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

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Entry from May 31, 2016
“What’s worse than 9/11?"/"311.”

Jokes about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center are often in questionable taste, but a frequent joke is told about the American rock band 311 (from Omaha, Nebraska):

Q: What’s worse than 9/11?
A: 311.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2009 and was popularized by comedian Neil Hamburger.


Wikipedia: 311 (band)
311 (pronounced “three-eleven") is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in 1988 by vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum, lead guitarist Jim Watson (who would later be replaced by Tim Mahoney), bassist Aaron “P-Nut” Wills. and drummer Chad Sexton. In 1992, Doug “SA” Martinez joined to sing and provide turntables for 311’s later albums, rounding out the current line-up. The band’s name originates from the police code for indecent exposure in Omaha, Nebraska, after the original guitarist for the band was arrested for streaking.

ONTD (Oh No They Didn’t!)
bitte_ein_kuss
March 12th, 2009, 05:14 am
what’s worse than 9/11?
311.

Nashville (TN) Scene
Neil Hamburger, Chris Crofton, Times New Viking and more
February 04, 2010 MUSIC » THE SPIN
Reviewing stand-up comedy isn’t normally part of The Spin’s job description, but given the slew of shows canceled by last weekend’s whiteout, we were forced to improvise. So we headed over to The End Monday night to catch Neil Hamburger.
(...)
While Hamburger’s set was rife with updated material, he didn’t shy away from playing the hits, including his litany of jokes about Colonel Sanders, Madonna, Smashmouth, Nickelback and our new favorite: “What’s worse than 9/11? 311.”

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La Migra
September 11, 2012 ·
What’s worse than 911?..... 311

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SandyEggoMonk
‏@SandyEggoMonk
Q: What’s worse than 9/11? 
A: 311
3:24 PM - 6 Mar 2013

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kill bow debt
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@BrittanyWyland What’s worse than 9/11?  311!
10:07 PM - 29 May 2013

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GT
‏@SuperFreshJive
My fav joke ever: what’s worse than 9/11? 311. (I know I know)
11:21 AM - 11 Sep 2013

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Kryptcreeper
October 12, 2013 ·
Q. What’s worse than 9/11?
A. 311!
Waka Waka!

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Caucasian Nakamura
‏@ryhanoftheshire
@AwfulPodcast Reminds me of a joke our guitarist said once.
“What’s worse than 9/11?
311.”
That’s all I got.
9:56 AM - 9 Apr 2015

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