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 30, 2016
“Mommy, can i lick the bowl?” (joke)

Children often want to “lick the bowl”—the mixing bowl. A popular joke is:

Child: Mommy, can I lick the bowl?
Mother: Shut up and flush it like anybody else!


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1960.


Spring 1960, Midwest Folklore, “‘Shut Up and Keep Digging”: The Cruel Joke Series” by Brian Sutton Smith, pg. 17:
“Mommy can I lick the bowl.”
“Shut up and flush it like anybody else.”

Google Books
Western Folklore
1963
Pg. 92:
Mamma, Mamma, can I lick the bowl? Shut up and flush it! (S-S #56: HS 5: C 3: 1959)

Google Books
Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling’s Disgustingly Dirty Joke Book
By Jackie Martling
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1997
Pg. 117:
A little girl walks out of the bathroom, and her mother’s making a cake.

She says, “Mommy, can I lick the bowl?”

Her mother says, “Will you flush it like everyone else?”

Google Books
Man Walks into a Bar:
Over 6,000 of the Most Hilarious Jokes, Funniest Insults and Gut-Busting One-Liners

By Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins
Berkeley, CA; Ulysses Press
2007
Pg. 314:
“Mommy, mommy! Can I lick the bowl?” “No, flush it like everyone else!

Twitter
Dave Ormerod
‏@Daveoodle
@FenstarDeLuxe lick the bowl? You should flush it like everyone else nangdabbit!
3:54 PM - 5 Feb 2009

Twitter
Eddie Johnston
‏@eddiej
Little lad in the kitchen: “mummy, can I lick the bowl?” Mummy: “No dear, flush it like everyone else does” #doylejoke
9:24 AM - 24 Apr 2009

Twitter
Aamer Iqbal
‏@DrAamer
@nglngt Reminds me of a story a much younger cousin narrated: Kid to mom, “Can I lick the bowl?” Mom, “No, flush it like everyone else.”
12:02 PM - 20 Aug 2016

reddit
I always used to ask my mom if I could lick the bowl…
submitted August 31, 2016 by derekjb96
... She’d always say “No! Just flush it like a normal person!”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 • Permalink


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