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Entry from July 12, 2018
“What do you get if you stuff your computer’s disk drive with herbs?"/"A thyme machine.”

A computer “time machine” pun has been cited in print since at least 2002:

Q: What do you get if you stuff your computer’s disk drive with herbs?
A: A thyme machine.



Actrix Newsletter September 2002
What do you get if you stuff your computer’s disk drive with herbs?
A thyme machine.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Banned Classics
nemo
10/12/03
(...)
A novel about industrialised herb production:
The Thyme Machine.

1 April 2005, The Daily Mirror (London, UK), “Our Resident Comic’s Joke of the Day,” pg. 38:
Q: WHAT do you get if you plant a herb in Doctor Who’s Tardis?
A: A thyme machine

Twitter
Bollywood Sargam
@bollywoodsargam
Computer jokes - 733 Joke: What do you get if you stuff your computer’s disk drive with herbs? A thyme machine.. http://bit.ly/Buboc
11:39 PM - 12 Aug 2009

Twitter
Alan in Belfast
@alaninbelfast
What do you get if you stuff your MacBook’s DVD drive with herbs? A thyme machine #awfuljokes (adapted)
3:48 PM - 27 Oct 2009

Google Books
Just Jokes:
A Collection of Kids Jokes

By Phyllis Agles-Johnson
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2010
Pg. 81:
Q: What do you get if you cross an herb and Dr. Who?
A: A Thyme machine!

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
Pg. ?:
What do you get if you stuff your computer’s disk drive with herbs? A thyme machine.

Reddit—Puns
I’m trying to create an automated contraption for growing herbs. (self.puns)
submitted June 22, 2014 by thegimboid
I think it’ll be the world’s first Thyme Machine.

Twitter
lorraine Jo King
@LahLahBean
#badjokethursday
What do you get if you stuff your computer’s disk drive with herbs?
A thyme machine.
3:14 PM - 12 Jul 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
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