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Entry from January 10, 2018
“How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb?” (riddle)

A popular “lightbulb joke” about divorced men is:

Q: How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Who cares? They never get the house anyway.


This version was posted on the newsgroup soc.culture.thai on March 2, 1994:

Q: How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None, all the lamps went with the house.



Google Groups: soc.culture.thai
Skip this if you don’t like jokes
Tanin Uthayanaka
3/2/94
I ain’t telling where I got it from...so there…
Q: How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None, all the lamps went with the house.

Google Groups: bit.listserv.skeptic
More Dark Suckers a.k.a. Lightbulbs
Daniel Chinen
12/14/94
Warning: Nothing but lightbulb jokes in this post.  Delete now or forever hold your flames....
Q: How many divorced men does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: NONE, The fixtures go with the house…

Google Groups: ott.singles
How Many Divorced Men Does It Take......?
Paul Longpre
5/11/96
How many divorced men does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Zero. The woman always ends up with the house in a divorce.

Google Books
Splitting Up:
Divorce, Culture, and the Search for a Real Life

By Larry Frolick
Tonawanda, NY: Hounslow Press
1998
Pg. 110:
Q: How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None — they never get the house.

24 December 1998, The Sun (London, UK), “The season of goodwill, Twiglets and ginger wine” by Jane Moore, pg. 15:
HOW many divorced men does it take to change a lightbulb?
No one knows - they never get the house.
S Stevens, e-mail.

Google Books
Jokes Insults Quips & More
By Kooper Salmo
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2016
Pg. ?:
How many divorced men does it take to change a lightbulb?—Who cares? They never get the house anyway.

Google Books
Have You Heard the One About . . .:
More Than 500 Side-Splitting Jokes!

By Justin Sedgwick
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2017
Pg. ?:
How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb?
Who cares? They never get the house anyway.

Reddit—Jokes
How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb?
submitted January 10, 2018 by aaaaroooon
No one knows. They never get to keep the house.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 • Permalink