A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 24, 2013
“A neutron walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

A neutron walks into a bar and asks the bartender, “How much for a beer?” The bartender replies, “For you, no charge.”

The popular “neutron walks into a bar...” bar joke has been cited in print since at least 1996.  “Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar...” is another bar joke that is frequently paired with this one.


Google Groups: alt.comedy.british
Neutron joke
Keith Jenkins
6/2/96
A little titterer for al you particle physicists out there.
A neutron walks into a bar and orders a beer.  the bartender gives it to him, and the neutron asks, so how much do I owe you?  the bartender says, “for you...no charge”
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Citypaper (Philadelphia, PA)
November 21–28, 1996
CITIC PICK
Don McMillan
Don McMillan, the tall, lanky, red-haired guy from the Budweiser commercials, cracks me up. (...) While his comedy derives more from his awkward stature (he’s 6 feet 5 inches tall and has size 15 feet) than from his scientific background, he throws a few curveballs from chemistry class in for good measure: “A neutron walks into a bar and asks the bartender how much a drink costs and the bartender replies, ‘For you, no charge.’”
Nov. 27 & 29-Dec. 1, Catch a Rising Star, 221 South St., 440-4242.
— Brian Howard

30 October 1997, Orange (TX) Leader, “Internet has plenty of pun-gent stories” by Joe Murray, pg. 4A, col. 4:
A neutron goes into a bar and asks the bartender, “How much for a beer?” The bartender replies, “For you, no charge.”

A Prairie Home Companion - Jokes 1999
April 6, 1999
Two for the science crowd…
#1: Two atoms walk into a bar. They sit down, order beers, and start talking. One atom says, “Uh-oh.""What’s wrong?” asks the second atom.The first atom says, “I think I lost an electron.” The second atom says, “That’s terrible! Are you sure?” “Yes,” replys the first atom. “I’m positive!”

#2A neutron walks into a bar and orders a beer. He drinks it and gets up to leave. He asks the bartender, “How much to I owe you?” The bartender looks at the neutron and says, “For you? No charge.”
Mike Richards,Age: 17

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Humor
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
New York, NY: Carroll & Graf
2000
Pg. 52:
A neutron walked into a bar and asked the bartender “How much for a beer?” The bartender said: “For you, no charge.”

Neatorama
Physics Joke: A Neutron Walked Into a Bar ...
Alex Santoso • Friday, October 10, 2008 at 12:09 AM
So, a neutron walked into a bar and said “I’d like a beer, please.”
After the bartender gave him one, he said “How much will that be?”
“For you?” said the bartender “No charge.”

Google Books
A Neutron Walks into a Bar—
Random Facts and Big Ideas About Our Universe and Everything in It

By Science140
Dublin: Hachette Books Ireland
2012
Pg. ?:
A neutron walks into a bar, orders a beer, and asks, ‘How much?’ Barman says, ‘For you, no charge.’ Boom,boom!

Posted by Barry Popik
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