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Sisyphus Puns

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Added by Phillip Hamilton • Updated 8 months ago by Zach
Added by Phillip Hamilton • Updated 8 months ago by Zach

Sisyphus Puns

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Sisyphus Puns, also known as Greek Mythology Puns or I Had A Joke About Sisyphus, refers to a series of tweets made in mid-August 2021 in which users make puns and jokes about characters from Greek mythology, with a particular focus on Sisyphus, a figure who was punished to forever roll a boulder up a hill as punishment for cheating death. The puns stemmed from a July 3st Tweet, and often follow a Snowclone format reading, "I had a joke about X, but…"

Origin

On July 31st, 2021, Twitter[1] user @CSMFHT posted, "I used to tell a joke about Orpheus and Eurydice, but looking back, it was not a great idea," referencing the Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice, in which a musician named Orpheus travels to the underworld to make a deal with Hades to bring back his dead wife. The deal is, if Orpheus can walk to earth from the underworld without looking back, she comes back. He ultimately fails and is not reunited with her until he himself dies.[2] The tweet gained over 65,000 likes and 18,000 retweets in just under three weeks (shown below).


Classical Studies Memes for Hellenistic Teens @CSMFHT I used to tell a joke about Orpheus and Eurydice, but looking back, it was not a great idea

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On August 18th, 2021, Twitter users began quote-tweeting the tweet with their own jokes and puns about figures from Greek Mythology relating to their most well-known stories. For example, on that date, Twitter[4] user @NMamatas posted a joke about the Delphic Oracle's prophecy being funny because it's true, gaining over 790 likes in a day (shown below, left). On the same date, Twitter[5] user @scalzi posted "I used to tell a joke about Cassandra, but nobody ever listened," gaining over 1,900 likes in a day. The joke references the story of Cassandra, whose prophecies were deemed untrustable by Apollo as a form of revenge, despite being true every time, resulting in nobody listening to her accurate predictions of events like the Fall of Troy.[3]


Nick Disband the Police Mamatas @NMamatas I used to tell a joke about the Delphic Oracle's prophecy-it was funny because it was true. John Scalzi @scalzi I used to tell a joke about Cassandra, but nobody ever listened.

Twitter users continued to quote-tweet Greek Mythology puns over the course of the 18th and 19th, causing a number of Greek mythological characters to trend on Twitter (shown below), including Sisyphus, who received a large number of jokes about his story.


Trending in United States Sisyphus There's a game of Greek mythology jokes underway but the search for the best punchline featuring Sisyphus is turning into an uphill battle 1,938 Tweets

Sisyphus is a figure in Greek mythology who was punished for cheating death twice by being forced to eternally roll a boulder up a hill only to have it fall every time. Numerous Twitter users made jokes referencing this story (examples shown below).


Imani Gandy @AngryBlackLady · 17h I have a joke about Sisyphus but l'm tired of telling it over and over and over and over Sydette Cosmic Dreaded Gorgon > @Blackamazon · 18h I've got a joke about Athena but it's a headache twitter.com/jshahryar/stat. Ed Solomon @ed_solomon · 18h I had a joke about Sisyphus but I had a joke about Sisyphus but I had a joke about Sisyphus but I had a joke about Sisyphus but I had a joke about Sisyphus but I had a joke about Sisyphus but I had a joke about Sisyphus but I had Mammina Moderna @MercuryRenegade · 18h I had a joke about Leda, but it might ruffle some feathers. twitter.com/jshahryar/stat... Tristan Snell @TristanSnell My Sisyphus joke rocks.

On August 19th, Mashable[6] and the Daily Dot[7] reported on the trend specifically focusing on Sisyphus puns.

Various Examples


John Fugelsang @JohnFugelsang I've got a Sisyphus joke but it goes on forever Natan Last ... @natanlast I have a Sisyphus joke but-wait, I botched the set-up, lemme start over. I have a Sisyphus joke but-ha, sorry, that's still not it. I have a Sisyphus jo Sydette Cosmic Dreaded Gorgon @Blackamazon I've got a joke about Athena but it's a headache Motley Jëw @ShammaBoyarin I had a joke about Polyphemus but nobody would get it. Mammina Moderna @MercuryRenegade I had a joke about Leda, but it might ruffle some feathers. Arthur Chu ... @arthur_affect I had a joke about the Augean Stables but it was s-----

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