A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 16, 2017
“How do you know when you’re eating rabbit stew?"/"When it has hares in it.”

A riddle about rabbit stew (or rabbit soup or rabbit pie) is:

Q: How do you know when you’re eating rabbit stew?
A: It has hares in it.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1979 and has been frequently included with Easter bunny jokes.


3 May 1979, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kidsday, pg. N11, col. 3:
How can you recognize rabbit stew?
It has hares in it.
-- Lili Burgos, Freeport

Google Books
The Big Book of Silly Riddles
By Gyles Brandreth
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1988
Pg. 17:
How can you recognize rabbit stew?
It has hares in it.

Google Books
The Little Giant Book of Jokes
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrated by Sanford Hoffman
New York, NY: Stering Publishing Companyh, Inc.
1996
Pg. 188:
“How do you know you’re eating rabbit stew?”
“It has hares in it.”

20 April 1996, Marshfield (WI) News-Herald, “A Little Bit of Humor,” The Bubble Gum Rapper, pg. 3C, col. 3:
Becky: How can you recognize rabbit stew?
Justin: It has hares in it.

22 April 2000, Evening Mail (Birmingham, UK), “Microchipper,,” pg. 40:
How can you tell if it’s rabbit pie for dinner? It has hares in it! ( not very nice, but’s funny!).

Google Groups: uk.education.staffroom
A cat’s new year resolutions
tuppence
2/18/02
(...)
How can you tell when it’s rabbit pie for dinner?
It has hares in it.

Southern Maryland Online
101 Easter jokes
jazz lady
04-08-2004, 01:40 PM #1
(...)
Q. How do you know when you’re eating rabbit stew?
A. When it has hares in it.

Google Books
The Everything Kids’ Gross Jokes Book:
Side-splitting Jokes That Make Your Skin Crawl!

By Aileen Weintraub
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2005
Pg. ?:
How do you know when you’re eating rabbit pie?
It has hares in it.

21 March 2008, Pensacola (FL) News Journal, “Jokes & Groaners,” pg. B1, col. 4:
How do you know when you’re eating rabbit stew?
When it has hares in it.

Twitter
Garmahis‏
@garmahis
RT @wbaustin: Easter Jokes #jokes #humor #funny Q. How do you know when you’re eating rabbit stew?
A. When it has hares in it.
2:14 PM - 6 Apr 2009

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, April 16, 2017 • Permalink