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

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Entry from August 20, 2016
“What is the first derivative of a cow?"/"A prime rib.”

A math joke (and a food joke) is:

Q: What is the first derivative of a cow?
A: A prime rib.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2004 and has been printed on T-shirts.


Octopus Overlords
Stupid Math Jokes Wanted
by Guy Incognito » Tue Nov 16, 2004 3:05 pm
(...)
Q: What is the first derivative of a cow?
A: Prime Rib!

Google Groups: silverBULLET
Math jokes
Myth
1/22/05
(...)
Q: What is the first derivative of a cow?
A: Prime Rib!

Google Groups: novell.community.chat
Re: Why?
Kim Groneman
10/27/06
(...)
Q: What is the first derivative of a cow?
A: Prime Rib!

Twitter
Exodus (josh)
‏@tehEx0dus
Q: What is the first derivative of a cow?
A: Prime Rib!
10:19 AM - 21 Nov 2008

Twitter
Shamrock
‏@Shambo
Shammy’s Math Lesson: The first derivative of a cow is its prime rib.
9:06 AM - 11 Dec 2008

Google Books
Country Hardball
By Steve Weddle
Blue Ash, OH: Tyrus Books
2013
Pg. 154:
And then he thought about how the girl who wrote that note to him, who’d laughed when he’d told her the first derivative of a cow was prime rib, how he’d never be with her.

Google Books
The Tragic Age:
A Novel

By Stephen Metcalfe
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin
2015
Pg. 46:
“What is the first derivative of a cow?” he’ll says. “Prime rib.”

No one laughs.

reddit
What is the first derivative of a cow?
submitted August 21, 2016 by Kenzlea
A prime rib.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, August 20, 2016 • Permalink