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 May 04, 2015
“I’m drinking 2% milk, wondering what the other 98% is”

"2% milk” refers to the fat content of the milk, but there’s a popular joke:

“If it’s 2% milk, what’s the other 98%?”

“I always wondered if it was 2% milk, what was the other 98%?” was cited in print in 1996. “I’m drinking 2% milk, wondering what the other 98% is...” was cited on Twitter in 2010. The joke was told on the American television sitcom Parks and Recreation in 2014.


Google Groups: sci.med.immunology
Did Vaccines Eliminate Polio?
Keith E Gatling
4/30/96
Fat content of 2% milk (funny)
I remember when I first saw 2% milk in the dining halls at SU, not quite knowing what it was.  I saw skim, chocolate, and 2%, and the 2% seemed normal to me, but I always wondered if it was 2% milk, what was the other 98%?

Years later, after I found out it referred to the fat content, Cheryl and I had a running joke about it..."2% milk.  What’s the other 98%?  SOAP!"*

*For those of you who have absolutely no idea why that’s funny (and it may indeed be a “you had to be there” sort of thing), it’s a reference to Procter and Gamble’s claim that Ivory Soap is 99.44% pure.

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chitlins, a return to sanity
Gary S. Callison
12/7/99
(...)
And while we’re on the subject, I’ve always been curious: 2% milk - what’s the other 98%?

Twitter
FunnyOneLiners
‏@Funnyoneliners
I’m drinking 2% milk, wondering what the other 98% is…
RT @mytweecwetlife
8:18 AM - 30 Aug 2010

Twitter
Steven Winterburn
‏@5tevenw
We have 2% milk in the fridge, no idea what the hell the other 98% is.
3:40 PM - 15 Oct 2010

Twitter
Greg Gerla
‏@greg_gerla
I like to drink 2% milk, but I can’t help worrying about what the other 98% is.
#iamwhatidrink
12:14 AM - 17 Sep 2011

reddit
If some milk is only 2%, what is the other 98%? (self.shittyaskscience)
June 23, 2013 by zack4565

Twitter
Jay Spitfire
‏@hawkgirl_kane
“When they say ‘2% milk’,I don’t know what the other 98% is.” #AndyListofSecrets #Parks&Recreation
8:37 AM - 14 Mar 2014

reddit
If only two percent of 2% milk is actually milk, what’s in the other 98% of it? (self.shittyaskscience)
March 23, 2014 by djm1997

reddit
If my carton is only 2% milk, whats the other 98%? (self.shittyaskscience)
February 24, 2015 by Endermod

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BY STEPHEN TOMPKINS • 02.24.15
#CHRIS PRATT #PARKS AND RECREATION #TV QUOTES
(...)
“When they say two percent milk, I don’t know what the other 98 percent is.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, May 04, 2015 • Permalink