Place item was collected
Informant's Apartment, Logan, Utah
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
John McClatchy is one of my roommates. He is 23 years old and was born and raised in Stansbury Park, Utah. John has been my roommate since August of 2016. John is a very busy person, pursuing a double major with two minors while attending Utah State University. He was attending Stansbury High School when he heard this joke.
John and his high school friends were sharing jokes when he first heard this. We were sitting in our living room and were bored, close to retiring to bed, keeping ourselves entertained when he told the joke. It was one of the first jokes of it’s kind of the conversation.
Okay… Chuck Norris once threw a grenade and killed fifty people [three second pause] and then it exploded.
John was doing homework when this joke was told. He was busy looking at his computer screen on our kitchen table and seemed to be almost bothered with having to share the joke. He turned to face me and recited the first part of the joke. He then turned back to his homework assignment on the computer, and then delivered the punchline. He was very distracted and told the joke quickly. He did, however, pause to dramatic effect before delivering the punchline in which we learn that the grenade killed people before it even exploded.
Introduction to Folklore/ENGL2210
Prof. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
Melville, Brad, "Chuck Norris's Grenade" (2017). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 132.