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.

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Entry from November 21, 2012
“A fairy tale is a horror story to prepare children for the newspapers”

Newspapers often headline stories about wars and murders. “A fairy tale is a horror story to prepare children for the newspapers” is a definition that has been cited in print since at least 1985 and is of unknown authorship.


Google Books
Fundamentals of Voice & Diction
By Lyle Vernon Mayer
Dubuque, IA: William C. Brown
1985
Pg. 117:
A fairy tale is a horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.

Google Groups: alt.sex.bondage
Strawberry Jammer
1/17/90
(...)
Fairy Tale, n.:
A horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Simos Hadjiyiannis
5/13/91
(...)
Fairy Tale, n.:
A horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.

Google Books
Dictionary Of Proverbs
By Grenville Kleiser
New Delhi: A.P.H. Publishing Corporation
2005
Pg. 54:
Fairy tale: A horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.

Amazon.co.uk
Fairy Tale: A horror story to prepare children for the newspapers. - Funny Printed Coffee Mug [BLK4732]
by Mugz Game
Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sep 2011

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Cornelia France
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Fairy Tale: A horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.
6:31 PM - 23 May 12

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Permalink