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 20, 2015
“What do you call a cow with three legs?"/"Lean beef.”

A popular “lean beef” joke has been cited in print since at least 1985;

Q: What do you call a cow with three legs?
A: Lean beef.


A related joke is, “What do you call a cow with no legs?"/"Ground beef.”


Google Books
Names
1985
Pg. 291:
16. What do you call a cow with three legs? Lean beef.
I7. What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.

Google News Archive
5 June 1986, Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, “The Stroller” by Seymour Rosenberg, pg. 1, col. 1:
Cow jokes are now popular in California. For instance what do you call a cow with no legs? round beef. How about a cow with only three legs? Lean beef. And a cow with only two legs? Extra lean beef.

Google Books
Cracking Jokes: studies of Sick umor Cycles & Stereotypes
By Alan Dundes
Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press
1987
Pg. 18:
What do you call a cow with three legs?
Lean beef.

What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

12 July 1991, Daily Republican-Register (Mt. Carmel, IL), “The Light Touch” by David Fithian, pg. 12, col. 3 ad:
What do you call a cow with two legs shorter than the I others?
Lean beef.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.
2012
Pg. ?:
What do you call a cow with two legs?
Lean beef.

What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

reddit
What do you call a cow with three legs? (self.Jokes)
submitted May 30, 2013 by hitokirivader
Tri-tip.
What do you call a cow with two legs?
Lean beef.
What do you call a cow with one leg?
Steak.
What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, December 20, 2015 • Permalink