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Viral 'why did the school end early' joke was never meant to make sense

Amber Peake August 5, 2022
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Why did the school end early? Because of fettuccine macaroni tuna dip apparently. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. 

The joke has perplexed users on TikTok recently as they try to understand what a pasta dip has to do with a school ending early.

While the ‘why did the school end early?’ joke has left many scratching their heads, others have begun offering possible meanings behind the nonsensical answer.

However, despite the confusion, the boy behind the now-viral gag has claimed the joke was never meant to make sense.

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The ‘why did the school end early?’ joke goes viral

The joke first hit TikTok in July via a video uploaded by TikToker Dominic DiTanna. The creator, who has 3.8 million followers on the video-sharing platform, is known for his video series Boardwalk shows in which he interviews local people and passers-by. 

In the series as well as asking people questions/ jokes, he sometimes invites people to tell a joke of their own. One particular video last month saw a young lad tell his ‘why did the school end early?’ joke and the moment went viral. 

In the video, the boy fires back with the punchline “fettuccine macaroni tuna dip” as he erupts into laughter at his own gag. 

The post has amassed more than four million views and almost 380,000 likes. But as the joke has made its rounds on TikTok, more and more users have taken to the video’s comments in search of its meaning as they try to understand why a pasta dip made the school end early.

Redditors try to crack the meaning

Discussions on the meaning behind the ‘why did the school end early?’ joke’s nonsensical answer have also crossed over to Reddit as users share their thoughts on its interpretation. 

One user suggested a possible meaning could be that school ended early because the whole school was turned into food, the fettuccine macaroni tuna dip. On a similar vibe, another suggested the school in question was a “school of fish” and it ended early because they were made into the tuna pasta dip.  

A third echoed this idea as they wrote: “The school of fish ended because they were made into fettuccine macaroni tuna dip – emphasis on tuna.” A fourth user suggested the context behind the joke could have been the food served in the hypothetical school’s cafeteria may have caused widespread sickness, causing it to close early. 

Others thought the joke’s answer could also be a code. One Redditor suggested the first letter of each word of the joke’s answer, FMTD, could be an acronym. 

Another added the phrase could have an alternative meaning when said slowly similar to the Gibberish Challenge, which went viral on TikTok in 2020. Giving an example of their thoughts, the user wrote: “Fed a genie my caroni too ‘n I dip.” 

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It’s not meant to make sense, apparently

In the original video shared by TikToker Dominic DiTanna, the boy behind the now viral joke was tagged

As you can imagine, curious users have flocked to the comments of the jokester’s videos to demand to know the real meaning behind the joke. 

In one particular video, someone wrote: “Can you explain the joke? It went straight over my head.” In response, the lad admitted: “It’s not supposed to make sense.”

While it seems the intention behind the gag was to leave people confused, another Redditor joked the gag could have still landed with a different set of words: “The punchline could have been ‘transmission, spark plug, carburetor’ same joke!”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.