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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Smithsonian of Texas (Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum)

Wall Street of the Southwest (The Strand in Galveston)

Wall Street of the Southwest or Wall Street of Texas (The Strand in Galveston)

“What does a Jewish American Princess make for dinner?”/“Reservations!”

“Stock to a cook is voice to a singer” (“Chicken to a cook is like a canvas to a painter”)

“Do you want fries with that?”

“Do you want fries with that shake?”

Pizza Face (Pizzaface)

“Second Prize: Two weeks in Philadelphia/ Chicago/ Los Angeles/ Texas” (joke)

“Tough tomatoes!”

Banana Oil (slang for “nonsense”)

Applesauce or Apple Sauce (slang for “nonsense”)

“Cheese and rice!” or “Cheese and crackers!” or “Cheese and crust!” (“Jesus Christ!”)

“You’re in Texas—it’s a local call (to God)” (joke)

“‘Onced’ and ‘twiced’ are words”

“Goin’ to hell.”/“Get off at Hempstead.” (joke)

Half-and-Half (sweet tea + unsweetened iced tea)

Slump (Apple Slump)

Capitalist Bible (Wall Street Journal nickname)

Capitalist Tool (Forbes magazine slogan)

Goldie Mac (Goldman Sachs + Freddie Mac)

Fat Tax

Antonette’s Leap (Mount Bonnell in Austin)

City of Hills (Austin nickname)

Cowboys Cathedral or Cathedral of Football (Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington)

Boss Hog Bowl or Boss Hawg Bowl (Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington)

Wise Latina

“Don’t cry about money—it never cries for you”

“None of us is as smart as all of us”

Guesstimate or Guestimate (guess + estimate)

“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” (weather saying)

Mount Bonnell (place name)

Strip and Flip (Strip ‘n’ Flip)

Supper Club


Rooter (sports enthusiast)

“I can spell ‘banana,’ but I never know when to stop”

“It ain’t no thing but a chicken wing”

Texas T-Bone Corridor (high-speed rail)

“Texas to the Bone” (Saltgrass Steak House)

Patty (Hamburger Patty)

“We are one day closer to a good rain” (drought joke)

Steak Soup

“No Democrat has been elected president without carrying Texas”

“Never check stock prices on Friday—it could spoil the weekend”

“Why did the lobster blush?”/“Because he saw the salad dressing!”

“Did you hear about the new restaurant on the moon? Great food but no atmosphere!”

“A long term investment is a short term investment that failed”

“Waiter’s-thumb-in-the-soup” jokes

Garibaldi (sandwich)

Milk Carton Politician

Senate Bean Soup

Blimpie (sandwich)


Steakery (steak + eatery)

Italian Sandwich

“Chicken for the strength, waffles for the speed” (Lucky J’s chicken & waffles)

“Diner: I’ve tasted fresher fish. Waiter: Not in here!” (Jewish joke)

“Diner: This coffee tastes like mud. Waiter: Well, it was ground this morning!”

“Efficiency of the Post Office, compassion of the IRS” (government-run healthcare)

Snakebit or Snake-bit (Snakebitten or Snake-bitten)

Austex or AusTex or Aus-Tex (Austin, Texas)

“The best social program is a job”

“No price is too high for a bull or too low for a bear” (Wall Street proverb)

“If you snooze, you lose”

“Another day, another dollar”

“A day late and a dollar short”

“Check the date, love your state” (vehicle registration)

“Put Texas in your corner” (vehicle registration)

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program”

Jerrytron (Cowboys Stadium television screen, named after owner Jerry Jones)

Jerrydome or Jerry Dome (Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington)

Park in the Sky (High Line)

Peach Melba (Pêche Melba)

Melba Toast (Toast Melba)

“Government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have”

Fiscal Child Abuse (deficit spending)

Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction (derivatives)

“Hooker: Would you like super sex? Old Timer: I’ll have the soup!”

“They all share the same kitchen” (East 6th Street Indian restaurant joke)

Little India (Jackson Heights, Queens)

Little India (Lexington Avenue in Manhattan)

Little Manila

Little Bangladesh

“Practice safe eating—always use condiments”

Little Pakistan (Midwood, Brooklyn)

Jaikishan Heights (Jackson Heights)

“Why don’t cannibals eat clowns?”/“Because they taste funny!”

“What starts with T, ends with T, and is full of T?” (food riddle)

“Why did the chicken cross the road?” (joke)

“Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?”

“Markets make managers”

“We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately”

Honeymoon Salad (lettuce alone and no dressing)

Jack (GAC=grilled American cheese); Jack Benny/Jack Back (grilled American cheese with bacon)

“The gentleman will take a chance” (eating hash)

“September is when leaves and stocks tend to fall; On Wall Street it’s the worst month of all”