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 18, 2012
“Start a movement—eat a prune”

Prunes are known to be nature’s laxatives. The bumper sticker “Start A Movement—Eat A Prune” (a joke on “bowel movement") has been cited in print since at least 1973.


Wikipedia: Prune
Health benefits
Prunes and their juice contain mild laxatives including phenolic compounds (mainly as neochlorogenic acids and chlorogenic acids) and sorbitol. Prunes also contain dietary fiber (about 6%, or 0.06 g per gram of prune). Prunes and prune juice are thus common home remedies for constipation. Prunes also have a high antioxidant content.

4 February 1973, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), “State’s legislators face a social 2 weeks,” pg. A14:
“It read: ‘Start A Movement, Eat A Prune.’”

18 August 1973, Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV), pg. 5, col. 1:
Two bumper stickers sighted this week impart profound messages:

Support Mental Health—or I;ll Kill You;
And: Start a Movement—Eat a Prune.

19 May 1974, The Independent Record (Helena, MT), “A bumper crop of stickers,” pg. 17:
START A MOVEMENT
EAT A PRUNE

Google Books
Reporting for the Print Media
By Fred Fedler
Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1993
Pg. 401:
Another student appeared for an interview dressed in a T-shirt inscribed, “Start a Movement—-Eat a Prune.”

Google Books
Only Begotten Daughter
By James Morrow
San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace
1996
Pg. 149:
At least she was dressed for the heat: denim cutoffs, a Smile Shop T-shirt (start a movement — eat a prune).

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Humor
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
New York, NY: Carroll & Graf
2000
Pg. 331:
Eat a prune and start a movement.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, November 18, 2012 • Permalink