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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“We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it”

“Good things happen in an instant” & “Be ready” (New York Lottery Instant Games)

“Before kids can go places, they need a place to go” (Police Athletic League)

“Revealing the Past. Challenging the Future” (Tenement Museum)

Fox Comedy (Fox News nickname)

Crimerica (crime + America; Primerica nickname)

Dollar Menu (Value Menu)

Chica Chica Card

“Nobody remembers the second man to walk on the moon”

Banco Unpopular (Banco Popular nickname)

“If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament”

Bank of Mom and Dad

Mark-to-Unicorn Accounting (imaginary mark-to-market accounting)

Mark-to-Fiction Accounting (imaginary mark-to-market accounting)

“Discretionary goods—things people don’t need, paid for with money people don’t have”

Union des Bandits Suisses (UBS nickname)

“You can’t take it with you”

Free Shit Army (FSA)

“Capital is a coward”

Bulltard (bull + retard)

Beartard (bear + retard)

“New York’s Hometown Airline” (JetBlue)

Flytilla (fly + flotilla)

Depression Sandwich (hot dog)

Agflation (agriculture + inflation)

Carmageddon (car + Armageddon); Carpocalypse (car + apocalypse)

Dead Parrot Economy

Ronaldus Magnus or Ronaldus Maximus (Ronald Reagan’s presidential years)

Flightilla (flight + flotilla)

“When you’re getting kicked in the rear, it means you’re in front”



Kiss & Fly

Teavangelist (tea party supporter + evangelist)

Yourgage (your + mortgage)

Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association)

Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association)

Sallie Mae (Student Loan Marketing Association)

Farmer Mac (Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation)

Sonny Mae or Sony Mae (State of New York Mortgage Agency or SONYMA)

Gulp of Mexico (tequila; Margarita cocktail; Corona beer; Tecate beer)

Little Satan (Israel); Big Satan or Great Satan (United States)

Texas Ratio

Texas Ratio

“Checkers or wreckers” (auto racing saying)

“I can get it for you wholesale”

“Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans”

“Politicians, old buildings and prostitutes become respectable with age”

“The last ten hits (to 3,000 career hits) are the hardest”

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

Doctor of Democracy

Devil’s Metal (silver nickname)

UTEP Two-Step (basketball dribble)

“Gas, Grass or Ass—Nobody rides for free”

“Terrorism is the poor man’s war” (“War is the rich man’s terrorism”)

MoMath (Museum of Mathematics)

“Manhattan on the Maas” (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

“Miracle on the Hudson” (US Airways Flight 1549)

Debtmageddon (debt + Armageddon)

Chancy Street (Chauncey Street, Brooklyn)

Killa Hill or Killer Hill (Park Hill, Staten Island)

Crack Hill (Park Hill, Staten Island)

Fed (Federal Reserve)

Royal Bull Shit (Royal Bank of Scotland or RBS nickname)

“Paper currencies don’t float, they just sink at different rates”

Dear Leader

“Picking up nickels in front of a steamroller”

Main Street Across America (Lincoln Highway)

“Don’t tell my mother I’m a politician—she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse”

“Don’t tell my mother I’m a banker—she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse”

Debtpocalypse (debt + apocalypse)

BOAT (Break Out Another Thousand)

“If it flies, floats or fucks, it’s cheaper to rent it”

“The dice have no memory”

“Own your age in bonds”

Greatest Depression

Barbarous Relic (gold nickname)

America’s National Credit Card

Resluglican or Reslug (Republican + slug)

Phyz or Phyzz (physical asset)

“As welcome as a skunk at a lawn party”

“Is that a banana in your pants or are you just happy to see me?”

“As sure as God made little green apples”

Carrot-Raisin Salad

Dracula Effect

“You’re either a contrarian or a victim”

Politics of Grievance

Politics of Personal Destruction

Politics of Respectability

Hollow Prize

SCROTUS (Supreme Court Republicans Of The United States)

SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States)

POTUS (President Of The United States)

FLOTUS (First Lady Of The United States)

VPOTUS (Vice President Of The United States)

COTUS (Constitution Of The United States)