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Celebrate National Knock Knock Joke Day on Oct. 31

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Did you know that National Knock Knock Joke Day is observed on October 31?  Me either, but this holiday is for jokesters of all ages.  

I have a fond memory of knock knock jokes that still brings a smile. At a family gathering, we were “resting” after a large meal. Conversation waned and my brother-in-law, proud Pop Pop of my great nieces and nephew, began to tell knock knock jokes.

One of his grandchildren, about four years old, wanting to join the fun, began to tell nonsensical knock knock jokes. Of course we all laughed and she enjoyed the attention and the ability to make us laugh. Then her dad engaged the ever present cell phone and pulled up a list of jokes to assist her joke-making. With his guidance, she started to get the hang of what makes a good knock knock joke.  

Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience with your family or friends?  Let’s face it, in today’s world, we can all use an opportunity to share a laugh.  The library has a variety of Knock Knock and other joke books for all ages. Check one out and let the laughter begin! Here are a few jokes to prime the pump:

Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Harry. Harry who?
Harry up, it’s cold out here!

Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Noah. Noah who?
Noah good place to get something to eat?

Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Dora. Dora who?
Dora’s locked. That’s why I’m knocking.

Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Hatch. Hatch who?
Bless you!

Perhaps some of you are remember some of the earliest Knock Knock Jokes like this one from 1934 when the format was used in a newspaper humor column:–

Knock Knock. Who’s There?
Rufus. Rufus Who?
Rufus the most important part of your house.

Or do you remember Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in Show in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s when Knock knock jokes became a regular part of the show?  No matter your age, “let down your hair” and enjoy a good laugh with those around you. It will brighten your day and theirs.