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 November 17, 2015
“Dieting is the penalty for living beyond your seams”

"If you’re overweight, you’re living beyond your seams”—a pun on “living beyond your dreams/means”—was cited in a newspaper in 1957. “Watch the old weight. It’s dangerous to be living beyond your seams” was cited in newspapers in 1959.

“Dieting is the penalty for living beyond your seams” was written by Daniel L. Worona on his website in 2004.


17 October 1957, Bristol (PA) Daily Courier, pg. 1, col. 1:
If you’re overweight, you’re living beyond your seams.

Google News Archive
1 December 1959, Victoria (TX) Advocate, “Barbs,” pg. 4, col. 1:
Watch the old weight. It’s dangerous to be living beyond your seams.

Google Books
Quote Unquote
By Lloyd Cory
Wheaton, IL: Victor Books
1977
Pg. 359:
You are overweight if you are living beyond your seams.

Google Books
14,000 Quips and Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books
1990
Pg. 367:
You’re overweight when you begin living beyond your seams.

Google Books
Today’s Chuckle:
2500 Great One-Liners for Every Occasion

By Paul Harlan Collins
New York, NY: Perigree Books
1993
Pg. 50:
You’re overweight when you’re living beyond your seams.

Daniel L. Worona (November 23, 2004)
DIET HUMOR: a 37 year collection
1. DIETING IS THE PENALTY FOR LIVING BEYOND YOUR SEAMS.
--Daniel L. Worona

Twitter
Ann-WomanTalk Live
‏@annq
RT @daskwyth: DIETING IS THE PENALTY FOR LIVING BEYOND YOUR SEAMS. --Daniel L. Worona
7:52 PM - 24 Aug 2009

Google Groups: The Grif.net
01/12/12 Grif.Net - Dieting is . .
Dr. Bob
1/12/12
Dieting is the penalty for living beyond your seams.
Dieting is no piece of cake.
Dieting is wishful shrinking.
Dieting is for those who bend over and are exposed in the end.
Dieting is when you have to go to some length to change your width.
Dieting is trying to take your breadth away.
Dieting is for those who are too big for their britches.
Dieting is for losers.

Twitter
A. Jabbar
‏@aj_ecw
DIET LAUGH WORKOUT TIME: DIETING IS THE PENALTY FOR LIVING BEYOND YOUR SEAMS.--Daniel Worona
1:01 PM - 23 Feb 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 • Permalink