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 June 27, 2015
“Where do cows go on vacation?"/"Moo York.”

A popular silly riddle is told about New York:

Q: Where do cows go on vacation?
A: Moo York.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1978. “Where do eggs go on vacation?"/"New Yolk City!” is a similar joke.  “What newspaper do cows read?"/"The Moo York Times” is a similar “Moo York” cow joke.

“Where do cows go for entertainment?"/"To the moo-vies” is another cow joke.


Google Books
The Crack-a-Joke Book
Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books
1978
Pg. 152:
Where do cows go on holiday?
Moo York.

Google Books
Big Book of Silly Riddles
By Brandreth Gyles.
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1988
Pg. 38:
Where do cows go on vacation?
Moo York.

27 March 1994, Herald Bulletin (Anderson, IN), “A Little Bit of Humor,” pg. E10, col. 1:
Cathy: Where do cows go on vacation?
Karen: Moo York.

Google News Archive
10 July 1996, Wilmington (NC) Morning Star, Starwatch, pg. 4, col. 6:
A Little Bit of Humor
Courtney: Where do cows go on vacation?
Karen: I’m not sure - I think they go to Moo York!

Google Books
Super-Duper Good Clean Jokes for Kids
By Bob Phillips
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
2000
Pg. 62:
Where does an American cow come from?
Moo York.

Google Books
The Usborne Book of Silly Jokes
By Laura Howell
London: Usborne
2003
Pg. 8:
What American city do cows live in?
Moo York.

Google Books
Jokes for Kids:
Jokes, Riddles, & Tongue Twisters That Will Tickle Your Ribs & Make Your Funny Bone Laugh

By Nicole Townsend
Lulu Press, Inc. (Lulu.com)
2014
Pg. ?:
Q. Where do cows want to spend their holiday?
A. Moo York!

MyTownTutors
Summer Jokes: Top Summer Jokes
Posted on June 1, 2015 by mmolloy
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60. Where do cows go on their summer vacation?… Moo York.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Saturday, June 27, 2015 • Permalink