1. Imagine my surprise at reading this, as I had just finished writing a letter of thanks to a donor to my Rescue group by the name of . . . Kowalski. Which is also the name of a friend who passed away some time ago (but not decapitated).

    Sill funny, tho!

  2. This joke is funnier with the name “Kowalski” than it would be with the name “Smith,” “Jones,” or “Henderson.” Why? Is it because “Kowalski” has two ks in it?

  3. “Is it because “Kowalski” has two ks in it?”

    KKK has two ks in it, plus a spare, and isn’t funny at all. Pretty much ever.

  4. I love this joke quite a lot, thanks Uncle Irv. I repurposed it once for a sketchpad comic using a specific person with a very square head that me and my father know. He loved it (my dad, not the person whose head was being caricatured).

  5. I was out in the woods away from all things electronic the past week. I would have commented….With a last name of Kowalkowski, I have been called this quite a bit in my life! Funny thing is, I’m told by my mom and others more knowledgeable of Polish name translation, Kowalski is Smith so swazoo’s comment is relevant. My last name is more specialized as Blacksmith.

    I do wonder when this joke was originally inked. If it was during the dumb polish joke craze of the 60’s and 70’s, it would make sense as an anti-polish joke where the punch line shows someone other than the “dumb Polock” is actually the dumb one. But in this case, Kowalski is still dead!

    On a side note, I’m pleased that Polock was just spell checked as I typed this.

  6. Good one, JP. Funny, I suddenly have an urge to go bake some fish sticks….

  7. Chak, this was my uncle’s favorite joke. When he passed away in 1999, I decided that every year on his birthday I would tell the joke to somebody who hadn’t heard it.

    Somehow it wasn’t until the second year that I realized that as long as I have a web site that grows every year, I could use that.

  8. “KKK has two ks in it, plus a spare, and isn’t funny at all. Pretty much ever.”

    They’re the butt of several jokes such as Pogo’s the “Kluck Klams” (…. although Lisa Simpson said “Yeah,… they weren’t that funny”).

  9. There was that awful Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Data attempts to learn about humor by using the holodeck to conjure up Joe Piscopo as a Borscht Belt comic (thereby proving what everyone had suspected all along: the TNG writers knew nothing about humor). It was posited that words ending in K were inherently funny. Brent Spiner (a very, very funny man) used that to corpse Piscopo (a very not funny man) in the scene, so maybe there’s something to it.

  10. “It was posited that words ending in K were inherently funny”

    Is that why the comic strip character Cathy used to say “ACK !” all the time. Were we supposed to automatically laugh then? Gee, now I feel sort of guilty that I almost never did so.

    Are such words still funny if they’re the last word in a phrase like “toxic shock” or “broken back” or “fatal attack” ?

  11. Another Happy Birthday to Uncle Irving!

    And this shows that we have been on wordpress over a year now – hard to believe it is that long.

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