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 August 03, 2016
“What kind of tea is hard to swallow?"/"Reality.”

A popular pun about tea is:

Q: What kind of tea is sometimes hard to swallow?
A: Reality.


The joke was from 9-year-old Benje Morris of Charlotte, North Carolina, who won a 1994 Laffy Taffy “America’s Funniest Kid” joke contest. Similar “tea” puns—on words such as “honesty”—have been published in newspapers since the 19th century.


Google News Archive
2 January 1994, Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, “America’s Funniest Kid cracks one-liners in N.C.” (AP), pg. B3, col. 1:
CHARLOTTE—What kind of tea is sometimes hard to swallow?

The answer is—reality. Get it?

It may not be a sidesplitter, but the joke was good enough to win 9-year-old Benjie Morris of Charlotte the title of America’s Funniest Kid in a national contest sponsored by the makers of Laffy Taffy candy.

Twitter
Krishan Gupta
‏@NowImKrishan
“What kind of tea is the hardest to swallow?  Reality.” ~Laffy Taffy.
12:26 PM - 24 Dec 2008

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JessicaPar
‏@JessicaPar
What kind of tea is sometimes hard to swallow?
Reality.
- Thank you Laffy Taffy!
6:33 PM - 16 May 2009

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21. What kind of tea is hard to swallow?

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