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Why did the chicken cross the road?
An 1847 version of the joke was most likely its first appearance in print

*"Why did the chicken cross the road?"* is a common riddle or joke in
several languages. The answer or punchline is: "To get to the other side."
The riddle is an example of anti-humor, in that the curious setup of the
joke leads the listener to expect a traditional punchline, but they are
instead given a simple statement of fact. "Why did the chicken cross the
road?" has become largely iconic as an exemplary generic joke to which most
people know the answer, and has been repeated and changed numerous times.

The riddle was mentioned in print in 1847, in /The Knickerbocker/, a New
York City monthly magazine:^[1]

...There are 'quips and quillets' which /seem/ actual conundrums,
but yet are none. Of such is this: 'Why does a chicken cross the street?[']
Are you 'out of town?' Do you 'give it up?' Well, then: 'Because it wants
to get on the other side!'

The joke had become widespread by the 1890s, when a variant version
appeared in the magazine /Potter's American Monthly/:^[2]

Why should not a chicken cross the road?
It would be a fowl proceeding.


There are many riddles that assume a familiarity with this well-known
riddle and its answer. One class of variations enlists a creature other
than the

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_did_the_chicken_cross_the_road%3F

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