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 December 25, 2013
“Maple syrup is thicker than blood” (joke)

"Blood is thicker than water” is an old saying than means that family (blood) is more important than friends (water). A joke version of the proverb was published on Twitter on May 11, 2010:

“Blood is thicker than water, but maple syrup is thicker than blood. In conclusion: pancakes are more important than family.”

Maple syrup is often put on pancakes, but it doesn’t necessarily logically follow that everything that is thicker than blood is more important than family. The jocular saying has been frequently reprinted.


Wikipedia: Blood is thicker than water
In modern society, the proverb “blood is thicker than water” is used to imply that family ties (blood) are always more important (thicker) than the ties you make among friends (water). It generally means that the bonds of family and common ancestry are stronger than the bonds between unrelated people (such as friendship).

The equivalent proverb in German (originally: Blut ist dicker als Wasser), first appeared in the medieval German beast epic Reinhart Fuchs (c. 1180 “Reynard the Fox") by Heinrich der Glîchezære, whose words in English read, ‘Kin-blood is not spoilt by water.’

In 1412, the English priest John Lydgate observed in ‘Troy Book,’ ‘For naturally blood will be of kind / Drawn-to blood, where he may it find.’

By 1670, the modern version was included in John Ray’s collected ‘Proverbs,’ and later appeared in Sir Walter Scott’s novel ‘Guy Mannering’ (1815) “Weel — Blud’s thicker than water — she’s welcome to the cheeses."[2] and in English reformer Thomas Hughes’s ‘Tom Brown’s School Days’ (1857).

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Christy Ann
‏@crispycracka
Blood is thicker than water, but maple syrup is thicker than blood. In conclusion: pancakes are more important than family.
11:11 AM - 11 Mar 10

Momspective
Dr. B.
March 30, 2010 at 1:56 am
JULIE’S DADDY’S RANDOM TUESDAY THOUGHTS:
– At her doctor’s Julie had to sign a form giving up custody rights to her pee, but they still allow visitation.
– Blood is thicker than water, but maple syrup is thicker than blood. In conclusion: pancakes are more important than family.

JoyReactor
anon
16:00:00; 30 Mar 2010
BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER,
BUT MAPLE SYRUP IS THICKER THAN BLOOD.
SO PANCAKES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FAMILY.
THERE, IS SAID IT.
-- CHICKENSHIT[T]TUMBLR

Blogger King
Jun 1, 2010
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9. Cameron: thinks blood is thicker than water,but maple syrup is thicker than blood. In conclusion pancakes are more important than family

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Stewie Griffin
‏@ItsStewieGriffn
Blood is thicker than water but maple syrup is thicker than blood so technically pancakes are more important than family.
1:03 AM - 25 Dec 13

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