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

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Entry from July 04, 2015
“A neutrino walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” The neutrino bar joke has two forms.

The common “bar joke” form was popular in 2008 and 2009. “A neutrino walks into a bar. The bartender says ‘We don’t serve neutrinos’. Neutrino replies ‘Oh - I was just passing through...’” was cited on Twitter on November 29, 2008. Brian Malow, self-proclaimed as “Earth’s Premier Science Comedian,” popularized the joke in a November 2009 video. While on a comedy-themed NPR’s Science Friday on April 1, 2011, Malow said that he was the first tell the neutrino joke.

“A neutrino walks through a bar” is a shortened version of this joke.

The reverse “bar joke” form became popular in September 2011. “‘We don’t allow FTL neutrinos in here’. ‘A FTL neutrino walks into a bar’” was cited on Twitter on September 22, 2011. A Los Angeles (CA) Times blog told the joke on September 24, 2011:

“We don’t allow faster than light neutrinos in here, said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.”


Wikipedia: Neutrino
A neutrino (/nuːˈtriːnoʊ/ or /njuːˈtriːnoʊ/) (denoted by the Greek letter ν) is a lepton, an elementary particle with half-integer spin, that interacts only via the weak subatomic force and gravity. The mass of the neutrino is tiny compared to other subatomic particles. Neutrinos are the only identified candidate for dark matter, specifically hot dark matter.

Twitter
Stefan Pernar
‏@Stefan_Pernar
A neutrino walks into a bar. The bartender says “We don’t serve neutrinos”. Neutrino replies “Oh - I was just passing through...” hahaha!
7:38 PM - 29 Nov 2008

Walks Into A Bar Jokes
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009
(...)
A neutrino walks into a bar and the bartender says “we don’t serve neutrinos in this bar”. The neutrino says “hey ... I was just passing through!”.

Twitter
Michael S. Kaplan
‏@michkap
@JesseLiberty @julielermanvt A neutrino walks into a bar . . . and keeps right on going.
4:18 PM - 29 Oct 2009

YouTube
‘A Virus Walks Into a Bar...’ and Other Science Jokes - Brian Malow
ForaTv
Uploaded on Nov 20, 2009
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/11/08/Science_Lau…
Science comedian Brian Malow jokes that a virus is “the ultimate David and Goliath” when compared with humans. He then rattles off a series of science-related jokes. “Schrodinger’s cat walks into a bar, and doesn’t.”
2:26
“A neutrino walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘We don’t serve neutrinos in this bar.’ The neutrino says, ‘Hey, I was just passing through.’”

Twitter
David Vernon
‏@eScapesPhoto
A neutrino walks into a bar, the bartender says we don’t serve your kind here. The Neutrino says “That’s okay, I was just passing through”
10:27 AM - 23 Nov 2009

NPR
Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar
APRIL 01, 2011 1:00 PM ET
IRA FLATOW, host:
This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I’m Ira Flatow.
(...)
FLATOW: There was one that came in: A neutrino walked into a bar, and the bartender says: Sit down and stay - make yourself at home. He said: No, I’m just passing through.
(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MALOW: Well, now, that one, I have to - I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I actually came up with that one.

FLATOW: Did you?

Mr. MALOW: I did - I was doing a show - I was asked to do a show with the Koshland Science Museum in D.C. about infectious disease once. I’ll show you the connection between neutrinos and infectious disease eventually.

But because of that, in trying to come up with material about infectious disease, I decided to write some bar jokes like those that we’re talking about. So I did a couple about infectious disease and viruses. And they were so popular in my act that I wrote more of them. And it’s my most popular video on YouTube.

Twitter
Tania Jane Taylor
‏@sparklygrrl
@SonniesEdge “We don’t allow FTL neutrinos in here”. “A FTL neutrino walks into a bar”.
2:22 PM - 22 Sep 2011

Twitter
Lincoln Sanderson
‏@linc_sanders
The bartender says “We don’t serve Neutrinos here”.
A Neutrino walks into a bar.
2:31 PM - 22 Sep 2011

LRB (London Review of Books) Blog
Faster than a Speeding Neutrino…
David Kaiser 23 September 2011
(...)
COMMENTS
HC says:
25 September 2011 at 10:23 pm
the barman says ‘we don’t serve neutrinos in here’. a neutrino walks into a bar.

Google Groups: rec.sport.tennis
OT: CERN scientists discover particles moving faster than light
Rodjk #613
9/23/11
(...)
“We don’t allow faster than light neutrinos in here” said the bartender.
A neutrino walks into a bar…

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Neutrino jokes hit Twittersphere faster than the speed of light
SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 | 9:30 AM
(...)
You’ll note that most of these tweets follow a certain joke structure. But because nothing is funny if you overthink it, we’ll just leave it at that.  Here are some of our favorites:

-We don’t allow faster than light neutrinos in here, said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.
-- Deborah Netburn

Google Books
A Neutron Walks Into a Bar…
Random Facts about Our Universe and Everything in It

By Science140
Hachette Ireland
2012
Pg. ?:
‘We don’t allow faster than light neutrinos in here,’ said the bartender.
A neutrino walks into a bar. 

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