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Entry from May 10, 2020
“I hate Russian dolls. They’re so full of themselves”

A popular jokes is told about Matryoshka dolls, also called Russian dolls or nesting dolls.

“RT @sillybeggar ‘Russian dolls are really full of themselves’” was posted on Twitter by Ryan Meader on February 23, 2010. “I hate Russian dolls. They’re so full of themselves. (via @markhughes3000)” was posted on Twitter by Tom Davenport on March 30, 2010.

“I hate Russian dolls, they’re so full of themselves” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on November 19, 2015.


Wikipedia: Matryoshka doll
Matryoshka dolls (Russian: матрёшка, IPA: [mɐˈtrʲɵʂkə]; also known as Babushka dolls, stacking dolls, nesting dolls, Russian tea dolls, or Russian dolls) are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. The name matryoshka, literally “little matron”, is a diminutive form of Russian female first name “Matryona” (Матрёна) or “Matryosha”.

A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure, which separates at the middle, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside of it, and so on.

The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by wood turning craftsman and wood carver Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of any gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood.

Twitter
James Spence
@artofspence
Russian dolls are really full of themselves.
4:00 PM · Feb 23, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Ryan Meader
@ryancmeader
RT @sillybeggar “Russian dolls are really full of themselves.”
4:09 PM · Feb 23, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
RobynMcIntyre
@robynmcintyre
Oy. RT @sillybeggar: Russian dolls are really full of themselves.
4:14 PM · Feb 23, 2010·TweetDeck

Twitter
Tom Davenport
@TomDavenport
I hate Russian dolls. They’re so full of themselves. (via @markhughes3000)
6:56 AM · Mar 30, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
jash
@jashmusic
HAHA! I hate Russian dolls. They’re so full of themselves. (via @markhughes3000) (via @TomDavenport)
8:15 AM · Mar 30, 2010·Twitter Web Client

11 July 2010, The People (London, UK), “Joke of the Week,” pg. 14:
I hate Russian Dolls…
They’re so full of themselves.
That joke wins pounds 25 for Zahid Hussain, of Swansea, South Wales.

Twitter
Stephen Fry
@stephenfry
I hate Russian Dolls, they’re so full of themselves …
5:56 AM · Jul 5, 2013·Tweetbot for iOS

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Agent4777 September 1, 2015
Russian nesting dolls are so full of themselves.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Fooldimi November 19, 2015
I hate Russian dolls, they’re so full of themselves.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/therealhymen September 17, 2016
I hate Russian dolls.
They’re so full of themselves.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/porichoygupto January 31, 2018
I hate Russian dolls.
They are so full of themselves.

Google Books
Those Russian Dolls… They’re So Full Of Themselves: Lined Notebook, Fun Gift Idea for Grumpy People
Corbico Publishing
Independently Published, Dec 22, 2019 - 122 pages

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Rav4xle May 11, 2020
I hate Russian dolls,
they’re so full of themselves.

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