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 September 03, 2013
“Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup”

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts, bumper stickers and posters. “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger” is from The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).

“Do not mess in the affairs of wizards, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup” was cited in print in 1992. “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with ketchup” has been cited in print since at least 1994.


Wikiquote: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954); first of three volumes in The Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien. It contains Book I: The Ring Sets Out and Book II: The Ring Goes South
(...)
Book I; Thee Is Company
Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
. Gildor

Google Groups: rec.humor
Taste
Murali Cotah
12/9/92
(...)
Do not mess in the affairs of wizards,
For you are crunchy and taste good with
ketchup.

Google Groups: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5
“Do not meddle in the affairs of...” smile
John Wesley Lewellen IV
11/20/94
In article , Elana who? wrote:
>In article <3an2dr$6...@nyx10.cs.du.edu>,
>The_Doge wrote:
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>>Winston Edmond wrote:
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>> You mean this one?  “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for
>>your are crunchy and taste good with mayo”?
I thought that one was, “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with ketchup.” (spoken to a knight, I don’t remember where I first saw / heard it).

Google Books
101 Ways To Promote Yourself:
Tricks Of The Trade For Taking Charge Of Your Own Success

By Raleigh Pinskey
New York, NY: Avon Books
1997
Pg. 61:
Can you give me some examples of the best-selling bumper stickers?
(...)
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons; you are crunch and good with ketchup .

24 February 1999, Plainview (TX) Daily Herald, “Word of wisdom for work” by Danny Andrews:
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, ‘cuz, like, you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

Salon
Tuesday, Jul 27, 1999 12:00 PM EDT
Marcel Marceau
He remains the unquestioned master of the art that dare not speak its name. That’s his strength and the art’s weakness.

By Leslie Crawford
(...)
All this, and he has a wickedly weird and original sense of humor. “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards,” Marceau once said, “for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.”

Google Books
The Affairs of Dragons
By Mary C. Fairbanks
Garibaldi Highlands, BC: Zumaya Otherworlds
2005
Pg. ?:
“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” — J. R. R. Tolkien
“Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with ketchup.” — Author Unknown

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 • Permalink