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 April 22, 2016
“What’s the difference between the Pope and your boss?"/"The Pope only makes you kiss his ring.”

A popular workplace joke is:

Q: What’s the difference between the Pope and your boss?
A: The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.


That is, your boss wants you to kiss his ass. The joke has been cited in print since at least 1997.


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4/30/97
(...)
What’s the difference between the Pope and your Boss ?
The Pope only expects ya to kiss his ring.

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JOKE: Quick Takes
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11/22/99
(...)
What’s the difference between the Pope and your boss?
The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

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What’s the difference between the Pope and your boss?
G - P
4/30/01
The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

Google Books
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Health Fair
By Fred Neil
College Station, TX: Virtualbookworm Publishing Inc. (Virtualbookworm.com)
2002
Pg. 168:
What’s the difference between the Pope and your boss?
The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

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7/13/05
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What’s the difference between the Pope and your boss? The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

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Carlos iggy Shelton
‏@iggyinMontana
The difference between the Pope and your boss, the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.
6:41 PM - 8 Jan 2009

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Randy Ark
‏@randyark
What’s the difference between the pope and your boss? The pope only expects you to kiss his RING!
7:31 AM - 21 Feb 2009

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Derrickrulz
‏@Derrickrulz
Q. Wats the diff. between the pope and ur boss? A. The pope only makes u kiss his ring…
3:35 PM - 29 Mar 2009

Googel Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
What’s the difference between the Pope and your boss?
The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

Google Books
Roadmap into a Twisted Mind
By Bruno Gagnon
Victoria, BC: FriesenPress
2014
Pg. 158:
The difference between the Pope and your boss: The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

Twitter
Bob Kostic
‏@causticbob
The difference between the Pope and your boss. The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.
6:31 AM - 26 Mar 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, April 22, 2016 • Permalink