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 November 23, 2010
“May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!”

"May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off (of) your thighs!” is the last line of a short poem about Thanksgiving food. The poem has been cited in print since at least 1989. In 2001, the piece was credited to Masonic poet Owen K. Lorion.


19 November 1989, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), Classifieds, pg. G3, col. 8 ad:
May your stuffing be tasty,
may your turkey be plump.
may your potatoes & gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
may your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off of your thighs.
P.S. Happy Thanksgiving

24 November 1999, Longview (TX) News-Journal, “SoapBox,” pg. 2A, col. 1:
May your stuffings be tasty; may your turkey be plump; may your potatoes and gravy have “nary” a lump. May your yams be delicious; may your pies take the prize; may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs. And may we be thankful for all we have!

YAHOO! Groups: puns-of-the-day
Stan Kegel
Mon Dec 10, 2001 6:21 pm

May Your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes n’ gravy,
Have nary a lump,
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies be the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs.
(Owen K. Lorion)

Amarillo (TX) Globe-News
Bulletin Board
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002
If you read this little ditty from Dennis Spies just before bedtime, it may save a calorie or three (million).

T’was the night of Thanksgiving but I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backward, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned, the dark meat ‘n white,
but I fought the temptation with all of my might.
(...)
But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees,
“Happy eatin’ to all, pass the cranberries please.
“May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
“May your taters and gravy have nary a lump.
“May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize.
“May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!”

Google Groups: sci.med.transcription
Newsgroups: sci.med.transcription
From: “Su”
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 07:27:26 GMT
Local: Thurs, Nov 28 2002 1:27 am
Subject: Thanksgiving poem

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off your thighs!!

Free Republic
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!

Wishing you a happy Turkey Day!
23 posted on Monday, November 22, 2004 9:56:13 AM by Iowa Granny

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May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs
Thursday November 24, 2005
Tickle your funny bone with a collection of Funny Thanksgiving Quotes. Among all the humorous Thanksgiving quotes, the one by Mark Twain is my favorite.

Google Books
Laugh Lines for Educators
By Diane Hodges
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press
2006
Pg. 96:
A Thanksgiving Poem
‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep.
(...)
“Happy eating to all—pass the cranberries, please!”

Thanksgiving Wishes
May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes ‘n gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious.
May your pies take the prize.
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay
Off of your thighs.

Google Books
Inspiration Station
By Betsy Flot
Xlibris
2010
Pg. 447:
May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy,
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner,
Stay off your thighs!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, November 23, 2010 • Permalink