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Trid Island Is the Island of Trids

RT Cunningham | July 1, 2021 (UTC) | Humor

TridsThis Trids joke was told to me sometime in July 1984, while I was stationed with a helicopter squadron at the Marine Corps base in Hawaii. If you search the internet for the punchline, you’ll find hundreds of variations. I’ll explain the punchline, after the joke, because you may not understand why it’s supposed to be funny.

The Island of Trids

There’s an island in the Pacific Ocean called Trid Island. The people who live there are called Trids, naturally. That is, except for the giant who lives on the mountain, and the religious leader. The Trids don’t believe in birth control.

When the number of people increased to the point where the food resources below the mountain could barely sustain them, groups of Trids would attempt to climb the mountain. Fruit, vegetables and animals were plentiful on the mountain. Unfortunately, when they started climbing the mountain, from any side of it, a giant would appear and kick each one of them back down the mountain.

This routine went on for months, until the Trids decided to seek assistance from their religious leader, the rabbi. The rabbi went with a group of the Trids as they attempted, yet again, to climb the mountain. As expected, the giant kicked each Trid, one at a time, back down the mountain. Except for the rabbi, that is. Confused, the rabbi asked the giant why he was spared.

The giant replied, “Silly rabbi! Kicks are for Trids!”

The Punchline

Trix is an American breakfast cereal made by General Mills. It’s been around since 1954. I don’t know about recently, but back in the 1960s and 1970s, I saw the television commercials regularly, usually on Saturdays. That’s when children’s cartoons and TV shows aimed at children aired on broadcast television.

In the commercials, the rabbit would always steal the Trix cereal from the children. The children would take it back from him and say, “Silly rabbit! Trix are for kids!”

It’s just a twist on words, and it doesn’t make sense unless you remember the Trix commercials from your youth. It’s silly, and you can be easily forgiven if you don’t find it funny at all.

Image Attribution: Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

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