Carmen was born in Western Canada, but her family soon moved to Eastern Canada and settled in Metcalfe, Ontario. Here she lived in closer proximity to the Newfoundland and Labrador province and had more exposure to jokes of this nature.
I (Kathryn) was sitting in my bedroom in Provo, Utah. I had called my mom (Carmen) to talk. We were video chatting on our phones, both curled up on our respective beds. We were hundreds of miles apart, but still experienced a face to face interaction.
Perhaps due to the wide variety of cultures, Canadians have regional stereotypes that categorize jokes into several sub-genres. "Newfie" jokes are about the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. In these jokes, "Newfies" are often portrayed as less educated, less intelligent, and lacking in common sense, tact, and social awareness.
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this joke was collected via FaceTime with the Informant and transcribed on a word document after the fact. Oral consent for this item to be used was granted by the informant during this call.
An American, a Canadian, and a Newfie who work together are all eating lunch. The American opens his lunchbox and says, "I swear, if I get one more tuna sandwich I'm going to kill myself." The Canadian opens his lunchbox and says, "I swear, if I get one more peanut butter and jelly sandwich I'm going to kill myself." The Newfie opens his lunchbox and says, "I swear, if I get a bologna sandwich one more time I'm going to kill myself." The next day, they all get the exact same lunches. So, they all kill themselves. They were friends, so their widows decide to have a joint funeral and wake. At the wake, the widows are sitting and mourning together. The American's wife says, "Oh, if only he told me he didn't like tuna!" The Canadian's wife says, "Oh, if only he told me he didn't like peanut butter and jelly!" Then the Newfie's wife says, "Oh, if only he stopped packing his own lunches!"