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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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

“Being late is the same thing as being wrong”

Shrimp of the Dirt or Shrimp of the Land (cicadas)

Fartichoke (fart + Jerusalem artichoke)

Golden Brown and Delicious (GBD)

“The butler did it” (murder mystery drama saying)

“You are what you eat.”/“I need to eat a skinny person.”

“You’ll never leave where you are until you decide where you’d rather be”

“Fear is temporary; regret is forever”

“A party without cake is just a meeting”

Meatless Monday

Pop-Up Hotel

Prostitute Heights (Prospect Heights High School nickname)

Clara-Bortion (Clara Barton High School nickname)

Waldorf of the Catskills (Grossinger’s Hotel nickname)

“Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink ...” (Babe Ruth?)

“Don’t be dumb and mix wine and rum”

Terrific Tuesday

Dining in the Dark (Dark Dining)

Jerkocrat (jerk + bureaucrat/Democrat)

“‘I’ before ‘E,’ except in Budweiser”

“Your body is a temple, but keep the spirits on the outside”

“You don’t have to be a beer drinker to play darts, but it helps”

“History flows forward on rivers of beer”

“How come alcohol never kills brain cells that make me want to drink?”

“I (Babe Ruth) had a better year than he (President Hoover) did”

Condoburg (condominium + Williamsburg)



Heroin Highway (Eighth Avenue; Long Island Expressway)

Stawk (stock)

“Friends don’t let friends drink light beer”

“I can walk on water, but I stagger on alcohol”

“Drink triple, see double, act single”

“A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle”

Lunch Break Rager

Lunch Break Rave

Austerical (austerity + hysterical)

“How’s my driving?” (bumper sticker)

“Minds are like parachutes—they only function when open”

Congresspuke (Congress + puke)

Coexist (bumper sticker)

“DNT TXT N DRV” (bumper sticker)

“Democracy is not a spectator sport”

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (“Bible” backronym)

United Stasi of America (“USA” backronym)

Flying Waiter (food delivery helicopter)

Son Of a Bitch, Everything’s Real (“sober” backronym)

HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired)

“We’re all here because we’re not all there” (recovery program joke)

Turnkey Tyranny

Feral Reserve (Federal Reserve nickname)

Grasshopper (cocktail)

Grasshopper Pie; Grasshopper Ice Cream Sandwich

“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide”

Healthing (health + helping)

Bartoonist (bar + cartoonist)

“Maintenance doesn’t cost—it pays”

“Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” (auto racing adage)

“It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow”

Baby Raddle/Rattle (chocolate and rainbow sprinkles)

“Editors choose their stories, but sometimes stories choose their editors”

“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here” (bar saying at closing time)

“The living deserve our respect; the dead deserve the truth”

“Our most important assets go home every night” (employee-intensive business slogan)

National Socialist Agency (National Security Agency or NSA nickname)

“Each day of our lives we make deposits into the memory banks of our children”

“We control the Tide” (Texas A&M joke about Alabama football)

“Texas Is Calling, Your Opportunity Awaits”

“Texas forever”

Great Shrinkage


Slush or Slushie or Slushy (a flavored drink with crushed ice)

Lobsterrific (lobster + terrific)

Neocon Spying Agency (National Security Agency or NSA nickname)

Black-Robed Gang (court judges)

Poke Test or Finger Test (rule for cooking meat)

“Security is our middle name” (slogan at various government agencies)

“Learn, Earn, Serve”

“Come as you are in the family car” (drive-in slogan)


Congross (Congress + gross)

Apple-picking (theft of Apple products)

Food Critic

Restaurant Critic

Pop-Up Bar

Veterans Abandoned (Department of Veterans Affairs or VA nickname)

“A full mind is an empty bat” (baseball adage)

“Carvers are starvers” (carving adage)

“To finish first, first you must finish” (auto racing adage)

Brooklynettes (Brooklyn Nets cheerleaders/dancers)

C-note ($100 bill)

Eggcellent (egg + excellent)

Beer Can Concealer

“Take your boy hunting and you won’t have to hunt for your boy”

Internal Rotten Scoundrels (Internal Revenue Service or IRS nickname)


“Horsepower is what you read about, but torque is what you feel” (automotive saying)

“The United States of America does not have friends; it has interests”

“The whiter your bread, the sooner you’re dead”

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