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Entry from November 15, 2017
“Who doesn’t eat on Thanksgiving?"/"A turkey because it is always stuffed.”

A Thanksgiving riddle is:

Q: Who doesn’t eat on Thanksgiving? (or, “Who is never hungry on Thanksgiving?")
A: A turkey because it is always stuffed.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1973.


“What did the turkey say before it was roasted?"/"Boy! I’m stuffed!” and “Why didn’t the teddy bear eat dessert?"/"Because he was stuffed” are similar “stuffed” riddles.

Google Books
The Teacher’s Almanack Practical Ideas for Every Day of the School Year
By Dana Newmann
New York, NY: Center for Applied Research in Education
1973
Pg. 83:
Who is never hungry in Thanksgiving? (The turkey: he’s already stuffed.)

18 May 1975, The Sunday Freeman (Kingston, NY), “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. Who is never hungry on Thanksgiving?
A. The Turkey—he’s always stuffed.
Janice Post
High Falls

26 November 1985, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” pt. 2, pg. 12, col. 2:
Why don’t turkeys eat on Thanksgiving?
They are already stuffed.
-- Lisa Santorelli, Shirley

19 November 1988, Daily Record (Morristown, NJ), comic, pg. A9, col. 2:
HEY MANUAL, WHO ISN’T HUNGRY AT THANKSGIVING?
GEE, I DON’T KNOW.
THE TURKEY, HE’S ALREADY STUFFED.

23 November 2003, Grand Rapids (MI) Press, “Jokes,” pg. J5:
Who isn’t hungry at Thanksgiving?
The turkey, because he’s already stuffed!

Twitter
marianne‏
@mrsclaus50
What does a turkey eat on thanksgiving? Nothing they are already stuffed! hahaha Hanppy Thanksgiving to my friends in the us of a
11:23 AM - 25 Nov 2009

Twitter
Chaz (TKHawaiianAZN)‏
@TKHawaiianAZN
#jokes #funnyjokes What does the turkey eat on Thanksgiving? Nothing. It’s already stuffed.
3:55 PM - 28 Nov 2009

Google Books
Srsly Best Jokes Ever:
Jokes for Kids

By Chantelle Grace
Racine, WI: BroadStreet Kids
2016
Pg. ?:
Who isn’t hungry on Thanksgiving?
The turkey, because he’s already stuffed.

Twitter
thankful dad jokes‏
@dadtellsjokes
Who doesn’t eat on Thanksgiving?
A turkey because it is always stuffed.
9:15 PM - 15 Nov 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 • Permalink