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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“Big Apple” explained in a film (2010) (11/18)
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“If snow is made of water and water has no calories, how come snowmen are fat?” (11/18)
“Cooking is like golf. You slice it, chip it, and put it on some greens” (11/18)
“Big Apple” answer on “Final Jeopardy!” (2009) (11/18)
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Entry from February 03, 2017
“Since our Russian gymnast was deported, we don’t have Oleg to stand on”

"Oleg to stand on” is a pun for “a leg to stand on” and has been cited in print since at least 1946. A popular version was posted on Twitter on July 15, 2016:

“One of the Russian acrobats in our human pyramid has been deported. We didn’t have Oleg to stand on.”


The Free Dictionary
not have a leg to stand on
to be in a situation where you cannot prove something

8 December 1946, Des Moines (IA) Sunday Register, “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, sec. 7, pg. 1, col. 1:
When Gene Tierney Cassini gets her divorce, suggests Angi Bond, she won’t have Oleg to stand on.

Twitter
Frost*ie
‏@_SmartUK
Nadia’s upset that her circus acrobatics routine is ruined, but she fired her partner so she hasn’t got Oleg to stand on #badaboom
2:27 AM - 21 Feb 2011

Twitter
Peter Cashmore
‏@TweetCashmore
My Russian formation gymnastics partner has decided to quit on me. Now I don’t have Oleg to stand on.
7:34 AM - 31 Dec 2013

Twitter
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‏@harwood_town
The court made me pay angry customers back after I had to cancel my Russian human pyramid show. I didn’t have Oleg to stand on. #1PUN
7:00 AM - 10 Apr 2014

Twitter
Andrew Hutchcraft
‏@andyhutchcraft
@JohnRentoul One of the Russian gymnastic brothers has sadly died. The other brother has now retired as he doesn’t have Oleg to stand on.
9:31 AM - 4 Nov 2015

Twitter
Michael Thompson
‏@emptyheadtwo
One of the Russian acrobats in our human pyramid has been deported.
We didn’t have Oleg to stand on.
#1PUN
7:41 AM - 15 Jul 2016

Twitter
Shit Jokes
‏@ShitJokes
One of the Russian acrobats in our human pyramid has been deported.
We didn’t have Oleg to stand on.
2:32 PM - 24 Jul 2016

Twitter
Shit Jokes
‏@ShitJokes
Gutted that one of the Russian acrobats in our human pyramid has been deported.
We don’t have Oleg to stand on.
2:58 PM - 3 Feb 2017

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