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Old 07-11-2005, 12:43 PM
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Explain the 'Prince Albert in a can' joke to me, please

OK, so the thread about Price Albert's illegitimate child reminded me of a joke I often hear repeated on TV and inmovies, or maybe in a joke book for kids or something, that is a prank call. For those unfamiliar with it, it goes:

Caller: Excuse me, but do you have Prince Albert in a can?

Callee: Yes. (Why they say yes I ahve no idea...)

Caller: Then you'd better let him out!


So..umm...I don't get it. Why does the callee admit to having Prince ALbert in a can?
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:45 PM
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The way I heard it was "Count Hamilton" which is a brand of pipe tobacco around here. I imagine Prince Albert is another substance.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:46 PM
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You'd call a store to ask the question -- Prince Albert was a brand of pipe tobacco that came in cans.
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IIRC, Prince Albert was once a popular brand of tobacco. It came in cans.
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They say yes because its a product -- pipe tobacco I believe -- and it comes in both a pouch and a can.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:49 PM
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"What are you DOING in there?!"

Prince Albert is still in the can.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:53 PM
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i've not heard this variation myself. when i was a kid it was "robin hood by the bag" (flour) and "olive oil in a jar"
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:54 PM
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Ahhhh. I guess I'm jsut too much of a youngin' to know about this kind of stuff. Either that, or not enough of a smoker.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:55 PM
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Just out of curiosity:

Is your refrigerator running?
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:56 PM
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Oh, and before anyone brings this up, the Prince Albert in question does NOT refer to Queen Victoria's husband, but her eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (King Edward VII). Prince Albert Sr. NEVER smoked, but his son smoked like a chimney. The illustration on the package is clearly that of Albert Jr., too.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:58 PM
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Could you ask everyone if Amanada Hugenkiss is there? Or just got Helen Wate and ask her.
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The original prank was to call a tobacconist, or more commonly a corner candy store or some other place that sold tobacco products, and ask them this question. Many places used to sell Prince Albert tobacco in a can.

We had a long thread some time ago on the proper way to phrase the question, and what the exact interpretation was supposed to be.

The question may be phrased as either "Prince Albert in a can," or "Prince Albert in the can." Some think that the joke is that you have Prince Albert in a small can, as implied by the first formulation. Others say this is ridiculous, since the Prince obviously couldn't fit in a small can, and the joke is that you have Prince Albert locked in your bathroom, as implied in the second formulation.

I always though the second one was right, but apparently many others heard it the first way. YMMV
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:04 PM
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I bought a Prince Albert can. I giggled.
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by GingerOfTheNorth
I bought a Prince Albert can. I giggled.
That's nuthin'. I used to have a cat named Prince Albert in a Can (Bert for short).

He was grey, geneologically (and indeed, taxanomically) unrelated to the Hanovers, and he didn't smoke. He did however, like to explore cans (and boxes, and heating ducts).

Er...what was the question again?



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Old 07-11-2005, 01:16 PM
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Hey, is Hugh Jass there? How about Heywood Jablomee?
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:23 PM
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I once visited Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. And I definitely spent some of that time in the can.
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:34 PM
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If your Prince Albert is in your can, then you should probably sue your piercer.
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They say yes because its a product -- pipe tobacco I believe -- and it comes in both a pouch and a can.
Right and it had to be asked if the store had it in the can because it came in both cans and pouches. If it only came in cans there would be no need to ask.
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I have a collection of joke names, and one is Anita Nothershot. A friend was sitting at the end of the bar, and she cellphoned the bartender to ask if Anita Nothershot was there. The bartender paged Anita Nothershot, and several folks at the bar raised their hands.
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Old 07-11-2005, 02:21 PM
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Old 07-11-2005, 02:29 PM
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Being a phone prankster in my youth, I always thought the proper phrasing was "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?"

This phone prank is widely known (Bill Murray uses it in "Quick Change").

About 20 years ago, The Boston Globe devoted a full page story to Prince Albert tobacco. And what do you think was the subject of the starting paragraphs of that article ?
Among other things, they mentioned that Prince Albert tobacco would no longer be sold in cans. (1 - too expensive and 2 - pouch keeps the tobacco fresher than the can). And of course with the tobacco no longer in cans, the Boston Globe mentioned that the old phone prank was no longer practical.
Sadly, another part of our culture fading into the past.
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Old 07-11-2005, 02:33 PM
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Apologies is someone mentioned this and I missed it, but there is more to the joke as I've heard it done than that Prince Albert came in a can. (Sorry to hear it no longer does.) The can had a lever built into it to pop the lid. The sound of pulling the lever vaguely resembled the sound of a phone being hung up. Which is what you're supposed to do (in this version of the joke) a few seconds after asking the question.
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Old 07-11-2005, 03:57 PM
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My father once showed me another joke involving Prince Albert in a can. With a little judicious scratching at the writing on the back, you can eliminate some words and letters to leave something like "Pa laid on Ma and made sis and me" or something like that. I guess it was the precursor to "Push butt. Rub hands under arm" seen in so many bathrooms.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:02 PM
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I have a collection of joke names, and one is Anita Nothershot. .
Wasn't she married to Erasmus B. Dragon?
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That's nuthin'. I used to have a cat named Prince Albert in a Can (Bert for short).

He was grey, geneologically (and indeed, taxanomically) unrelated to the Hanovers, and he didn't smoke. He did however, like to explore cans (and boxes, and heating ducts).

Er...what was the question again?



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Well, technically your cat and Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (father and son) shared a common ancestor in the latest Cretaceous or Paleocene among the basal placental mammals.

Which is perhaps the nittiest nit I've ever picked on this board.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:14 PM
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Well, whaddyaknow... It's pipe tobacco. In a can. Just like here. Some jokes do translate.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:26 PM
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Old 07-11-2005, 09:02 PM
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I once visited Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. And I definitely spent some of that time in the can.
IMHO, that's the best place to spend time in PA, Saskatchewan.
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I heard the joke a little differently.

CALLER: Beggin' your pardon, guvnor. Would you perchance possess Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in a cannister recepticle?

GUVNOR: Indeed. We have munificent quantities of aforementioned gerund.

CALLER: Guffaw. It behooves you to facilitate His egress and emancipation! Most cannister recepticles contain Lilliputian quantities of oxygen-rich componds and provide an inadequate habitat for Hapsburg monarchs!

GUVNOR: I think I perceive your dilemma. Be not lachrymose! Our quantities of Nicotiania exceed our current allotment of denizens of the Second Etat.
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Do you like it in the can?
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Wasn't she married to Erasmus B. Dragon?
No, that was Ophelia Rasse.
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:03 AM
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Wasn't she married to Erasmus B. Dragon?
Of course the officials at Ellis Island americanized that name, it was originally Xavier Onassis.

You could make a career out of cultural references that are fading into obscurity. Many of us late baby boomers grew up on a steady diet of Warner Brothers cartoons which had heavy doses of catchprhases from radio shows back in the '30s and '40s.
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I'm surprised that no-one has addressed the OP's question:

It was a brand of tobacco sold in both pouches and cans.
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Old 07-12-2005, 12:14 PM
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IMHO, that's the best place to spend time in PA, Saskatchewan.
With the bathroom door locked, it is the safest too.

*grumbles about her piece of crap town with piece of crap crime rates and piece of crap citizens*

Ironically, it seems no one here in Prince Albert giggles over the name, but most people outside of the prairies certainly do.
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I'm surprised that no-one has addressed the OP's question:

It was a brand of tobacco sold in both pouches and cans.
You better let him out, he's suffocating!
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Old 07-12-2005, 01:04 PM
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x-ray vision:

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Do you like it in the can?
Certainly did - considering that I had just come through Saskatoon, where no gas stations seemed to have an available one.

Quote:
IMHO, that's the best place to spend time in PA, Saskatchewan.
Nah, there are two little museums there that were kind of fun to visit.

That took about 30 minutes, and then we were on the road south to Regina.
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I have a collection of joke names, and one is Anita Nothershot. A friend was sitting at the end of the bar, and she cellphoned the bartender to ask if Anita Nothershot was there. The bartender paged Anita Nothershot, and several folks at the bar raised their hands.
The phone book ( remember those? ) here used to have a listing for "Henoder Titsoff". I later heard that the number belonged to a frat house.
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I'm surprised that no-one has addressed the OP's question:
Aside from posts #5 and #18.
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Which reminds one of the old joke about the Canadian psychologist administering the word association test:

"Knife?" "Fork."
"House?" "Garage."
"Tree? "Leaf."
"Vagina?" "Saskatchewan."

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The phone book ( remember those? ) here used to have a listing for "Henoder Titsoff". I later heard that the number belonged to a frat house.
Which frat was that? I Phelta Thi or Tappa Kegga Bru?
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