A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 04, 2016
“Can February March?"/"No, but April May.”

An old calendar pun is:

Q: Can February March?
A: No, but April May.


The joke has been cited in print since March 1886, when it was printed in several American newspapers.


Chronicling America
25 March 1886, Belmont Chronicle (St. Clairsville, OH), pg. 3, col. 2:
“Can February March?” asked the punster with a sickly smile. “Perhaps not,” replied the quiet man, “but April May.”

Google Books
September 1886, The Southern Cultivator and Dixie Farmer (Atlanta, GA), “Humorous Selections,” pg. 400, col. 1:
“Can February March?” asked the punster with a sickly smile. “Perhaps not,” replied the quiet man, “but April May.”

Google Books
3 March 1887, Life magazine, pg. 129, col. 3:
“Can February March?” asked the punster, with a sickly smile.” “Perhaps not,” replied the quiet man, “but April May.” — £x.

Google Books
The Zaniest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1984
Pg. 64:
Can February March?
No, but April May.

Google Books
Jolly Jokes for the Young at Heart
By Bob Phillips
Eugene, OR; Harvest House Publishers
2010
Pg. 90:
Can February March?
No, but April May.

Google Books
More Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
By Rob Elliott
Grand Rapids, MI: Revell
2014
Pg. ?:
Emma: Can February March?
Leah: No, but April May.

reddit
Can February march? (self.Jokes)
submitted April 17, 2014 by guts_full_of_meat
No, but April may.

Twitter
Rathore Saab
‏@Dakoodaddy
Can February March?
No, but April May.
#Puns
1:35 AM - 5 Apr 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Monday, April 04, 2016 • Permalink