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 November 04, 2016
“Why can’t you take a turkey to church?"/"Because they use fowl language.”

A Thanksgiving turkey riddle is:

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
A: Because they use fowl language.


The turkey joke has been cited in print since at least 2002.


29 November 2002, Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), “Willamette Whimsy” by Tom Forstrom, pg. 1D, col. 1:
Why can’t you take a turkey to church? Because they use such fowl language.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 11/29/02
Stan Kegel
11/29/02
(...)
Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
Because they use such FOWL language (Jokes 4U)

14 November 2004, News Journal (Mansfield, OH), :Stories, jokes and fun at Thanksgiving workshop” by Ron Simon, pg. B1:
MANSFIELD—“Why would a turkey get thrown out of a church? Because it uses fowl language.”

Google Groups: The Grif.net
11/24/06 Grif.Net - Thanksgiving Weekend with the Kids
Dr. Bob
11/24/06
(...)
Q. Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
A. Because they use such fowl language

Twitter
Kelly Efurd Lawson
‏@KellyELawson
lame Thanksgiving joke #3: Why can’t you take a turkey to church? Because they use such FOWL language! ha.
7:28 AM - 11 Nov 2008

Google Books
Thanksgiving Jokes For Kids
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
Because they use such FOWL language.

Google Books
The Super, Epic, Mega Joke Book for Kids
By Whee Winn
Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz
Pg. ?:
Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
They use fowl language.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, November 04, 2016 • Permalink