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 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Jack and Mary are at Evans (baseball) Field in New York. Jack forgot his glasses and is fumbling to see things. A hot dog vendor approaches Jack.

Vendor: Hot dog, old timer?

JB: Yeah. Where is he? WHERE ARE YOU?

Vendor: Just follow the garlic.

JB: Oh, yes. Gimme 2 hot dogs.

Vendor: You want a regular or the king size?

[big laugh from audience]

JB: The regular is all right.

*****

Do you get the joke? (I have a theory why the audience laughed, but 'm not sure.)

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Jack was notoriously cheap. The notion that he'd spring for a "king size" anything was quite funny to his fans.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Jack was notoriously cheap. The notion that he'd spring for a "king size" anything was quite funny to his fans.

This doesn't quite work, really. I can't exactly say why, either.

Plus, normally, the OTR people I post to (a clever lot, to a one) would have picked up on this, and they're stumped, too.

So I don't think we have it yet.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Perhaps it's a reference to FDR having served hot dogs to King George VI when His Majesty visited the US in 1939.

http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/aboutfdr/royalvisit.html

"Even more relaxing and informal was the following day's event - a picnic. FDR brought the couple to his new hilltop retreat, Top Cottage, on the eastern portion of his estate for an old-fashioned, American-style picnic. Much to the horror of FDR's mother Sara Roosevelt, the King and Queen of England were served hot dogs on the front porch of the cottage. Although the press made a great deal about the hotdogs (the picnic made the front page of the New York Times), the menu also included more delicate fare fit for a King and Queen."

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Maybe their minds were thinking dirty, yes people in 1941 had the same sexual ideas in the back of their heads as today.I mean if that was Milton Berle, then that would really have made it questionable.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Often these jokes refer to then well-known events or people that are now lost to time.

Here is another possibility.

About one month before this airdate in 1941, August 27, 1941, a well-known relief pitcher with the N.Y. Giants, Walter George "Jumbo" Brown, retired after 16 years in baseball, having previously played with the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees, the Cincinnati Reds, and the New York Giants by the end of his career. He was a World Series champion in 1932 and 1936, and led the National League in saves in 1940 and 1941.

He was particularly known for his weight, averaging around 295 pounds during his playing days, and was once the heaviest player ever to play in the Major Leagues.

I think it's possible the reference to "King Size" and the odd Benny question about "Where is he?' during his attendance at a baseball game (after Brown has retired) might be a reference that would have been known in 1941.

But who knows?

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Never mind.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Since we've run out of guesses, I'll post mine.

I thought it was possible that there was only 1 size of hot dog available at this park, and the New York audience perhaps knew this.

Hence, they recognized that the vendor was trying to cheat a man who couldn't see very well, by selling him a bigger hot dog that wouldn't really be bigger.

That's the closest I can get based on how these writers usually do these jokes.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Since we've run out of guesses, I'll post mine.

I thought it was possible that there was only 1 size of hot dog available at this park, and the New York audience perhaps knew this.

Hence, they recognized that the vendor was trying to cheat a man who couldn't see very well, by selling him a bigger hot dog that wouldn't really be bigger.

That's the closest I can get based on how these writers usually do these jokes.

 
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