A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 04, 2017
What do you call a cow that just gave birth?"/"Decaffeinated.”

A decaffeinated coffee riddle has been cited in print since at least 1981:

Q: What do you call a cow that loses its calf?
A: Decaffeinated.


The joke has been printed on several images. The joke has had several forms, with the cow giving birth, having a miscarriage or having an abortion.


8 March 1981, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “Riddle Box,” sec. 7, pg. 6, cols. 1-2:
What do you call a cow that loses its calf?
Decaffeinated.

20 March 1981, News Journal (Mansfield, OH), “Fun Time—The Riddle Box,” pg, 24, col. 7:
What do you call a cow that loses its calf?
Decaffeinated.

Google Books
March 1991, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 64, col. 3:
Daffynition: Decaffeinated — what you call a cow that can’t have babies. — Carl Faulstich, Spokane, Wash.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Henry III Joke List
m...@dixie.com
6/19/91
What do you call a cow that has undergone an abortion?
Decaffeinated. (decalfinated)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Just the FAQ, ma’am, true Punishment III
Eben Merriam Haber
6/15/94
(...)
If a cow gives birth is it then considered decaffeinated?

Google Books
Squeaky Clean Jokes for Kids
By Bob Phillips and Steve Russo
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
1997
Pg. 97:
Myrtle: What do you call a cow whose calf has been taken from her?
Maynard: You tell me.
Myrtle: Decaffeinated.

Google Groups: alt.religion.w-w-church-god
Bible Humor with Comments
Tom
4/2/99
(...)
What do you call a Cow that has a miscarriage?
- Decaffeinated.

Twitter
ozmar‏
@ozmar
Fave joke: “What do you call a cow that’s had an abortion?” A: “Decaffeinated”
8:24 AM - 17 Apr 2009

Twitter
Jim Gleeson‏
@JimGleeson
...Which reminds me of a joke. (and this one is a groaner) What do you call a cow after it has given birth? (Dramatic Pause) Decaffeinated.
3:15 PM - 14 Jun 2009

Reddit—Jokes
What do you call a cow that has just had an abortion?
submitted October 4, 2017 by loverevolutionary
Decaffeinated.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, October 04, 2017 • Permalink