‘Mis-sold TDI’ joke recall could affect millions

It emerged last night that the Office of Originality (OoO) is set to launch a major recall of jokes based on the recent diesel emissions scandal. Plans are being drawn up which will allow anyone who has mistakenly used a ‘mis-sold TDI’ joke to retract their comment, freeing up space on the internet and helping to clear the streets of hot air.

The ‘hilarious’ pun is based on the not-that-funny-at-all Payment protection insurance (PPI) and many people in the UK will have received an unwelcome call or text telling them they may have been “mis-sold PPI.” But officials are now warning “enough is enough.”

In the same way Volkswagen probably wanted the dieselgate scandal to disappear in a cloud of smoke, many people hoped the ‘mis-sold TDI’ jokes would stop. But there are reports of the gag still being used by excitable parents at the school gates, in staff canteens and on public transport.

Indeed, social media remains clogged with the PPI-based hilarity.

Speaking on behalf of the OoO, David Edgar said: “For approximately three minutes and 24 seconds, the ‘mis-sold TDI’ gag was funny and original, but three weeks on, the joke is wearing a little thin. We hope this recall will allow people to consider their actions and to wipe the slate clean.

“We’re still evaluating the best course of action, but anyone affected by the recall can expect a lukewarm cup of tea and an assurance that no further action will need to be taken. We have moved quickly as we feel this will be of benefit to all those affected by the scandal.”

The recall was welcomed by Perry Pastiche, CEO of Crimes Against Comedy (CAC), who said: “We want people to get back to posting photos of small kittens and sharing videos of cyclists and drivers having shouting matches in the street. Nobody wants to hear another TDI gag.”

Meanwhile, anyone who is told the joke for the umpteenth time is advised to stay calm and appear amused by the unoriginal quip. To help anyone affected by the scandal, the OoO will launch a YouTube video providing step-by-step instructions on how to look surprised and a warning that violence is not an appropriate response.

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The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.


  1. October 8, 2015

    Keep calm and carry on? That’s the advice?

  2. October 10, 2015

    Honestly, who gives a toss? I’ve had four VW TDi engines over the last six years or so (two Golfs, a Passat and a Skoda) and they’ve all been very good. It’s possible I guess that they might have choked a few more trees than originally anticipated, but there are plenty of other trees left in the world. Fact is, most people who are into cars aren’t particularly into the environment. Otherwise they would be on Brompton bikes.


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