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Entry from July 18, 2020
Sam ‘n’ Ella (salmonella)

Salmonella (bacteria) has nothing to do with salmon (a fish) or anyone named Ella, but there are jokes.

“I heard that Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr. are buying out the Jewel Food Store chain. They’re going to call it Sam ‘n Ella’s!” was posted on the newsgroup net.jokes on April 29, 1985. “Knock knock?/ Who’s there?/ Salmonella./ Sam and Ella, who are they?” was posted on the newsgroup rec.humor on July 22, 1995.

“It’s Salmon (Rushdie—ed.), Ella!” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on November 19, 2001. “Sam ‘n Ella poisoning” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on April 15, 2004.

“My grandmother Eleanor gave me her fantastic seafood recipes. But nobody wants to try my Salmon Ella” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on July 22, 2020.


Wikipedia: Salmonella
Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped (bacillus) Gram-negative bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae. The two species of Salmonella are Salmonella enterica and Salmonella bongori. S. enterica is the type species and is further divided into six subspecies that include over 2,600 serotypes. Salmonella was named after Daniel Elmer Salmon (1850–1914), an American veterinary surgeon.

Google Groups: net.jokes
Under New Management
Nate Stelton
4/29/85
I heard that Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr. are buying out the Jewel Food Store chain.
They’re going to call it Sam ‘n Ella’s!
-etan

Newspapers.com
18 June 1987, The Times-News (Nephi, UT), pg. 6, col. 3:
Sam and Ella are chickens? No,
salmonella infects chickens!

by Dennis Hinkamp

Newspapers.com
14 February 1991, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, pg. 7G, col. 2:
Mark Berrang, a USDA microbiologist, speaks on the topic Who are “Sam ‘n’ Ella” and why are they coming to dinner? Discussion takes a look at high-risk food products and individuals and how often salmonella occurs.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Canonical List of Knock Knock
Colin Douthwaite
7/22/95
(...)
Knock knock?
Who’s there?
Salmonella.
Sam and Ella, who are they?

Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
Sam and Ella strikes again
Moosemeat
10/27/96
I keep hearing the scare stories about salmonella poisoning from woodencutting boards and wonder why we are all here

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Catch food poisoning over the phone!
nemo
11/19/01
Famous Asian author phones well known lady jazz singer.
Her secretary answers the phone and says, “It’s Salmon, Ella!”

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Finish the story…
Toolman Tim
4/15/04
Recently, after many lonely years, dear Ella finally found the man of her dreams. But everyone she talked to warned her not to marry her new friend Samuel. Sure enough, she didn’t listen. It wasn’t but a few short days after the wedding that both bride and groom were rushed to the local hospital emergency room...can you tell me why?

Toolman Tim
> Sam ‘n Ella poisoning

Reddit—Shittyaskscience
Posted by u/YesHunty September 7, 2015
Who are Sam and Ella, and why do they poison so many people?
They seem to really be unhappy with people.

Google Groups: sci.astro.amateur
A Safe Haven for Humanity?
Gary Harnagel
3/10/17
I like salmon, as long as it’s not served by Ella (I’ll have the salmon, Ella)

Twitter
baby natty Dizzy symbolSparkles
@littlenattyc
“sarah tonin? is that salmon ella’s cousin?” -
@s4ils
7:48 PM · Jul 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/hymie0 July 22, 2020
My grandmother Eleanor gave me her fantastic seafood recipes
But nobody wants to try my Salmon Ella.
COMMENTS
jolly2284
There’s something fishy about this joke.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, July 18, 2020 • Permalink