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 28, 2017
“Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide”

The Hudson River—especially around New York City—has a reputation of pollution. A joke is:

“Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide.”

The “sewercide” (sewer + suicide) joke has been cited in print since at least 2007.


Wikipedia: Hudson River
The Hudson River is a 315-mile (507 km) river that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York in the United States. The river originates in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, flows through the Hudson Valley, and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean, between New York City and Jersey City. The river serves as a political boundary between the states of New Jersey and New York, and further north between New York counties. The lower half of the river is a tidal estuary occupying the Hudson Fjord, which formed during the most recent period of North American glaciation, estimated at 26,000 to 13,300 years ago. Tidal waters influence the Hudson’s flow from as far north as Troy.

The river is named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609, and after whom Canada’s Hudson Bay is also named. It had previously been observed by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano sailing for King Francis I of France in 1524, as he became the first European known to have entered the Upper New York Bay, but he considered the river to be an estuary.

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Category: Humor jokes
Date Added: 11/10/2007
Joke: Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide.

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Mary J. Wang‏
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Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide.
9:00 PM - 4 Dec 2009

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William Hager‏
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Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide.
10:37 AM - 17 Dec 2009

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Dora Sommer‏
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Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide.
8:37 PM - 20 Dec 2009

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Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
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Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide.

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Published on Jan 22, 2016
Did you hear about the man who jumped in the Hudson River? He committed sewercide.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Monday, August 28, 2017 • Permalink