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 June 20, 2016
“How do you catch a school of fish?"/"With a bookworm.”

A popular riddle about a “school of fish” is:

Q: How do you catch a school of fish?
A: With a bookworm.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1990.


17 July 1990, State Times (Baton Rouge, LA), “A Little Bit of Humor,” The Bubble Gum Rapper, pg. 1, col. 3:
Steve: How do you catch a school of fish?
Ginger: With a bookworm!

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
23 June 1993, Clinton (NY) Courier, “Kid’s Riddles,” pg. 7, col. 3:
What kind of bait do you use to catch a school of fish?
Bookworms!

Google Groups: schl.sig.lmnet
HIT: Library Jokes and Riddles
nor...@googlegroups.com
10/15/96
(...)
What’s the best way to catch a school of fish?
With bookworms

Google Groups: schl.sig.lmnet
GEN: School jokes
Paul & Deborah Connell
2/26/98
(...)
What bait do you use to catch a school of fish?
Bookworms.

18 November 1998, Titusville (PA) Herald, “Cryptoquip,” pg. 6, col. 4:
THE MORON THINKS HE’LL BE ABLE TO CATCH A SCHOOL OF FISH WITH A BOOKWORM.

Google Books
Mind Knots:
A Book of Riddles

By Mark Ziegler
Illustrated by Ryan Haugen
Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books
2006
Pg. 11:
How do you catch a school of fish?
With a bookworm.

Twitter
Kids Jokes
‏@KidzJokes
How do you catch a School of Fish??? With a Bookworm!!! hehehe!!! #Jokes
12:17 PM - 13 Dec 2009

Google Books
Wise Crackers:
Riddles and Jokes about Numbers, Names, Letters, and Silly Words

By Michael Dahl
Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books
2011
Pp. 38-39:
HOW DO YOU CATCH A SCHOOL OF FISH?
WITH A BOOKWORM.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Monday, June 20, 2016 • Permalink