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 February 15, 2017
“What do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?"/"Squash.”

A “squash” pun is:

Q: What do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?
A: Squash.


The elephant joke has been cited in print since at least 2003.


Google Books
Noah’s Favorite Animal Jokes
Compiled by Barbour Staff
Urichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
2003
Pg. ?:
What vegetable do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?
Squash.

Google Books
Without a Trace
By Carolyn Keene
New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks
2004
Pg. 28:
Although it does bring to mind that old joke: What do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?”

“What?” I asked.

“Squash!”

Google Books
Lunchbox Laughs:
A Book of Food Jokes

By Mark Ziegler
Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books
2005
Pg. 14:
What vegetable do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?
Squash

Twitter
Hooters
‏@Hooters
Joke of the Week: What vegetable do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?
Squash!
1:20 PM - 10 Jul 2009

Twitter
Reading Coach
‏@estubblereading
Abby’s joke-What do you get when an elephant stomps in your vegetable garden? Squash
1:40 PM - 5 Jan 2010

Google Books
Chuckle Squad:
Jokes about Classrooms, Sports, Food, Teachers, and Other School Subjects

By Michael Dahl
Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books
2011
Pg. 51:
What vegetable do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?
Squash.

18 December 2012, The Signal (Rycroft, lta), “Letters to Santa Claus from area schools,” pg. B2:
Dear Santa Claus,
I am going to tell you a few jokes! Okay here we go. What do you get when an elephant walks through your garden? Squash!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 • Permalink