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 January 21, 2017
“What did one oar say to the other?"/"Are you up for a little row-mance?”

A popular Valentine’s Day riddle is:

Q: What did one oar say to the other?
A: Are you up for a little row-mance?


The joke was posted to the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on February 14, 2004 and has been printed on GIFs. “Oar” is sometimes replace with “boat” or “rowboat.”


Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
PUNS of the WEAK 02-14-04
Stan Kegel
2/14/04
(...)
What did one oar say to the other?
“Can I interest you in a little row-mance?” (Marsha Coleman)

Google Groups: Gadzooks!
14th Feb ~ Happy Valentine’s Day!
Jayne Mee
2/14/06
(...)
What did one oar say to the other?
“Can I interest you in a little row-mance?”

Google Groups: dhost
do u know
vinay malhotra
2/22/07
(...)
Q. What did one oar say to the other?
A. “Can I interest you in a little row-mance?”

Twitter
Lolly Daskal
‏@LollyDaskal
LAST V DAY HUMOR: What did one oar say to the other? ......................"Can I interest you in a little ROW-mance?”
11:40 PM - 13 Feb 2009

Google Books
Funny Valentine’s Day Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
By Linda Bozzo
Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
2013
Pg. 11:
What did one oar say to the other oar?
“Can I interest you in a little row—mance?”

Twitter
Laffy Taffy Jokes
‏@Laffy_TaffyJoke
What did one boat say to the other?
“Are you up for a little row-mance?”
11:28 PM - 26 Mar 2014

4 February 2015, Herald Express (Torquay, UK), “Jokes,” pg. 11:
What did one oar say to the other? “Can I interest you in a little row-mance?”

Twitter
σιкαωα тσσяυ
‏@iOikawaTooru
What did one boat say to the other? “Are you up for a little row-mance?”
1:59 AM - 23 Jan 2016

Twitter
April Ann Adventures
‏@LivinApril7
More jokes! What did one oar say to the other? “Can I interest you in a row-mance.” Laugh always
8:27 PM - 25 Jan 2016

Google Books
Katie Woo’s Hilarious Holiday Jokes
By Fran Manushkin
North Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books
2017
Pg. 5:
“What did one rowboat say to the other rowboat?
“Are you ready for a little ROW-mance?”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, January 21, 2017 • Permalink