The Best Gorilla Joke Of 1897 meme and original joke.

The Best Gorilla Joke Of 1897

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The Best Gorilla Joke Of 1897 refers to a joke told from the point of view of an escaped zoo gorilla where it asks a zookeeper if they've heard about the escaped gorilla. The zookeeper says they have not, then the gorilla says, "That is because I am a quiet gorilla" and mauls them, described through the caption "[Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]." The joke is not actually from 1897 and was first posted by the Tumblr page thatsbelievable in September 2020.

Origin

On September 22nd, 2020, Tumblr[1] page thatsbelievable posted an image resembling an old newspaper cutout titled "The Best Gorilla Joke of 1897," followed by a joke where a gorilla asks a zookeeper, "Did you hear about the gorilla who escaped from the zoo?" The zookeeper responds, "No, I did not" and the gorilla says, "That is because I am a quiet gorilla," followed by bracketed text reading, "[Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]" as if the gorilla is mauling the zookeeper. The post gained over 141,000 notes in a year (shown below). There is no evidence pointing to the joke actually being from 1897.


The Best Gorilla Joke of 1897 Gorilla: Did you hear about the gorilla who escaped from the zoo? Zookeeper: No, I did not. Gorilla: That is because I am a quiet gorilla. {Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]

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The image of the joke spread online over the course of the year. It quickly inspired memes referencing it. On September 24th, 2020, YouTuber[3] Garold the Great posted a video using simple animation to imagine the joke in real life, gaining over 1,800 views in a year (shown below).



The original image was posted to Reddit board /r/1800HavingFun[2] on January 6th, 2021, gaining over 1,400 upvotes nine months. On January 9th, Redditor i_consume_lean posted a comic to /r/dogelore[6] consisting of five slides recreating the joke with Doge characters, gaining over 4,000 upvotes in nine months (shown below).


u/i consume_lean presents The Best Gorilla Joke of 1897 bear about the gorilla Dd you wko cscaped froutike zo0? No. I have not. That is becaitse Iam a quiel gorilla. Maffed comads of gorilla videuce Thee End

On January 21st, DeviantArt[4] user HareMadness posted a comic imagining the incident, gaining over 4,000 views in nine months (shown below, left). On May 18th, Tumblr[5] user pillsburries posted a comic doing the same, gaining over 3,300 notes in five months (shown below, right).


DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE GORILLA WHO ESCAPED FROM THE NO I DID ZO0? NOT 200 Keeper THAT'S BECAUSE I'M A VERY QUIET GORILLA Gorilla: Did you hear about the gorilla who escaped from the zoo? No, I did not. Gorilla: That is because I am a quiet gorilla. {Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]

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