A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 07, 2016
“What is the difference between a hungry man and a glutton?” (riddle)

A popular riddle about eating is:

Q: What is the difference between a hungry man and a glutton?
A: One longs to eat and the other eats too long.


The riddle has been cited in print since 1867.


Chronicling America
23 October 1867, American Citizen (Butler, PA), “Wit and Wisdom,” pg. 1, col. 7:
What is the difference between a hungry man and a glutton? One longs to eat and the other eats too long.

Google Books
30 May 1868, The Shamrock, pg. 592, col. 1:
What is the difference between a hungry man and a glutton? —one longs to eat and the other eats too long.

Google Books
September 1878, Gleason’s Monthly Companion, pg. 431, col. 1:
What is the difference between a hungry man and a glutton? One longs to eat, and the other eats too long.

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January 1883, Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, pg. 127, col. 1:
THE difference between a hungry man and a glutton is, one longs to eat, and the other eats too long.

Google Books
12 December 1891, Pick-Me-Up, pg. 186, col. 1:
The difference between a starving man and a glutton is, that one longs to eat and the other eats too long.

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Cyclopedia of Puzzles
By Sam Loyd
New York, NY: Lamb Publishing Company
1914
Pg. 10:
What is the difference between a hungry man and a glutton? One longs to eat and the other eats too long.

Google Books
July 1964, Boys’ Life, “Think and Grin,” pg. 72, col. 3:
O: What is the difference between a hungry man and a glutton?
A: One longs to eat and the other eats too long.— Roy Altherr, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Google Books
Riddles, Riddles, Riddles:
Enigmas and Anagrams, Puns and Puzzles, Quizzes and Conundrums!

Selected by Joseph Leeming
Illustrated by Shane Miller
Mineola, NY: Dover Publications
2014
Pg. 81:
What is the difference between a glutton and a hungry man?
One eats too long, and the other longs to eat.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, June 07, 2016 • Permalink