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Entry from March 10, 2018
“Did you hear the story of the boy who spoke to legumes? Jack and the Beans Talk”

The fairy tale of “Jack and the Benstalk” is sometimes punned as “Jack and the Beans Talk.” A riddle was posted on the newsgroup alt.religion.rabbet on April 23, 2003:

Q: How did the giant’s wife know that Jack was coming?
A: She could hear Jack and the beans talk.


A different riddle has been cited in print since at least 2008:

Q: Why was there always a conversation going on in the garden?
A: Because Jack and the beans talk.


“Did you hear the story of the boy who spoke to legumes? Jack and the Beans Talk” was posted on Reddit—3amjokes on March 10, 2018.


Wikipedia: Jack and the Beanstalk
“Jack and the Beanstalk” is an English fairy tale. It appeared as “The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean” in 1734 and as Benjamin Tabart’s moralised “The History of Jack and the Bean-Stalk” in 1807. Henry Cole, publishing under pen name Felix Summerly, popularised the tale in The Home Treasury (1845), and Joseph Jacobs rewrote it in English Fairy Tales (1890). Jacobs’ version is most commonly reprinted today, and is believed to be closer to the oral versions than Tabart’s because it lacks the moralising.

Google Groups: rec.arts.books.childrens
Jack and The Beanstalk - 4 hour miniseries???
Fred Bortz
10/19/99
(...)
Fred, who is thinking of writing the Wall Street version, “Jack and the Bean Stock,” or the call-in radio version, “Jack and the Beans Talk.”

Google Groups: alt.religion.rabbet
Humor from the Net
Bill McCray
4/23/03
(...)
How did the giant’s wife know that Jack was coming?
She could hear Jack and the beans talk.  (Syman Hirsch)

Google Books
Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest, Joke Book Ever
Edited by Ilana Weitzman
New York, NY: Workman Publishing
2006
Pg. 14:
How did the giant’s wife know that Jack was coming?
She could hear Jack and the beans talk!

6 May 2008, Liverpool (UK) Echo, “Your Jokes,” pg. 20:
Why was there always a conversation going on in the garden?
Because Jack and the beans talk.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes:
Humour for the whole family

Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. ?:
Why was there always a conversation going on in the garden?
Because Jack and the beans talk.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Nem025 - New pantomime
nemo
10/10/11
Story about a young chap who imagined he could hear legumes chatting: Jack and the Beans’ Talk.

Reddit—Punny
Did you hear the story about the boy who found some talking beans? (self.Punny)
submitted January 23, 2012 by Majillionaire
It’s called Jack and the beans talk.

Google Books
Whizzpopping Joke Book
By Roald Dahl
London, UK: Puffin Books
2016
Pg. 39:
Why is there always a conversation going on in the garden?
Because Jack and the beans talk.

Reddit—Dad Jokes
I’m going to write a book about a guy named Jack who talks to his food (self.dadjokes)
submitted November 6, 2016 by schlagzeug
I’ll call it “Jack and the beans talk”
...my 5 year old thought it was funny, my wife, not so much.

Twitter
James Baker
@JB_MusicComic
Went to a pantomime, saw a bloke on stage chatting to Heinz tins. It was Jack And The Beans Talk #1PUN
4:35 AM - 28 Dec 2016

Twitter
Gentle Gamer
@gf3
jack and the beans talk? no thanks. like my beans silent
11:32 AM - 21 Aug 2017

Twitter
choke
@chokeules
A chilling scene from my new play, Jack And The Beans Talk
Jack: wassup beans
Beans: chillin
Jack: cool beans
12:53 PM - 5 Mar 2018

Reddit—3amjokes
Did you hear the story of the boy who spoke to legumes? self.3amjokes
Submitted March 10, 2018 by HereComesCthulhu
Jack and the Beans Talk

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, March 10, 2018 • Permalink