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 July 02, 2015
“This girl said she knew me from a vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore”

"Herbivore” (an animal that only eats plants) sounds like “her before,” bringing on the obvious pun:

“This girl said she knew me from a vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2009, and it became popular on Twitter in October 2010. The “herbivore” pun has been printed on many images.


Tom Mackie Racing
PUNOGRAPHY
Posted by TMR on July 20th, 2009
(...)
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore ..

RCS Innovations
Just Funnies!
July 21, 2010 by rcs
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

Twitter
huddledotcomdotng
‏@streetlife
This girl came up to me today and said she recognised me from vegetarian club.
I was confused, I’d never met herbivore.
9:59 AM - 25 Oct 2010

Twitter
Supercujo
‏@supercujo
This girl came up to me today and said she recognised me from vegetarian club.I was confused, I’d never met herbivore.
10:05 AM - 25 Oct 2010

EduGeek
Fatmas
27th October 2010, 11:30 AM
This girl came up to me and said she recognised me from vegetarian club…
I was confused, I’d never met herbivore....

Google Books
All Kinds of Humor: Jokes, Quips, and Fun Stuff for Many Occasions. Over Forty Categories. Book 2
By Frank Verano
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2012
Pg. 208:
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

Google Books
Roadmap into a Twisted Mind
By Bruno Gagnon
Victoria, BC: Friesen Press
2014
Pg. 184:
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

Twitter
Puns of Jokes
‏@punsofjokes
This girl said she knew me from a vegetarian club, but i’ve never met herbivore. #laugh #funnystuff
3:12 PM - 26 Jun 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, July 02, 2015 • Permalink