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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

Recent entries:
“You can’t tax your way to prosperity. You can’t bomb your way to security. And you can’t ban your way to liberty” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to security” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to democracy” (4/21)
“You can’t ban your way to freedom” (4/21)
“If you can’t expose crime in the government, you don’t really have a government. You have a dictatorship…” (4/21)
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SOLE Food (Sustainable, Organic, Local, Ethical)

“In God we trust (all others pay cash)”

TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party

Lincoln Log Sandwich (hot dog with cream cheese)

Texlahoma (Tex-La-Homa)

“Tipping is not a city in China”

Crepesadilla (crepe + quesadilla)

Peaches and Cream


Public Appendix (Public Advocate nickname)

Banana Republic

“Will work for food”

“Sunshine and Lollipops” (“Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”)

“There is more law at the end of a policeman’s nightstick than in a decision of the Supreme Court”

“I was born at night, but not last night”

Bankers’ Row

Carrot-and-Stick (Stick-and-Carrot)



Shade Tree Barbecue

“It’s often hard to discern the difference between Texas Tough and Texas Stupid” (Molly Ivins)

“Give, get, or get off” (“Give, get, or get out”)

“Time, talent, and treasure”

“Wealth, wisdom, and work”


Wind City, USA (Roscoe nickname)

Golden Tacos (Tacos Dorados)

Church of Rock and Roll (Fillmore East)

Cathedral of the Motion Picture (Roxy Theatre)

Ike Dike (proposed Texas Gulf Coast flooding barrier)

“Nice place you got here. Be a shame if anything happened to it”

Meatery (meat eatery)



“Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel”

“Fried chicken and champagne? Why the hell not?” (Max’s Wine Dive)

Jones Mahal or JonesMahal (Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington)

Six Flags Over Jerry (Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington)

“I am in shape. Round is a shape.”

Crickets or Crickets Chirping (silence)

Great Green Turtle of Auditorium Shores (Austin’s former Palmer Auditorium)

“Like butter!” (“Like buttah!”)

“Bacon makes it better” (“Bacon makes everything better”)

“My heart bleeds blue borscht”

Brush Country

“The four most expensive words in the English language are ‘This time it’s different’”

River City (Austin nickname)

Joe Bag of Donuts (Joe Bag o’ Donuts)

Donuts and Cops

Financial Hydrogen Bombs (derivatives)

Skyscraper Sandwich

Greedy Geezer

“Moving the goal posts” (“Moving the goalposts”)

“The best time to invest is when you have the money”

Dallas (summary)

“Be right and sit tight” (“Buy right and sit tight”/“Buy right and hold tight”)

“It is not the bull side or the bear side, but the right side”

Q: What does Dallas have that Fort Worth doesn’t? A: A nice city 30 miles away.

“How did you find your steak?” (joke)

“The food is terrible—and such small portions!”

“When Greek meets Greek, they open a restaurant”

“Hominy, sir?”/“Oh, about four or five.” (Northerner ordering grits)

“How many Austinites does it take to change a light bulb?” (joke)

“The only thing wrong with Austin is that it’s surrounded by Texas”

“So would hell” (rancher on being told Texas would be a great place if it had water)

“Nothing strikes fear in a Texan like a Yankee with a U-Haul”

Dogcatcher Elections (“Couldn’t get elected dog catcher”)

“Like Grant took Richmond”

Rickey (Gin Rickey; Lime Rickey)

“I’m starvin’ like Marvin” (Starvin’ Marvin)

“Walk and chew gum at the same time” (stupid or uncoordinated)


“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts”

“Get It First, But First Get It Right” (International News Service)

“Shoot O’Malley twice” (Brooklyn Dodger joke)

How Staten Island got its name (“Is that an island?” joke)

Candy Bar (Chocolate Bar)