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 30, 2007
“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To show the armadillo it could be done!”

The ancient joke “Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: To get to the other side!” gets a Texas twist when the armadillo is added. A famous Texas phrase is: “There’s nothing in the middle of the road except yellow stripes and dead armadillos.” Perhaps armadillos can learn from chickens?


The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
27 August 1990, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA):
“Why did the chicken cross the road? to show the armadillo it could be done.”

Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram
26 September 1991, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 1:
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: to show the armadillo it could be done. Yes, yes, I stole that and worse, I can’t remember from whom.

Miami (FL) Herald
9 February 1992, Miami (FL) Herald, pg. 7B:
In a variation on the old chicken joke, people in Florida ask, “Why did The opossum cross the road?” The answer: “To show The armadillo that it could be done.”

Miami (FL) Herald
12 October 1992, Miami (FL) Herald, Pg. 1B:
Why did the chicken cross the road? To prove to the armadillo that it could be done. If you’ve every felt sorry for the legions of squashed armadillos—those roadside reminders of mortality—or are somehow attracted to the homely little armored creature, “Dillo Man” Bob Graessle has the organization for you. Graessle founded the International Order of the Armadillo about a decade ago because of his love of the primitive mammal and his belief…

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From: dino
Date: 1999/09/19
Subject: Re: Answers to “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Because he wanted to prove to an armadillo that it could be done?

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From: bubba
Date: 1999/10/31
Subject: Re: Why did the chicken cross the road ?

Bubba:
To show the possum and the armadillo it could be done and live.

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From: dennis jennings
Date: 2000/02/25
Subject: Re: Why did the chicken cross the road?

to show the woodchuck and armadillo how to do it right!

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From: (Sampatron)
Date: 2000/03/19
Subject: Re: OT - Humor (Why did the chicken cross the road?)

And here in Texas we add one more (though it’s not quite in the same vein as the other answers) and that is,
To show the armadillo it could be done.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Sunday, September 30, 2007 • Permalink