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 November 03, 2016
“What smells best at Thanksgiving dinner?"/"Your nose.”

A “What smells best?” riddle involved a perfume shop in 1934:

Q: What smells best in a perfume shop?
A: Your nose.


The “What smells best?” riddle involved a bakery in 1947:

Q: What smells best in a bakery?
A: Your nose.


The Thanksgiving riddle has been cited in print since at least 2006:

Q: What smells the best at Thanksgiving dinner?
A: Your nose.



30 December 1934, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, “Riddles” by Louise Rash (Age 11), pg. 6, col. 6:
What smells best in a perfume shop?
Your nose.

15 April 1947, Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner, “Riddles,” pg. 4B, col. 4:
What smells best in a bakery?
Your nose.

4 August 1958, Austin (TX) Statesman, “Fun Time—The Riddle Box,” pg. 12, col. 5:
What smells best in a perfume store?
Your nose.

6 March 1974, San Diego (CA) Union, “Fun Time,” D-18, col. 4:
What smells best in a bakery?
Your nose.

19 November 2006, Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), “Riddle Me This,” Flying Horse, pg. ?, col. 5:
Q: What smells the best at Thanksgiving dinner?
A: Your nose.

Google Groups: alt.badgers
Happy for the Giving Thanks day, fraunlevin!
Drew
11/22/06
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What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
Your nose

Twitter
OCAEC
‏@OCAEC
Thanksgiving literature (?):  What smells best at Thanksgivig dinner?  Your nose.
11:22 AM - 13 Nov 2009

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

By Janet Aaker Smith
Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning
2011
Pg. 87:
What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
Your nose.

Google Books
Corny Thanksgiving Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
By Linda Bozzo
Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
2013
Pg. 16:
What smells the best at Thanksgiving dinner?
Your nose.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, November 03, 2016 • Permalink