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 February 09, 2009
“There is a lot more juice in a grapefruit than meets the eye”

Eating a grapefruit with a spoon often results in plenty of unwelcome squirts. The joke that a grapefruit has more juice than “meets the eye” has been a popular one since at least 1931, when a quip in the Arkansas Gazette was reprinted in many other newspapers.


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19 December 1931, The Literary Digest, pg. 11:
THE reason why grapefruit continues to be popular is that there is more in it than meets the eye. — Arkansas Gazette.

15 December 1934, New York (NY) Times, Letters to the Editor, pg. 12:
Rather let us take a leaf from the wag who said that there is more in the grapefruit than meets the eye; let us examine all the facts before declaring that editors, as a whole, are fair-haired boys who would never pander to the lower human instincts.
JOHN M. MAHON Jr.
Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 12, 1934.

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I Wish I’d Said That!:
Being a Discussion of the Art of Repartee by Two Good Listeners

By Jack Goodman and Albert Rice
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1935
Pg. 72:
From the pleasant comment of the unknown who remarked, when attacking and being attacked by his grapefruit, — “There’s more in this than meets the eye!”...

Google Books
Complete Speaker’s and Toastmaster’s Library
By Jacob Morton Braude
Published by Prentice-Hall
1965
Item notes: v.3
Pg. 35:
Grapefruit: that to which there is more than meets the eye.

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Esar’s Comic Dictionary
By Evan Esar
2005
Pg. 124:
grapefruit.
1. An orange with a swelled head.
2. The most frequently used American eyewash.
3. There’s more in a grapefruit than meets the eye.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Monday, February 09, 2009 • Permalink