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 July 16, 2017
“If you are what you eat, then my dog is a calculator”

Does the “you are what you eat” proverb apply to pets? “If you are what you eat. Then my dog is a racoon” was posted on Twitter on July 29, 2011. “If you are what you eat...then my dog is my tv remote control” was posted on Twitter on September 12, 2011.

“If you are what you eat, then my dog is a calculator” was posted on Twitter by Chez McCorvey‏ on July 18, 2012. The “dog is a calculator” saying has been printed on several images.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), in the book Physiologie du Gout (1825), wrote “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are,” often interpreted as “you are what you eat.” This was figurative and not meant literally; one does not become an apple or a donut or a “skinny person” by eating such things.


Wikiquote: Food
Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es. Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.
. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout (1825); tr. M. F. K. Fisher, The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy (1949)
. Variants:
..Der Mensch ist, was er ißt. Man is what he eats.
..Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, Die Naturwißensschaft und die Revolution [Natural science and the revolution] (1850), repeated in Das Geheimnis des Opfers, ober der Mensch ist was er ißt [The mystery of sacrifice, or man is what he eats] (1862)
..You are what you eat.
..Victor Lindlahr, You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet (1942)

Twitter
Jackson Schueler‏
@JacksonSchueler
If you are what you eat. Then my dog is a racoon
2:20 AM - 29 Jul 2011

Twitter
Graham Outerbridge‏
@g_outerbridge
If you are what you eat...then my dog is my tv remote control #batteriesnotincluded #oops #bernese
8:38 PM - 12 Sep 2011

Twitter
Josh Hall‏
@JoshuaShawnHall
If you are what you eat then my dog’s the shit. #troof
12:50 PM - 5 Nov 2011

Twitter
Chez McCorvey‏
@CelebrityChez
If you are what you eat, then my dog is a calculator.
9:22 AM - 18 Jul 2012

Twitter
Rasha‏
@_Rush17
And my cat is a rubber band “@funnyoneliners: If you are what you eat, then my dog is a calculator. RT @CelebrityChez”
8:35 PM - 27 Jul 2012

Google Books
5,000 Sidesplitting Jokes and One-Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2013
Pg. ?:
If you are what you eat, then my dog is a calculator.

Twitter
Suppandi‏
@Suppandi
“If you are what you eat, then my dog is a calculator.”
11:30 PM - 18 Sep 2015

Twitter
OMG One Liners‏
@omg_oneliners
If you are what you eat then my dog is a calculator.
2:06 PM - 25 Jan 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, July 16, 2017 • Permalink