In French, the word “floret” sounds like “floor-ay.” There have been several “Floor it!” (meaning a gas pedal all the way down to the floor) puns.

“He jumped into the getaway car with the bags stuffed full of stolen broccoli and yelled ‘FLORET’” was posted on Twitter by Jeff / Dax on March 23, 2013. “What did the broccoli say during the police chase? ‘FLORET!’” was posted on Twitter by “eating some chicken in a biskit crackers” on March 29, 2013. “Q: What did the broccoli say to the getaway driver? A: Floret #GoldCrackers” was posted on Twitter by Craig Beadle on October 20, 2013.

Cauliflower is often included in the joke. “What did the cauliflower say to the broccoli while driving a race car? FLORET!!!” was posted on Twitter by Jennifer B Thoreson on March 11, 2015. “What did the cauliflower say to the broccoli in the getaway car? Floret!! #badworkjokes” was posted on Twitter by Peter on February 26, 2017. “What did the cauliflower bank robber say to the broccoli getaway driver? Floret” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on September 13, 2017.

“I keep randomly shouting out ‘Broccoli’ and ‘Cauliflower’—I think I might have florets” is another “floret” joke.


Twitter
Jeff / Dax
@wolfwithdances
He jumped into the getaway car with the bags stuffed full of stolen broccoli and yelled “FLORET”
12:39 AM · Mar 23, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
eating some chicken in a biskit crackers
@thesmokinghyena
What did the broccoli say during the police chase? “FLORET!”
9:14 PM · Mar 29, 2013·Tweetbot for iOS

Twitter
ALICE
@astoehr
Q: What does broccoli say when it gets into a car chase? A: “Floret!”
6:51 PM · May 20, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Katherine Harrison
@KidlitKat
Q: What did the fugitive broccoli say when he heard sirens closing in? A: Floret!
5:01 PM · Jun 25, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Lee Scoresby
@_amory_
after I steal a ton of broccoli, I hop into my getaway car and floret. #veggiehumor
2:20 PM · Jun 28, 2013 from Manhattan, NY·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Craig Beadle
@CraigJBeadle
Q: What did the broccoli say to the getaway driver? A: Floret #GoldCrackers
5:54 PM · Oct 20, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Austen‏
@heroofthebeach
What did the broccoli say during the car chase? “Floret!” (pronounced “floor it” rather than the correct french “flor-ay")
2:30 PM - 2 Nov 2013

Twitter
Matt C
@utahgimmetwo
What did the broccoli say to the getaway driver? FLORET.
2:52 PM · Dec 14, 2013·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Ed Payne
@TheDailyHound
I stole this from Matt Courtoy:  What did the broccoli say to the getaway driver? FLORET.
3:58 PM · Dec 14, 2013·Facebook

Twitter
Jennifer B Thoreson
@JennThoreson
What did the cauliflower say to the broccoli while driving a race car?
FLORET!!!
#dailyjennpun
9:29 PM · Mar 11, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
bluecontinental
@bluecontinental
@turtletomorrow Q: what did the broccoli say to the cauliflower when they were driving on the autobahn? A: Floret!
4:21 PM · Jan 7, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/marksideofthemoon March 3, 2016
What did the passenger broccoli say to the driver broccoli?
Floret!

Twitter
Peter
@leisurelypete
What did the cauliflower say to the broccoli in the getaway car?
Floret!! #badworkjokes
10:18 PM · Feb 26, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Prancingdragon September 13, 2017
What did the bank robber say to the broccoli get away driver?
He said “Broccoli, floret!”

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/legthief September 23, 2017
What did the cauliflower bank robber say to the broccoli getaway driver?
Floret.

Twitter
Seth Brown
@risingpun
Q:  What did the broccoli say to his getaway driver?
A:  “Floret!”
6:10 PM · Jun 14, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Son of Dad
@ThugRaccoons
Me: *a getaway driver for a bunch of vegetables*
Broccoli: Floret!!
9:48 AM · Jan 23, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Brixan1 July 5, 2020
What did the broccoli say to the cauliflower when making their getaway?
“Floret!”

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Brixan1 July 6, 2020
What did the broccoli say to the cauliflower while making their getaway?
“Floret!”

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/mdwels December 6, 2020
Did you hear about the two guys who stole a truck full of broccoli?
To get away, they really had to floret.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/GoddamnCheetah July 15, 2021
What did the broccoli say to the get away driver after robbing a bank?
Floret!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, July 15, 2021 • Permalink