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 March 09, 2010
“If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry?”

"If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry?” is a humorous saying, dating to at least February 1998. Other spellings are “If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?” and “If you ate pasta and antipasti, would you still be hungry?” The joke centers on pasta and “anti-pasta” (against pasta), but “antipasto” means the course “before pasta.”

The saying has been credited to comedian Geroge Carlin (1937-2008) since 1999, but the website GeorgeCarlin.com states that the joke (one of several in joke lists attributed to Carlin) is not George Carlin’s.


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If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry?
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GeorgeCarlin.com
THIS IS ALSO NOT GEORGE CARLIN:
Things To Ponder - by George Carlin
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32. If you ate pasta and antipasti, would you still be hungry?

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary
Main Entry: an·ti·pas·to
Pronunciation: \ˌan-tē-ˈpas-(ˌ)tō, ˌän-tē-, -ˈpäs-\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ti\-(ˌ)tē\
Etymology: Italian, from anti- (from Latin ante-) + pasto food, from Latin pastus, from pascere to feed — more at food
Date: 1590
: any of various typically Italian hors d’oeuvres; also : a plate of these served especially as the first course of a meal

Google Groups: alt.angst
Newsgroups: alt.angst
From: “/\\/\\arKo : .”
Date: 1998/02/25
Subject: If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry?

Google Groups: sci.physics,relativity
Newsgroups: sci.physics.relativity
From: “Todd Desiato”
Date: 1998/07/30
Subject: Pasta

If I eat Pasta, then eat Antipasti will I still be hungry?

Google News Archive
22 December 1998, The Dispatch (Lexington, NC), pg. 6B, col. 3:
Uncredited on the Net. “If you ate pasta and antipasto. would you still be hungry?”

Google News Archive
1 February 1999, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, pg. 3B, col. 2:
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If you ate pasta and would you still be hungry?

3 March 1999, Plainview (TX) Daily Herald:
If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry? ·

12 August 1999, Charlotte (NC) Observer, pg. 4E:
If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?

Google Groups: misc.health.diabetes
Newsgroups: misc.health.diabetes
From: “Tiger Lily”
Date: 1999/09/20
Subject: Philosophy of George Carlin (Patch Adams)

You can always count on George Carlin to get you thinking..
For those who love the philosophy of hypocrisy and ambiguity…
A few statements to ponder..George Carlin Quotes
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44. If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry? 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, March 09, 2010 • Permalink