"Why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?” is a jocular question that has been cited in print since at least 1988. The comedian Gallagher was credited for using the joke in 1989 and probably popularized the joke in his comedy shows earlier in the 1980s.
More of the Straight Dope
By Cecil Adams (Ed Zotti)
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
Why do we drive on the parkway and park in the driveway?— Deidra N., Baltimore
23 May 1989, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), pg. 6C, col. 6:
Houston Astros pitcher Larry Andersen is, well, kind of a strange guy.
For instance, he would like to know why you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
24 October 1989, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, “Gallagher hammers home his message” by Dee Ann Rexroat, pg. 8A, col. 2:
You drive on a parkway, and park on a driveway.
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1 December 1989, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “After the 2nd millennium a decade comes to naught” by Brian O’Neill, pg. B1, cols. 1-2:
I hadn’t been this perplexed since 1 heard a comic ask, “Why do people park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?”
The Gospel Through the Windshield:
A Devotional for Drivers
By Joseph William Seaborn
Indianapolis, IN: Wesley Press
It’s a little confusing, but in America we park on driveways and drive on parkways.
28 July 1991, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Here’s the Pitch,” pg. D2:
The world’s 10 most perplexing questions, courtesy of San Diego Padres reliever Larry Andersen (drum roll, please):
Why do you drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?
Naked Pictures of Famous People
By Jon Stewart
New York, NY: Perennial
Once, right before dessert, Jesus said to no one in particular, “Why do people park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?” It was kind of funny.
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