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 October 04, 2012
“The noblest of all dogs is the hot dog; it feeds the hand that bites it”

"The noblest of all dogs is the hot dog; it feeds the hand that bites it” is a one-line joke that has been printed on several gift items, such as posters and T-shirts. “"The hot dog. It not only does not bite the hand that feeds it; it feeds the hand that bites it” has been cited in print since at least 1934 and is of unknown authorship.

Educator and author Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990) is often credited with originating the line. Peter did include the line in one of his books from the 1970s, but he didn’t use the joke first.


6 December 1934, The Weekly Tribune (Moulton, IA), “Jokes,” pg. 5, col. 3:
Gale: “What is the noblest kind of dog?”
Mir. Strong: “I give up.”
Gale: “The hot dog. It not only does not bite the hand that feeds it; it feeds the hand that bites it.”

5 March 1935, The Bee (Danville, VA), pg. 4, col. 4:
Friend—What is the noblest kind of dog?
Northside Man—I give up.
Friend—The hot dog. It not only doesn’t bite the hand that feeds it; it feeds the hand that bites it.

11 April 1941, Daily Boston Globe (Boston, MA), pg. 14:
Noble Dog
The noblest kind of dog is hotdog, for it not only doesn’t bite the hand that feeds it, it feeds the hand that bites it.—Santa Fe Magazine.

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July 1942, The Rotarian, pg. 63, col. 1:
Hot Dog
It is said: “The noblest kind of dog is the hot dog — it actually feeds the hand that bites it.” — The Signal, EAST PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA.

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Handbook of Humor for All Occasions
By Jacob Morton Braude
London: Bailey Bros. & Swinfen
1958
Pg. 293:
Hot dog: the only animal that feeds the hand that bites it.

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The Successful Toastmaster;
A Treasure Chest of Introductions, Epigrams, Humor, and Quotations

By Herbert V. Prochnow
New York, NY: Harper & Row
1966
Pg. 244:
A dog is noble but a hot dog is nobler: it feeds the hand that bites it.

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20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 238:
The noblest of all dogs is the hot dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.

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The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said
Selected and compiled by Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Touchstone
2012
1,568
The noblest dog is the hot dog, which feeds the hand that bites it.
—Laurence J. Peter (1919–1990)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Thursday, October 04, 2012 • Permalink