14 History Jokes Only History Buffs Will Understand
Test your history chops with these hilarious history jokes.
Quit Russian me
Why was WWI so quick?
Because they were Russian.
Why was WW2 so slow?
Because they were Stalin.
A Roman walks into a bar. He holds up two fingers and says, “Five beers, please!”
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An executive order
I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency—even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting. —Ronald Reagan
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A Frenchman walks into a library and asks for a book on warfare. The librarian replies, “You’ll only lose it.”
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A royal response
What did Richard III say when a planning proposal was submitted for building parking lot?
“Over my dead body.”
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Fidel Castro visits Moscow and is taken on a tour by Leonid Brezhnev. First, they go for a drink, and Castro praises the beer. “Yes, it was provided by our good friends from Czechoslovakia,” says Brezhnev. Next, they go for a ride in a car, and Castro admires the car. “Yes, these cars are provided by our good friends from Czechoslovakia.”
They drive to an exhibition of beautiful cut glass, which Castro greatly admires. “Yes, this glass is provided by our good friends from Czechoslovakia.”
“They must be very good friends,” says Castro. “Yes,” says Brezhnev, “they must.”
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Marx’s drink of choice
Why did Karl Marx dislike Early Grey tea?
Because proper tea is theft.
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Why were the early days of history called the Dark Ages?
Because there were so many knights.
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A presidential quip
In my many years, I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. —President John Adams
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Why did George Washington have trouble sleeping?
Because he couldn’t lie.
A General Lee good student
What yearbook superlative was Robert E. Lee given at graduation?
Most likely to secede.
How did Louis XIV feel after completing the Palace of Versailles?
Teacher: Can you describe for me Napoleon’s origin?
Student: ‘Course I can!
A man from the Soviet Union obtains a permit to move to the USA, and his new neighbor asks how he much he likes his new apartment, so he asks him what his apartment was like back in Russia.
“Oh, my old apartment was perfect. I could not complain.”
So his neighbor then asks him what his job was like back home.
“Oh, my old job was perfect. I could not complain.”
So the neighbor asks him what the food was like back in the USSR.
“Oh, the food was perfect. I could not complain.”
Puzzled, the neighbor finally asks him, if everything was so great in the Soviet Union, why did he move?
The man says, “Here I can complain.”
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