One of the nice things about having an ice lolly made by Walls or Lyons Maid, rather than a Tesco or Bejam (remember when Iceland was called Bejam? Well, it was in my home town anyway…) own brand lolly was that you got a joke on the stick after scoffing down the icy goodness. It almost made the ice cream headache (or brain freeze) you got from eating it too fast worthwhile, just so you could be first to read out the joke to your mates.
Of course, the jokes were generally not usually that funny, but that didn’t matter. In fact the ones that made you groan were often more popular than the ones that were funny, just because they were so bad. Here are some examples of the kind of joke you might get.
Q. What do astronauts have in their sandwiches?
A. Launch meat.
Q. Why did the dog cross the road?
A. Because it was stapled to the chicken.
Q. What is the difference between a duck?
A. One of it’s legs is both the same.
OK, maybe not that last one, but it was in one of the joke books that I had. To this day I still don’t understand that joke, yet still find it very amusing for some reason. But that’s just me…
Do kids ice creams still have jokes on them? I really don’t know! Perhaps I should buy one and find out, purely in the pursuit of research of course, you understand.