How Many Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb

The lightbulb jokes often consist of triples. The first and second lines are setups for the third. Here, as an example, is a group based upon needling a neighboring state, a common inspiration for hostile humor.

How many Louisianians does it take to change a light bulb? Three: one to hold the ladder, one to screw in the bulb, and one to bribe officials for the permit.

How many Virginians? Three: one to hold the ladder, one to screw in the bulb, and one highly refined lady to remark how much lovelier the old bulb was.

How many Oregonians? Forty-two: one to hold the ladder, one to screw in the bulb, and forty to draft the environmental impact statement.

How many New Yorkers? A hundred and two: one to hold the ladder, one to screw in the bulb, and one hundred cops to make sure the first two aren't mugged. —Wall Street Journal

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