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 September 11, 2016
“What did Osama Bin Laden cook on Iron Chef?"/"Big Apple Crumble.”

Jokes about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center are numerous, although not politically correct. One popular joke is:

Q: What did Osama bin Laden cook on Ready Steady Cook?
A: Big Apple Crumble.

Ready Steady Cook was a British cooking show. The American cooking show Iron Chef has also been used in the joke.

“Osama Bin Laden walks into a KFC and orders two flaming towers and a big apple crumble” was a joke told on September 11, 2001. The Ready Steady Cook “Big Apple Crumble” joke was told by at least September 19, 2001.

“What was Osama Bin Laden’s favorite drink?"/"A double Manhattan” is a similar joke.


Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
KFC Offer!!
JamesS
9/18/01
Two Flaming Towers and a Big Apple Crumble!

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
OK… where’s all the tasteless jokes for the Trade Centre ??
Jambongre
9/19/01
Yes but did you know that Bin laden was once on ready steady cook ?
He made A big apple crumble.

Google Groups: uk.local.london
Osama Bin Laden - warning...bad taste!
Ian F.
9/21/01
(...)
Bin Laden is on “Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook” next week.

He’s making a big apple crumble.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
not mine.
Mogga
9/23/01
(...)
Bin Laden is on “ready steady cook” next week, when he will make a big apple crumble!!!

Google Groups: uk.local.teesside
UK Terrorism (Shut up Maurice)
Micky (Probably)
10/16/01
It’s very clever though how Maurice can talk on ANY subject and som how manage to bring the Masons into it.
eg.:
“......in the kitchen making a big apple crumble, when I noticed on the telly, that a Mr Bin Laden was also making a Big Apple Crumble, and it turned out to be financed by the Masons who were having a week off from protecting bent judges and copper… etc”

Google Books
Of Corpse:
Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture

Edited by Peter Narváez
Logan, UT: Utah State University Press
2003
Pg. 60:
("An earlier version of Ellis’s essay ‘Making a Big Apple crumble’ was published in the online journal New Directions in Folklore, 6 June 2002.”—ed.)
2 Flaming Towers 4 Hot Wings and A Big Apple Crumble
(alt. terrorism, world-trade-center September 21, 2001 09:28:22 PST)
Osama Bin Laden walks into a KFC and orders two flaming towers and a big apple crumble.

Twitter
Rod Flo
‏@RodolfoRamosJr
What did Osama Bin Laden cook on Iron Chef?
Big Apple Crumble.
11:10 AM - 30 Jul 2009

Twitter
Juice Fast Papi
‏@Polo_Papi
WoW RT @FunnyJoker: Cooking with Osama. “Today we will be making the Big Apple Crumble.”
6:18 PM - 8 Oct 2009

Twitter
Lisa W
‏@L_I_S_A_A_A
What did Bin Laden cook on ready steady cook? ..Big Apple Crumble.
5:00 PM - 31 Jan 2010

Twitter
god
‏@deadcameI
what did bin laden cook on masterchef?
big apple crumble
11:14 AM - 11 Sep 2015

Twitter
Sunshine and hookers
‏@JeremyFMJ
What did Osama Bin Laden cook on Iron Chef? Big Apple Crumble.
6:33 AM - 2 Jun 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, September 11, 2016 • Permalink