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 December 22, 2014
“What did the grape say when it was crushed?” (joke)

"What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it?” begins a joke that has been cited in print since at least 1964. “Nothing. It just gave a little wine.”

The joke has been frequently reprinted in many joke collections. The elephant was removed in later printings of the joke. “What did the grape say when he was crushed..nothing he just let out a little wine!” was cited on Twitter on November 29, 2011.


10 June 1964, The Garfieldian (Chicago, IL), “Talking It Over” by H. Marlin Landwehr (Managing Editor), pg. 6G, col. 7:
JOKE—What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it? Nothing. It just gave a little wine.

Google Books
July 1964, Boys’ Life, “Think and Grin,” pg. 72, col. 2:
Joe: What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it?
Moe: I don’t know, what?
Joe: Nothing. He just gave a little wine.—Eric Lestin, Rochester, N. Y.

Google News Archive
15 July 1973, Bangor (ME) Daily News, “Gags & Giggles,” Family Weekly, pg. 17, col. 1:
Q: What did the grape say when the elephant sat on him?
A: Nothing much, he just gave a little wine.
-- Robin Williams,
Temple City, Calif.

Google Books
Jokes:
Outrageous bits, atrocious puns, and ridiculous routines for those who love jests

By Paul Dickson
New York, NY: Delacorte Press
1984
Pg. 58:
What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it? Nothing, it just let out a little whine.

Google Books
American Children’s Folklore
Edited by Simon J. Bronner
Little Rock, AR: August House
1988
Pg. 126:
What did the grape say when the elephant sat on it? — Nothing, it just let out a little wine.

Twitter
Majestic Banbury
‏@majesticbanbury
what did the grape say when he was crushed..nothing he just let out a little wine! okay better stick to the day job
4:44 AM - 29 Nov 2011

Twitter
walker laury
‏@Vanella_Gorilla
what did the grape say when it was crushed? nothing but he let out a little wine!
6:05 PM - 4 Dec 2011

Twitter
Vin-X Fine Wine
‏@VinxFineWine
@12x75 i shall prove myself:  what did the grape say when it was crushed??
9:49 AM - 23 Jan 2012

Twitter
♡ emma raindeer ♡
‏@Emma_raindeer
what did the grape say when it was crushed
nothing
it just let out a little wine
8:41 AM - 6 May 2013

Twitter
Rachel McMinn
‏@rachel_mcminn
what did the grape say when it was crushed? nothing, it just let out a little wine
10:25 PM - 20 Dec 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, December 22, 2014 • Permalink