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 March 22, 2016
“What goes up when the rain comes down?"/"An umbrella.”

A riddle about the rain is:

Q: What goes up when the rain comes down?
A: An umbrella.


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1891.


12 November 1891, The Independent ... Devoted to the Consideration of Politics, Social and Economic Tendencies, History, Literature, and the Arts, “Pebbles: Conundrums, New and Old,” pg. 33, col. 2:
What goes up when rain comes down?
Umbrellas.

Chronicling America
7 May 1905, The Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA), “Questions,” magazine, pg. 7, col. 2:
What goes up when the rain comes down?

Chronicling America
18 April 1906, Hartford (KY) Herald, “Conundrums,” pg. 4, col. 6:
What goes up when the rain comes down? Umbrella.

29 September 1907, Sunday World-Herald (Omaha, NE), magazine, pg. 15, col. 5:
I think the answer to the riddle, what goes up when the rain comes down? is an umbrella.

Google Books
The Cokesbury Game Book
By Arthur M. Depew
New York, NY: Abingdon Press
1960
Pg. 47:
What goes up when rain comes down? Umbrella.

Google Books
Captain Cook Chased a Chook:
Children’s Folklore in Australia

By June Factor
Ringwood, Victoria, Australia: Penguin Books; New York, NY, USA: Viking Penguin
1988
Pg. 116:
What goes up when the rain comes down? - Umbrellas.

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What goes up when rain comes down?
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The http://www.PictureOnCrystal.com *RIDDLE OF THE DAY* Q: What goes up when the rain comes down? A: An umbrella…
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What goes up when rain comes down? An umbrella! @BrownSugar215
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What goes up when rain comes down? An umbrella! March is National Umbrella Month. http://bit.ly/1U5MSHo
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 • Permalink