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 March 15, 2015
“Why don’t seagulls live by the bay?"/"Because then they’d be bagels.”

One popular animal joke (also a food joke) is:

Q: Why do seagulls live near the sea?
A: Because if they lived near the bay, they’d be called bagels.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1991.


Google Groups: rec.humor
Henry III Joke List
m...@dixie.com
6/28/91
Henry Cates III at Xerox maintains a mailing list of funny jokes. This posting has been forwarded to the net from that list. I have not edited this, but passed it on intact.
(...)
Why do seagulls live near the sea?
Because if they lived near the bay, they’d be called bagels.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Life 2.2
Henry Cate
1/26/95
(...)
Why do seagulls live near the sea?
Because if they lived near the bay, they’d be called bagels.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Canonical List Of Animal Humor 1/2
April Fool
3/13/95
(...)
Why do seagulls live near the sea?
Because if they lived near the bay, they would be called bagels.

2 January 2003, Waunakee (WI) Tribune, “Pause a Moment,” pg. 11, col. 1:
Why do seagulls live near the sea?
Because if they lived near the bay, they would be called bagels.

Google Books
101 Amazing Animal Jokes
By Jack Goldstein
Andrews UK Limited
2013
Pg. ?:
Why do seagulls live near the sea?
Because if they lived near the bay, they would be called bagels!

Twitter
Jonny Gotham
‏@jonnygotham
@steph_hay “why don’t seagulls live by the bay?” “Because then they’d be BAY-gulls” *New York joke*
New York, NY
11:09 AM - 9 Oct 2013

Google Books
The Ultimate Animal Joke Book:
Boundless laughs on the animals behalf!

By Matthew Grant
Daturian Press (DaturianPublishing.com)
2015
Pg. ?:
Question: Why do seagulls live near the sea?
Answer: Because if they lived near the bay, they would be called bagels

Twitter
ѕтєρн .
‏@ssteephh_
Why don’t Seagulls live by the bay?
Because then they would be called bagels
4:38 PM - 10 Feb 2015

Twitter
Corinna.
‏@CorinnaCaution
“Why can’t seagulls live by the bay?”
“I dunno why?”
“Cause then they’d be bagels”
Lol.
Marshall, MI
7:38 PM - 12 Mar 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, March 15, 2015 • Permalink