Phyllis Diller

Remembering Phyllis Diller (and 52,569 of her jokes) at the Smithsonian

Remembering Phyllis Diller (and 52,569 of her jokes) at the Smithsonian

Phyllis Diller is at the Smithsonian. No, that is not a joke.

Earlier this year, in conjunction with Women’s History Month, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History solicited volunteers to help transcribe the late stand-up comedian’s voluminous joke file, which had been donated to the august institution.

Three weeks and 52,569 jokes later, the job was completed.

Hanna BredenbeckCorp, project assistant for the museum, was impressed. “It took me four months to scan all the joke cards,” she said with a laugh. “It was heartwarming to see that everyone had such a personal connection to her. People were sharing memories on Twitter. It was really neat to see how...

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