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 February 17, 2016
“A pirate walks into a bar with a paper towel on his head…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” A popular pirate version is:

“A pirate walks into a bar wearing a paper towel on his head. The bartender asks, ‘Why are you wearing that paper towel, matey?’ ‘Arrrgh!’ says the pirate. ‘I’ve got a bounty on me head!’”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2006. “A pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel sticking out of his pants...” is another pirate version that has been cited in print since 2000. “A towel walks into a bar...” is another “towel” bar joke that has been cited in print since 2015 and 2016.


PirateJokes.net
On March 15, 2006, barnacle bitten Cap’n Karikas said:
A pirate walks into a bar wearing a paper towel on his head. He sits down at the bar and orders some dirty rum.
The bartender asks, “Why are you wearing a paper towel?”
“Arrr...” says the pirate. “I’ve got a bounty on me head!”

WWdN: In Exile
it be talk like a pirate day, matey
Anne said...
Ok, this is the last lame pirate joke from me:
A pirate walks into a bar wearing a paper towel on his head. He sits down at the bar and orders some dirty rum.
The bartender asks, “Why are you wearing a paper towel?”
“Arrr...” says the pirate. “I’ve got a bounty on me head!”
September 19, 2007 at 12:17 PM

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After two years, we get another look at this pirate action adventure title.
BY TAL BLEVINS A pirate walks into a bar wearing a paper towel on his head. The bartender asks, “Why are you wearing that paper towel, matey?” “Arrrgh!” says the pirate. “I’ve got a bounty on me head!”

Twitter
Red
‏@redselchie
The bartender asks, “Why are you wearing a paper towel?”
The pirate replies “Arrrrr! I’ve got a bounty on me head!”
3:26 PM - 19 Sep 2008

Google Groups: ParCs
Pirate day
DJ
9/19/08
(...)
A pirate walks into a bar wearing a paper towel on his head. He sits down at the bar and orders some dirty rum.
The bartender asks, “Why are you wearing a paper towel?”
“Arrr...” says the pirate. “I’ve got a bounty on me head!”

Google Groups: alt.x.y
A pirate walks into a bar
~> Bob <~
10/16/08
A pirate walks into a bar with a paper towel on his head.
The bartender looks at him and asks “What’s that for ?”
The pirate says “I’ve got a bounty on my head.”

Google News Archive
8 January 2009, Isabel (SD) Dakotan, pg. 5, col. 5:
A pirate walks into a bar . wearing a paper towel on his head. He sits down at the bar and orders some dirty rum. The bartender asks, “Why are you wearing a paper towel?” “Arrr...” says the pirate. “I’ve got a bounty on me head!”

Google Groups: parklandwatch
A few funnies.......
Art Allen
6/21/09
(...)
A pirate walks into a bar with a paper towel on his head.
Bartender says “What’s with the paper towel?”
The pirate says, “ARRGH- There’s a BOUNTY on me head.....”

Twitter
Kyle MacNaughton
‏@KyleMack13
A pirate walks into a bar with a paper towel on his hat. Bartender asks why.
“Arrrrr… I’ve got a bounty on me head!”
9:52 AM - 19 Sep 2015

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