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 July 22, 2015
“What language does a billboard speak?"/"Sign language.”

A popular children’s joke about a billboard is:

Q: What language does a billboard speak?
A: Sign language.


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


Google Groups: rec.humor.jewish
Puns of the Weak 04-04-03
Stan Kegel
(...)
What language does a billboard speak?
Sign language! (Jerry, Age 13 )

Google News Archive
29 May 2008 The Day, pg. D1, col. 1:
What language does a billboard speak?
Sign language.

Google Books
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
By Rob Elliott
Grand Rapids, MI: Revell
2010
Pg. 16:
Q: What language does a billboard speak?
A: Sign language.

Google Books
The Happy Classroom:
From Ha-Ha to A-Ha

By Janet Aaker Smith
Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning
2011
Pg. 95:
What language does a billboard speak?
Sign language.

Twitter
Hamilton Relay
‏@HamiltonRelay
Question: What language do billboards speak?
Answer: sign language #TellAnOldJokeDay”
5:14 PM - 24 Jul 2014

Twitter
ComedyCity
‏@ComedyCityKC
The ComedyCity Official Groaner Joke of the Day:
What language does a billboards speak?
Sign language!
11:53 AM - 23 Jun 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 • Permalink