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 October 27, 2016
“Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?"/"He had no body to dance with!”

Skeletons have “no body” (nobody), and a July 1953 newspaper riddle went:

Q. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball?
A. Because he had nobody to go with.


A November 1953 newspaper riddle involved a dance instead of a ball:

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?
A: Because he didn’t have anybody to dance with.


“Dance” was replaced with “party” by at least 1989:

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party?
A: Because he had no body to go with.



17 July 1953, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), “Riddles,” pg. 8, col. 8:
Q. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball?
A. Because he had nobody to go with.

20 November 1953, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), “Riddles,” pg. 8, col. 1:
Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?
A: Because he didn’t have anybody to dance with.

20 December 1959, South China Sunday Post-Herald (Hong Kong), “Nobody,” pg. 20, col. 2:
Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party?
A: Because he had no body to go with.

13 May 1975, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, pg. 5D, col. 3:
Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?
A: Because he didn’t have any body to dance with.
Joann Boedicker
St. Ann


10 January 1980, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 2:
Mighty Funny: WHY DIDN’T THE SKELETON GO TO THE DANCE?
Skeleton: BECAUSE I HAD NO BODY TO DANCE WITH.

10 December 1989, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “Children find variety in latest book offerings” by June Cameron, pg. E5, col. 5:
Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party? Because he had no body to go with.

10 April 1992, Boston (MA) Herald, “Jumble” (puzzle), pg. 48, col. 7:
The skeleton didn’t enjoy the party because he had this—NO “BODY” TO DANCE WITH

Google Books
The Silliest Joke Book Ever
New York, NY: Puffin Books
2003
Pg. ?:
Why didn’t the skeleton go to the disco?
Because he had ‘no body’ to go with!

Google Books
Hooked on Riddles:
A Guide to Teaching Kids Math, Science, English, and Other Subjects Using Fun Word Plays and Silly Jokes

By Mary Quijano
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2012
Pg. 73:
Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party?
Because he had no body to go with.

Google Books
101 Amazing Spooky Jokes
By Jack Goldstein
Andrews UK Limited
2013
Pg. ?:
Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party?
He had no body to go with!

Google Books
Kooky Halloween Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
By Linda Bozzo
Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
2013
Pg. 14:
Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the Halloween party?
He had no body to dance with.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Thursday, October 27, 2016 • Permalink