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 October 22, 2014
“My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in”

Muesli has its own popular joke:

“"My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2000 and has been frequently credited to British prop comedian Tommy Cooper (1921-1984).


Wikipedia: Muesli
Muesli (/ˈmjuːzli/ or /ˈmuːzli/; Swiss German: Müesli [ˈmyəsli], Standard German: Müsli) is a popular breakfast dish based on raw rolled oats and other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, mixed with milk, soy milk, yogurt or fruit juice. Developed around 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, muesli is available in a packaged dry form, ready made, or made fresh.

Wikipedia: Tommy Cooper
Thomas Frederick “Tommy” Cooper (19 March 1921 – 15 April 1984) was a British prop comedian and magician.

Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. He was famed for his red fez, and his appearance was large and lumbering, at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and more than 15 stone (210 lb; 95 kg) in weight.

Google Books
Take One Young Man
By Vivien Kelly
London Arrow
2000
Pg. 291:
‘Did you hear about the man who drowned in a bowl of muesli?’ Sam asked suddenly, as he picked up a peanut and tossed it into his mouth. ‘He was pulled under by a particularly strong currant. ‘

Kasia smiled. She had heard it before.

Google Books
Laugh Out Loud
By Vanessa Wilson
Sandton, South Africa: Vsquared
2004
Pg. 194:
My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli ... a strong currant pulled him in.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Great British Humor
Edited by Michael Powell
Philadelphia, PA: Running Press
2010
Pg. 223:
My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.
Tommy Cooper

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Funny1OneLiners
‏@Funny1OneLiners
My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.
8:28 PM - 15 Nov 2013

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Friends Reunited
‏@FriendsReunited
The comedy legend Tommy Cooper sadly died 30 years ago today - “My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in”
2:54 PM - 15 Apr 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, October 22, 2014 • Permalink