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 07, 2014
“Nothing gets out of hand quicker these days than money”

To “get out of hand” is an idiom for something that is “out of control.” “Nothing gets out of hand quicker these days than money” is a joke that has been cited in print since May 1977, when it was credited to Broadus Street.


9 May 1977, Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, PA), pg. 1, col. 6:
Nothing gets out of hand quicker these days than money.

15 May 1977, Sunday Chronicle (Augusta, GA), “John Barnes’ Our Town,” pg. 3C, col. 6:
UNQUOTE: “Nothing gets out of hand quicker these days than money.”—Broadus Street.

13 March 1980, Lockhart (TX) Post-Register, “Club News,” pg. 5C, col. 4:
Mrs. E. B. Sanders read the “Thought for the Day"--"Nothing gets out of hand faster than money.”

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Nothing gets out of hand quicker these days than money.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Friday, November 07, 2014 • Permalink