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 24, 2016
“What do you call a haunted chicken?"/"A poultry-geist.”

A Halloween riddle about poltergeists is:

Q: What do you call a haunted chicken?
A: A poultry-geist.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1996.


Wikipedia: Poltergeist
In folklore and parapsychology, a Poltergeist (German for “noisy ghost") is a type of ghost or other supernatural entity which is responsible for physical disturbances, such as loud noises and objects being moved or destroyed. They are purportedly capable of pinching, biting, hitting, and tripping people. Most accounts of poltergeists describe the movement or levitation of objects such as furniture and cutlery, or noises such as knocking on doors.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Chicken
Melanie Aultman
11/25/96
What do you call a haunted chicken?
a poultry-geist

Google Groups: alt.fan.whos.tommy
Some jokes to keep Tutster busy when not doing his favorite Hobby
::darkshadows::
3/7/07
Halloween Jokes
(...)
Q. What’s a haunted chicken?
A. A poultry-geist.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Spooky Puns from Stan Kegel
Bob C.
10/30/99
(...)
What’s a haunted chicken?
A poultry-geist. (By Clynch Varnadore)

Google Books
Jokes, Riddles and Wisdom:
The Best Collection Ever

By Roger Kuder
San Jose, CA: ToExcel Press
2000
Pg. 54:
Q: What’s a haunted chicken?
A: A poultry-geist.

Google Books
Dr. Speedy’s Jokes and Riddles
By Dr. Speedy Gonzalez
San Jose, CA: Writers Club Press
2000
Pg. 91:
Q: What’s a haunted chicken?
A: A poultry—geist.

Google Books
Penguin Pocket Jokes
By David Pickering
New York, NY: Penguin Books
2006
Pg. ?:
What do you call a haunted chicken?
A poultrygeist.

Google Books
Man Walks into a Bar:
Over 6,000 of the Most Hilarious Jokes, Funniest Insults and Gut-Busting One-Liners

By Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2007
Pg. 427:
What do you call a haunted chicken? A poultry-geist.

Twitter
Sarah Katz
‏@katzsarah
Courtesy of @ComicTwit: What do you call a haunted chicken? A poultry-geist. smile
10:49 AM - 24 Oct 2008

Google Books
Scooby-Doo’s Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes!
By Michael Dahl
North Mankato, MN: Capstone Young Readers, A Capstone Imprint
2015
Pg. 129:
What do you call a haunted chicken?
A poultrygeist!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, October 24, 2016 • Permalink