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 January 29, 2017
“What do cannibals eat for breakfast?"/"Buttered host.”

A cannibal breakfast riddle is:

Q: What do cannibals have for breakfast?
A: Buttered host.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1992.


Google Groups: rec.humor
Cannibal jokes! Was: Re: Can we knock off the country
Indiana Jones
5/8/92
(...)
What does a cannibal have for breakfast?
Buttered host.

26 April 1994, Chicago (IL) Tribune, KidNews, sec. 7, pg. 11, col. 1:
What do cannibals eat for breakfast?
Buttered host.

Google Books
Fish & Seafood
By Jean Paré
Edmonton, Alberta: Company’s Coming
1996
Pg. 133:
Cannibals eat a lot of buttered host for breakfast.

Google Books
Greatest Giggles Ever
By Matt Rissinger and Philip Yates
Illustrated by Jeff Sinclair
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2003
Pg. 68:
What do cannibals eat when they go out for breakfast?
Buttered host!

17 April 2003, Sault Star (Sault Ste. Marie, ON), Fred Loader column, pg. B5:
Psst! What do cannibals eat for breakfast? Buttered host.

Google Books
Man Walks into a Bar:
Over 6,000 of the Most Hilarious Jokes, Funniest Insults and Gut-Busting One-Liners

By Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2007
Pg. ?:
What did the cannibal at the house party have for breakfast?
Buttered host.

Twitter
Heidy
‏@SelketXimenna
What do cannibals eat for breakfast? Buttered host!
3:50 PM - 21 Dec 2008

The Amazingly Lame Joke of the Day
Saturday, October 2, 2010
What do cannibals eat when they go out for breakfast?
Buttered host.
Posted by Tim Wycislak at 3:38 AM

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookbBaby
2014
Pg. ?:
What do cannibals eat for breakfast?Buttered host.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, January 29, 2017 • Permalink