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 August 09, 2015
“I quit my job crushing cans. It was soda pressing”

"Soda pressing” is a pun for “so depressing.” A rock song titled “Soda Pressing” by the punk group Boys was released in 1977.

“He had a soft drink while catching up on the ironing. It was soda pressing” was cited as a “pun of the weak” in 2004. The joke went viral by 2011. “I used to have a job crushing fizzy drink cans. It’s the worst job I’ve ever had - soda pressing” was cited on Twitter on February 8, 2011.

“I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying” is a similar pun about work.


OCLC WorldCat record
I don’t care Soda pressing
Author: Boys (Grup musical)
Publisher: Madrid : Movieplay, DL 1977.
Edition/Format: Music : 45 rpm : English

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 08-03-04
Stan Kegel
8/3/04
(...)
He had a soft drink while catching up on the ironing. It was soda pressing.
(Pun of the Day)

Twitter
Benjamin Jones
‏@jonesyb
Drinking coke whilst doing the ironing........ it’s soda pressing
12:50 PM - 12 Nov 2009

Twitter
Chris Spencer
‏@this_end
RT @kellyskelly: She had a soft drink while catching up on the ironing. It was soda pressing—I am SO happy I follow u. Keep them coming!
3:18 PM - 12 Dec 2009

Twitter
tim burns
‏@redsoxburns
man was very despondent in his job at the recycling plant, crushing aluminum coke cans.  says he, it is “soda pressing”...
12:46 AM - 26 Apr 2010

Twitter
Rich Nank
‏@Richnank
The worst job I have ever had was crushing lemonade cans
Its soda pressing !
7:14 AM - 8 Jan 2011

Twitter
GUNPLAY DON LOGAN
‏@GUNPLAYDONLOGAN
I used to have a job crushing Dr Pepper cans…
Worst job I ever had…
Soda pressing..
4:49 PM - 30 Jan 2011

Twitter
Sarah King
‏@Sarah_L_King
I used to have a job crushing fizzy drink cans. It’s the worst job I’ve ever had - soda pressing!
7:37 AM - 8 Feb 2011

YouTube
the BOYS. 1977. soda pressing
Javier GC
Uploaded on Jun 14, 2011
the BOYS. 1977. 7’’. side-B. ‘soda pressing’.
Nems records. NES 102.

Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London: Biteback Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
I used to work at a recycling plant. My job was to crush cans. It was soda pressing.

WeKnowMemes
This Is My Job Its Soda Pressing
– FEBRUARY 20, 2012

Facebook
The Chicken Chick
The ellen deHeneres Yolk of the Day: Why did the man quit his job at the Can Crushing Company? It was soda pressing.
August 8, 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Sunday, August 09, 2015 • Permalink