There is evidence that this joke dates back to Roman times: Satire VI by Juvenal says that one cannot be happy while one's mother-in-law is still alive. Most of the mother-in-law jokes are easily translatable to other languages and are easily understandable in most European cultures.
In a book on cartooning written by Dave Breger, the author lists a series of "tired gags," and gives a suggestion on how to exploit them. In his illustration, Breger and his wife go to a museum and see a Tyrannosaurus skeleton. Mrs. Breger says, "And no funny remarks, please, about that Mother called or something..."
DECEMBER JOBLESS RATES INCREASE SEASONALLY IN MOST OF MICHIGAN'S REGIONAL LABOR MARKETS; 2007 ANNUAL JOBLESS RATES UP SLIGHTLY IN MOST AREAS
Jan 25, 2008; The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth issued the following news release: Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates...
Wide and Growing Income Gaps in Most States, New Report Finds Rich Pulling Away from Low- and Middle-Income Households
Nov 15, 2012; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities: The gaps between the incomes of...