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.

Recent entries:
“The four seasons are deer, turkey, rabbit and duck” (2/19)
“I saw an ad that said, ‘TV for sale-Volume Stuck on Full.’ I couldn’t turn that down” (2/19)
“The first few weeks of Weight Watchers you’re just finding your feet” (2/19)
“Puns about monorails always make for decent one-liners” (2/19)
“Having just punched a midget selling watches, I know I’ve hit an all time low” (2/19)
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Entry from March 12, 2007
Malfunction Junction (College Station)

"Malfunction Function” ia a nickname coined in a 1967 contest to rename College Station, home of Texas A&M. The nickname is sparsely used today and is largely historical, usually said by old University of Texas alumni.

22 November 1967, Dallas Morning News, “Aggie Junction Minus Tuxedo,” section A, pg. 3:
AUSTIN, Texas (UPI)—The winner of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association “Rename College Station” contest chose “Malfunction Junction,” it was announced Tuesday.

Vicki Ann Duncan of Austin, a sophomore at the Aggies’ sister school—Texas Woman’s University—submitted the winning entry and will receive two end zone tickets to the Thanksgiving Day A&M-Texas football game.

The contest was started last summer after College Station civic leaders announced they felt their community needed a new name. Texas alumni agreed to help.

Hundreds of entries were submitted from more than a dozen states. Charles Coates of Houston, president of the UT ex-students, said many of the entries were unprintable and most came from Aggie alumni.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, March 12, 2007 • Permalink