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 March 13, 2017
“What’s an Irish windbreaker?"/"Someone who’s had too much corned beef and cabbage.”

A “windbreaker” is a coat. A popular St. Patrick’s Day joke about another kind of wind is:

Q: What’s an Irish windbreaker?
A: Someone who’s had too much corned beef and cabbage.


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1996.


Kith and Kin (Marshfield Area Genealogy Group, Marshfield, WI)
March/April 1996
Pg. 5:
HOW IRISH ARE YOU?
TEST YOUR I. Q. (IRISH QUOTIENT)
(...)
9. What’s an Irish windbreaker?
Answers:
9. Someone who’s had too much corned beef and cabbage.

Google Groups: alt.personals.ads
ST. PATRICK COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET!
Marsha Ann Folks
3/4/96
(...)
Q:  What’s an Irish Windbreaker?
A:  Someone who’s had too much corned beef & cabbage

Google Groups: alt.collecting.beanie-babies
Test Your IQ (Irish Quotient)
deb-florida
3/17/99
(...)
9. What’s an Irish windbreaker?
Someone’s who’s had too much corned beef and cabbage

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Spring Valley Dental‏
@SpringValleyDC
Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day joke for you all!  What’s an Irish windbreaker?
10:26 AM - 13 Mar 2012

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Jacob Mahaffey 🎗‏
@JacobMahaffey9
What’s an Irish windbreaker?
Someone who’s had too much corned beef and cabbage
8:59 AM - 17 Mar 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, March 13, 2017 • Permalink