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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Entry from March 13, 2021
“Why did the fur trader cross the road?”/“To get to the other hide.”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?”/“To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. Popular variants include “other hide” or “otter’s hide.”
 
“Why did the tanner cross the road? / To get to the other hide” was printed in The Horn Book Magazine in 1989. “Why did the tanner cross the road ? / To get to the other hide” was printed in Children’s Literature Review (2005) by Tom Burns. “Why did the tanner cross the road? To get to the other hide!” was posted on Twitter by Joshua Sloan on August 19, 2009. “Why did the tanner cross the road… To get to the other hide” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on January 14, 2018.
 
“Why did the fur trader cross the road? To get to the other hide” was printed in Boys’ Life in November 2003. “Why did the alligator trapper cross the road? To get to the other hide” was posted on Twitter by Frank Cerabino on June 16, 2009. “Why’d the fur trapper cross the road?
-To get to the other hide” was posted on Twitter by CASE on February 22, 2016. “Why’d the fur trapper cross the road? To get to the other hide…” was posted on Reddit—Badjokes on August 22, 2017.
   
“Why did the taxidermist cross the road? to get to the other hide” was posted on the newsgroup rec.puzzles on January 10, 2005. “Why did the taxidermist cross the road? To get to the other hide” was posted on Twitter by Burnsland on January 9, 2012. “Why did the Taxidermist cross the road?  To get to the other hide” was posted on Twitter by Mark T. Shirey on July 9, 2019.
 
“Why did the birdwatcher cross the road? To get to the other hide” was printed in the The Usborne Book of Silly Jokes (2003) by Laura Howell. “Why did the birdwatcher cross the road? To get to the other hide” was posted on Twitter by Ian McMillan on August 4, 2013. “Why did the birdwatcher cross the road? To get to the other hide” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on October 23, 2019.
   
“Q: Why did the fur trapper cross the road? A: To get to the otter’s hide” was posted on Twitter by Area Man on May 13, 2015. “Q: Why did the fur trapper cross the road? A: To get to the otter’s hide” was posted on Twitter by Jeff Cagwin on August 15, 2017. “Why did the fur trader cross the road? To get to the otter’s hide!” was posted on Twitter by WitCoHE on May 17, 2020.
 
“Why did the otter cross the road?”/“To get to the otter side” is a related riddle.
   
   
Wikipedia: Otter
Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae. The 13 extant otter species are all semiaquatic, aquatic or marine, with diets based on fish and invertebrates. Lutrinae is a branch of the weasel family Mustelidae, which also includes badgers, honey badgers, martens, minks, polecats, and wolverines.
 
A bird hide (or hide, British usage; known as a blind or bird blind in North America,) is a shelter, often camouflaged, that is used to observe wildlife, especially birds, at close quarters. Although hides or hunting blinds were once built chiefly as hunting aids, they are now commonly found in parks and wetlands for the use of birdwatchers, ornithologists and other observers who do not want to disturb wildlife as it is being observed.
           
Google Books
The Horn Book Magazine
Volume 65, Issues 1-3  
1989
Pg. 63:
Some are clever variants of familiar themes: Why did the tanner cross the road? / To get to the other hide.
 
Google Books
Book Review Digest
Volume 86
1990
Pg. 15:
Some are clever variants of familiar themes: Why did the tanner cross the road? / To get to the other hide. 
     
Google Books
The Illustrated Weekly of India
Volume 111, Issues 35-43
1990
Pg. 50:
Why did the poacher cross the road?
Because he wanted to get to the other hide.
 
Google Groups: alt.guitar.amps
OT: Clean Kids’ Jokes Corner
Miles O’Neal
Jan 17, 2002, 6:13:17 PM
(...)
Why did the chicken cross the taxidermy store?
To get to the other hide.
     
Google Books
The Usborne Book of Silly Jokes
By Laura Howell
London, UK: Usborne
2003    
Pg. 47:
Why did the birdwatcher cross the road?
To get to the other hide.
 
Google Books
November 2003, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 53, col. 2:
Nathaniel: Why did the fur trader cross the road?
Edward: Why?
Nathaniel: To get to the other hide.
-Nathaniel Postol, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
       
Google Books
Children’s Literature Review:
Excerpts from Reviews, Criticism, and Commentary on Books for Children and Young People

By Tom Burns
Detroit, MI: Thomson Gale
2005
Pg. XVI:
Why did the tanner cross the road ? / To get to the other hide.
 
Google Groups: rec.puzzles
Why did the chicken
Rich The Newsgropup Wacko
Jan 10, 2005, 5:58:48 PM
(...)
Why did the taxidermist cross the road?
to get to the other hide
 
Google Groups: rec.puzzles
Why did the chicken
gerson
Jan 13, 2005, 3:07:58 PM
“Michael Mendelsohn” > EDEB schrieb:
> > What about: Why did the chicken cross the bird sanctuary?
>
> Why did it
 
To get to the other hide !
   
Twitter 
Bradley Martin
@gitfinger
Replying to @robertpopper
@robertpopper why did the animal skin cross the road? To get to the other HIDE! See what I did there?
4:54 AM · Jun 4, 2009·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Frank Cerabino
@FranklyFlorida
2 gators, a trapper, and a busy Fla. road. http://tinyurl.com/mcvvqo Why did the alligator trapper cross the road? To get to the other hide.
8:52 AM · Jun 16, 2009·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Joshua Sloan
@Haunshaul
Why did the tanner cross the road? To get to the other hide!
3:31 AM · Aug 19, 2009·Twitter SMS
 
Twitter
Francis Bonnet
@francisbonnet
Rejected Gag #234: Why did the hunter cross the road? To get to the other hide.
8:27 AM · Mar 29, 2011·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Hugh McCafferty
@HughMcCafferty
Q: Why did the leather enthusiast cross the road? A: To get to the other hide!
6:48 PM · Sep 4, 2011·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
Burnsland
@Burnsland
Why did the taxidermist cross the road? To get to the other hide.
5:45 PM · Jan 9, 2012·TweetDeck
   
Twitter
Holly Holly Oxen free
@smallishmedium
Why did the chicken cross the taxidermy store?
To get to the other hide.
1:13 PM · Feb 3, 2013·Twitter for iPhone
     
Twitter
Ian McMillan
@IMcMillan
Why did the birdwatcher cross the road? To get to the other hide.
3:35 AM · Aug 4, 2013·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Toby Kearse
@TobyKearse
Why did the chicken cross the tannery? To get to the other hide.
7:24 AM · Jul 26, 2013·Twitter for Android
   
Twitter
Andrew Edgar
@andrewedgar
Replying to @fixourmachine
@fixourmachine Why did the chicken cross the tannery? To get to the other hide.
4:58 PM · Oct 22, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Area Man
@lheal
Q: Why did the fur trapper cross the road?
A: To get to the otter’s hide.
11:02 PM · May 13, 2015·TweetCaster for Android
   
Twitter
Jeff Cagwin
@JeffCagwin
Q: Why did the fur trapper cross the road?
A: To get to the otter’s hide.
10:45 PM · May 15, 2015·Hootsuite
       
Twitter
Stewart
@listen_theband
Why did the ornithologist cross the road? To get to the other hide!
6:19 PM · Dec 12, 2015·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
CASE
@deadzep5
Why’d the fur trapper cross the road?
-To get to the other hide.
I’m funny in my own mind
8:31 PM · Feb 22, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Jeff Cagwin
@JeffCagwin
Q: Why did the fur trapper cross the road?
A: To get to the otter’s hide.
5:40 PM · Aug 15, 2017·Hootsuite
 
Reddit—Badjokes
Posted by u/Xiaco9020 August 22, 2017
Why’d the fur trapper cross the road?
To get to the other hide…
   
Twitter
♖Dr. Parson Peeves™♖
@ParsonPeeves
Why did the trapper cross the road?
To get to the otters hide.
10:36 PM · Aug 22, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Ace_Arma January 14, 2018
Why did the tanner cross the road…
To get to the other hide.
       
Twitter
Ethan Wright
@EthanielWright
Why did the chicken cross the tannery?
To get to the other hide.
10:36 AM · Jan 18, 2018·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
♖Dr. Parson Peeves™♖
@ParsonPeeves
Why did the trapper cross the road?
To get to the otter’s hide.
#WorldOtterDay
2:24 PM · May 30, 2018·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Mark T. Shirey
@MarkShirey
Replying to @MarkShirey
People seem to prefer:  Why did the Taxidermist cross the road?  To get to the other hide.
7:13 PM · Jul 9, 2019·Twitter Web Client
 
Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/EarthMarsUranus October 23, 2019
Why did the birdwatcher cross the road?
To get to the other hide.
       
Twitter
Jace Sternberger SZN
@entertherhino1
Really high and think I made up a joke. Surely I didn’t…
Why did the taxidermist cross the road?
To get to the other hide.
*shows self out…..
10:57 PM · Jan 27, 2020·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
WitCoHE
@E__Strobel
Replying to @2CynicAl65
Why did the fur trader cross the road?
To get to the otter’s hide!
12:00 PM · May 17, 2020·Tweetbot for iΟS
   
Facebook
Antony Whittaker
February 9,2021 at 6:21 AM ·
Why did the birdwatcher cross the road, to get to the other hide
 
Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/KUfan March 13, 2021
Why did the pelt thief cross the road?
To get to the other’s hide.

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