I have no idea if this is a universal joke or not. It works in the UK. At least, I hope it does.

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2016-07-03 Itchy and Knee in Eco Warrior, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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[Knee gets a glass of water, but the filter jug is unaccountably low on water. Knee examines the jug...]
Knee: "Itchy ... why is there a house brick in the filter jug?"
Itchy: "BECAUSE, Knee, it's to save water, OBVIOUSLY."