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.

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“Play the ball and don’t let the ball play you” (baseball adage)

“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” (sports adage)

“The camera adds ten pounds” (film and television adage)

“The camera doesn’t lie” (“The camera never lies”)

“Finger-lickin’ good”

“Punch above one’s weight” (boxing metaphor)

Uncle Scam (Uncle Sam + scam)

Charm Offensive

New York Times-Democrat (New York Times nickname)

“Heads in beds” (hospitality saying)

“I’ve been thrown out of better places than this!”

Trainwreck (Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission or TNRCC nickname)

“No Irish need apply”

Silent Service (United States Postal Inspection Service or USPIS nickname)

Secret Circus (Secret Service nickname)

“Sure you can trust the government—just ask an Indian”

“Stop repeat offenders—don’t re-elect them”

Texas Fifth (half-gallon of liquor)

“Working with academics is like herding cats” (education adage)

Citiot (city + idiot)

“Raining like a cow pissing on a flat rock”

“East end of a horse going west” (a horse’s ass)

“Can’t rub two nickels together” (poor)

“I love deadlines; I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by”

“Get fit to play sports — don’t play sports to get fit”

Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI)

“You can’t out-exercise a bad diet”

“Summer miles bring autumn smiles” (running adage)

“Nothing new on race day” (running adage)

“Did you ever notice that there are no recipes for leftover chocolate?”

“My sport is your sport’s punishment” (cross-country running aphorism)

“The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running”

“Work not to look good, but to make others look bad” (workout adage)

“The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank”

“Train, don’t strain” (exercise adage)

“Intensity builds immensity” (bodybuilding adage)

“Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you results”

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” (hockey adage)

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear” (running adage)

“Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret” (exercise adage)

“Pain is weakness leaving the body” (exercise adage)

“It’s just a hill—get over it!” (running and cycling aphorism)

“The longest distance in any race is the six inches between your ears”

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there”

“There is no such thing as overtraining, only undereating” (bodybuilding adage)

“Red equals green” or “Red means green” (professional wrestling adage)

Bureauweenie (bureaucrat + weenie)

“Four wheels carry the body; two wheels move the soul” (motorcycle aphorism)

“The faster you run, the faster you’re done” (running adage)

“If you want to come in second…follow me!” (running aphorism)

“Strawberry shortcake, banana split, we think your team plays like—” (sports cheer)

“Bomb hills, not countries” (skateboarding adage)

“What disease did ‘cured ham’ actually have?” (joke)

“Stay hungry”

“Stay thirsty”

“Pain is temporary, pride is forever” (sports and exercise adage)

“Keep Portland Weird”

City of Roses or Rose City (Portland nickname)

Stumptown (Portland nickname)

Beaver State (Oregon nickname)

Beervana (Portland nickname)

Movement Conservativism (Movement Conservative)

“You can’t beat a horse with no horse” (political adage)

“A campaign for re-election is a referendum on the incumbent”

Sunshine State (Florida nickname)

Bridgetown (Portland nickname)

“The mountain is out” (Mount Hood is visible)

Little Beirut (Portland nickname)

Puddletown (Portland nickname)

“Oregonians don’t tan, they rust”

People’s Republic of Portland (Portland nickname)

Boregonian (The Oregonian newspaper nickname)

Oregroanian (The Oregonian newspaper nickname)

Oregonian (inhabitant of Oregon)

Top Shelf (premium or best quality liquor)

Rip City (Portland nickname)

Track Town, USA (Eugene nickname)

Emerald City (Eugene nickname)

PDX (Portland nickname)

Soccer City, USA (Portland nickname)

P-Town (Portland nickname)

Sunset State (Oregon nickname)

Hard Case State (Oregon nickname)

Web Foot State (Oregon nickname)

“Rowing is the only sport you can win sitting on your butt going backwards”

“Rowing is the only sport that originated as capital punishment”

White Fort State (Oregon nickname)

Pacific Wonderland (Oregon slogan)

Oregon, We Love Dreamers (Oregon slogan)

Oregon, You’re More Than Welcome (Oregon slogan)

Oregon, Things Look Different Here (Oregon slogan)

“Politicians who complain about the press are like sailors complaining about the sea”

De-Portland (Portland nickname)

Cherry City (Salem nickname)

The City That Works (Portland slogan)

Ballers’ Paradise (Barclays Center nickname)

“Don’t take candy from strangers”

“Like taking candy from a baby” (something easy)

“This is a self-cleaning kitchen—clean up after yourself”

“You can get a man with face powder, but it takes baking powder to keep him”

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