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 28, 2012
“Lord, if I can’t be skinny, please let all my friends be fat”

"Lord, if I can’t be skinny, please let all my friends be fat” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers and posters. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1998 and is of unknown authorship.


Google Groups: ok.edmond.online
KThur86854
4/7/98
KWT BUMPER STICKERS
Name and Address: KENNETH W. THURMAN (KWT)
P.O. BOX 83191
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA 73148
# 470 - LORD, IF I CAN’T BE SKINNY PLEASE LET MY FRIENDS BE FAT

Google Groups: alt.fifty-plus.friends
Linda
9/24/99
(...)
Lord, if I can’t be skinny, let all my friends be fat.

Google Groups: alt.wisdom
Sayings
EvieC123
2/27/00
(...)
3. Lord, if I can’t be skinny, let all my friends be fat.

Google Books
Women and Dieting Culture:
Inside a Commercial Weight Loss Group

By Kandi M. Stinson
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press
2001
Pp. 85:
Recently I spotted a bumper (Pg. 86—ed.) sticker that read, “Lord, if I can’t be thin, let all my friends be fat.”

29 April 1983, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, “Undoing what’s done is job of Legislature” by Bill Kirby, pg. B1, col. 4:
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Lord, if I can’t be skinny, let all my friends be fat.”

Google Books
I Fail to Miss Your Point
By Jim O’Bryon
Longwood, FL: Xulon Press
2007
Pg. 59:
Bumper Sticker: God If I Can’t Be Skinny, Let All My Friends Be Fat

Google Books
Optimize Your Life!:
Interactive Worksheets CD Edition

By Bernhoff A. Dahl
Bangor, ME: Apellicon-Pearson Press
2011
Pg. 185:
Lord, if I can’t be skinny, please let all my friends be fat.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, November 28, 2012 • Permalink