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 August 31, 2014
“I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere”

"I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere” is a jocular line that has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts and cards. “I’m offering chocolate cake (it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere; we ought to celebrate....)” was cited in print in 1997. “Birthday cake (...) To take from the Jackson/Buffet song - It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere...” was cited in 2008. “I just ate two giant pieces of cake. Hey, it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere” was cited on Twitter in 2010.

Similar sayings include “It’s five o’clock somewhere” (it’s time for an alcoholic drink) and “It’s breakfast time somewhere” (it’s time to eat breakfast foods, such as cereal).


Google Groups: misc.writing
Coming in from the cold
Skimmingtn
2/14/97
(...)
I’m offering chocolate cake (it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere; we ought to celebrate. And there are enough candles for everyone to get their wish.)

Roadfood.com—Desserts Forum
lostnthemail
RE: What Kind of Icing on Your Cake
Tue, 03/18/08 7:33 AM
(...)
Birthday cake - We have a bakery in town that does a really nice cream cheese icing. I also like the traditional “too sweet, can’t eat it very often” birthday cake icing. It is something my co-workers & I crave now and then. To take from the Jackson/Buffet song - It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere…

IWatchStuff
‘Race to Witch Mountain’ Trailer Like a Supernatural ‘Friends’ for Kids
November 18, 2008
(...)
He would have told so many amusing anecdotes about how David Schwimmer is nothing like Ross. He would have brought donuts to the set every day, just because “It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere, eh?”

Twitter
PopularFeeds
‏@PopularFeeds
johncmayer: I just ate two giant pieces of cake. Hey, it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere.- johncmayer: I just ate t… http://bit.ly/cp0XD1
5:53 PM - 1 Feb 2010

Google Books
More One Liners, Jokes and Gags
By Grant Tucker
London: The Robson Press
2013
Pg. ?:
I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere.

Twitter
Adam Newman
‏@Adam_Newman
I never say, “It’s 5:00 somewhere,” when I drink early, but I do say, “It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere,” when I eat cake alone.
2:36 PM - 21 Jun 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, August 31, 2014 • Permalink