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 December 14, 2012
“I don’t have a bank account because I can’t remember my mother’s maiden name”

Bank accounts sometimes require the account holder’s mother’s maiden name for security purposes. The comedienne Paula Poundstone said in the HBO comedy special Women of the Night (1988):

“I don’t have a bank account because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name and apparently that’s the key to the whole thing right there. I go in every few weeks and guess.”

Poundstone’s joke has been included in many lists of one-line sayings.


Wikiquote: Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone (born December 29, 1959) is an American comedian.

Sourced
I don’t have a bank account because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name and apparently that’s the key to the whole thing right there. I go in every few weeks and guess.
. “Women of the Night”, HBO, 1988

Google Books
The Fourth--and by Far the Most Recent--637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said:
Many given heightened piquancy by nineteenth-century line cuts

By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Atheneum
1990
303
I don’t have a bank account, because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name.
Paula Poundstone

6 September 1999, The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), “Wit and wisdom in a pithy little book‎"”
“I don’t have a bank account because I can’t remember my mother’s maiden name.”—Paula Poundstone

Google Books
Words from the Wise:
Over 6,000 of the Smartest Things Ever Said

By Rosemarie Jarski
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2007
Pg. ?:
I don’t have a bank account because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name.
Paula Poundstone

Google Books
Dim Wit:
The Stupidest Quotes of All Time

By Rosemarie Jarski
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2010
Pg. 309:
I don’t have a bank account because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name.
Paula Poundstone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Friday, December 14, 2012 • Permalink