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 21, 2016
“What did one plate say to the other?"/"Lunch is on me.”

A popular children’s riddle is:

Q: What did one plate say to another?
A: Lunch is on me!


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1998. “Dinner is one me!” is a variant.


Google Groups: comp.internet.net-happenings
K12> Friday’s KID KLICKS - The White House for Kids
Gleason Sackman
10/23/98
Today’s
Question:  What did one plate say to the other plate?
(...)
Today’s
Answer:  Lunch is on me!

28 May 1999, Aberdeen (SD) American News, Farm Forum, pg. 51F, col. 2:
“What did one plate say to the other plate?”
“Lunch is on me!”

Google Books
Funny Boy Takes on the Chitchatting Cheese from Chattanooga
By Dan Gutman
New York, NY: Hyperion Book CH
2000
Pg. 44:
“What did one plate say to the other?” I asked.
“What?”
“Lunch is on me.”

Google Books
November 2001, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 73, col. 2:
Jake: What did one plate say to the other plate?
Drake: What?
Jake: “Lunch is on me!” — Julia Lue Phang, Ooltewah, Tenn.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 11/16/01
Stan Kegel
11/17/01
(...)
What did one plate say to the other?
‘Dinner’s on me!’ (Syman Hirsch)

Google Books
Jokelopedia:
The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest, Joke Book Ever

Edited by Ilana Weitzman
New York, NY: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
2006
Pg. 25:
What did one plate say to the other?
“Dinner’s on me. “

Twitter
TapRoot
‏@TapRootAK
Q:What did one plate say to the other plate? A:(’Lunch is on me!’wink....
.....sunday food funny for you wink
7:25 PM - 1 Mar 2009

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Sarah Boone
‏@sarahxboone
@TranquilMammoth what did one plate say to the other?” Dinners on me”
5:47 PM - 5 May 2009

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