Do you ever wonder how something becomes a Thing? I wonder about it all the time. How did knock, knock jokes become a Thing? Can you imagine the first person to tell a knock, knock joke?

“I’m going to say, ‘Knock, knock,’ and you say, ‘Who’s there?’ OK?”
“You’ll see.  Just do it.”
“But you’re standing right here.  Why should I ask, ‘Who’s there?'”
“C’mon.  Please?”
“Will you stop pestering me if I do it?”
“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Why are we doing this?”
“No, you’re supposed to say, ‘Lettuce who?'”
“I don’t understand.”
“Just say it.”
“Is Lettuce someone’s first name?”
“Come on.  Just say it.”
“Do I know more than one person named Lettuce so I need to ask which one I’m talking to?”
“You’re thinking too much.”
“Will you stop pestering me if I say it?”
“Lettuce who?”
“Lettuce in, it’s raining.”
“That was a whole lot of effort for nothing.”

And yet, all it takes is for someone to say, “Knock, knock,” and everyone automatically says, “Who’s there?” How did that become a Thing?

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