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.

Recent entries:
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (9/18)
“What do you call an island populated entirely by cupcakes?"/"A desserted island.” (9/18)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (9/18)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (9/18)
“Does this hotel offer a turndown service?"/"Not to you.” (9/18)
More new entries...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Entry from August 17, 2012
“Don’t drink and drive—you might hit a bump and spill your drink”

"Don’t drink and drive—you might hit a bump and spill your drink” is a jocular saying that has been printed on gift items, such as T-shirts, bumper stickers and posters. The saying disregards the fact that states have open container laws that make this action illegal (and not just a poor choice of where to drink).

The saying has been cited in print since at least 1987 and is of unknown authorship.


3 March 1987, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, “The scene, in Philadelphia and its suburbs,” pg. B2:
Above the bar was a sign that said, “Don’t drink and drive. You might hit a bump and spill your drink.”

Google Books
The Washingtonian
Volume 22
1987
Pg. 173:
Outside on The Corner, an International Harvester road wagon filled with a dozen sorority girls whips around the block. On the back is a sticker that says, “Don’t Drink and Drive--You Might Hit a Bump and Spill Your Drink.“

2 June 1988, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “What’s everyone laughing about? Dallas has become a serious hub of comedy” by Ken Perkins:
“Don’t drink and drive,’ McGuire says before leaving the stage. “You might spill your drink.’
(Gene McGuire at the Addison Improv—ed.)

6 October 1988, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Drinker Tells Key to Survival: Drive ‘Like a Saint,’ Not a Sot” by Jan Hoffman, Orange County Life, pg. 5:
“I love that bumper sticker that says, `Don’t drink and drive, you might hit a bump and spill your drink.’”

Google Books
Words of Wisdom
Compiled and edited by William Safire and Leonard Safir
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1989
Pg. 384:
Don’t drink and drive. You may hit a bump and spill your drink.

Google Books
A Guy Walks Into a Bar...:
501 Bar Jokes, Stories, Anecdotes, Quips, Quotes, Riddles and Wisecracks

By Michael Lewis
New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
2005
Pg. 25:
SIGN SEEN IN BAR:
Don’t drink and drive.
You might hit a bump and spill your drink.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Friday, August 17, 2012 • Permalink