Tired joke

Surely Kansans aren’t the only ones who’ve heard enough about Dorothy and Toto.

March 30, 2011


If the punch line comes too easy, maybe it’s better to pass on making the joke.

On Monday, the day after Kansas lost its game with Virginia Commonwealth and a chance to advance to the Final Four, the Wall Street Journal played to the lowest common denominator. The venerable newspaper published a photo of a dejected Jayhawk opposite a photo of Toto and Judy Garland as Dorothy. Between the photos was the headline, “Toto, I’ve got a feeling Kansas is not in it anymore.”

Funny, right? Um, no. You see, the joke is just plain old.

Once a Kansan steps out of the Sunflower State and is asked, “So, where are you from?” it’s likely the next thing you will hear from your new friend is, “So, how’s Dorothy?”

Like we’ve never heard that one at least 100 times before, and each time it gets more grating. There’s nothing original about it.

Sure, we’re smarting from the loss to VCU, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a sense of humor. Tell us a good joke and we will laugh.

So, enough with the banal “Wizard of Oz” references.

Can’t we just talk about the weather instead?


Gandalf 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey, I would much rather Kansas be famous for Dorothy and Toto, than phelps or creationism!

jonthebaptist 7 years, 1 month ago

The wizard of oz quip has been replaced with, "do you know Fred Phelps?" or similar. I like that change. It's a goody.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 1 month ago

Kansas and Kansans have promoted the Dorothy-Toto-Oz themes for many years. If Kansans are tired of it, then we should stop referencing it ourselves.

Kontum1972 7 years, 1 month ago

i would tell them i put Toto on a spit ......with a side of kansas sweet corn.

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 1 month ago

I think we are lucky that people associate us with such a wonderful story as the Wizard of OZ.

It is the only thing we have to offset the stories about dumb politicians.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 1 month ago

Better than jokes about our legislature or our Muscular Governor "on loan from god."

ScottyMac 7 years, 1 month ago

When I hear Toto, I usually think of Rosanna or sometimes Pamela. Who is this Dorothy? Must be on one of their later albums nobody ever listens to.

jmadison 7 years, 1 month ago

Dorothy's goal was to get back to Kansas.

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