A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 01, 2014
“Q: What do you get when you mix beans and onions? A: Tear gas.”

It’s common knowledge that onions make one cry and that beans give one gas, leading to the joke:

Q: What do you get when you mix beans and onions?
A: Tear gas.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1992 and is of unknown authorship.


Google Groups: rec.sport.basketball.college
Shaq and Brown
Jeffrey N. Burch
4/27/92
(...)
What do you get when you eat onions and baked beans???
Tear gas.

Google Groups: comp.unix.questions
ile (Input Line Editor)
Joshua A. Laff
2/18/93
(...)
What do you get when you eat onions and beans?
Tear gas.

Google Books
Everything I Know About Writing
By John Marsden
Sydney: Pan Macmillian Australia
1998
Pg. ?:
Q: What do you get from baked beans and onions? A: Tear gas.

Google Groups: at.gesellschaft.recht
Meldeamt
Clemens Haupt
1/11/00
(...)
. If I eat beans and onions, will I make tear gas?

Google Books
The Everything Kids’ Gross Cookbook:
Get Your Hands Dirty in the Kitchen with These Yucky Meals!

By Colleen Sell and Melinda Frank
Avon MA: Adams Media
2007
Pg. 43:
What can you make from baked beans and onions? Tear gas!

Google Books
Ultimate Book of Jokes:
The Essential Collection of More Than 1,500 Jokes

By Scott McNeely
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
2011
Pg. ?:
Q: What sort of farts do you get by mixing beans and onions? A: Tear gas.

Twitter
Candida Tsasie
‏@Candida_Tsasie
Q: What can you make from baked beans and onions? A: Tear gas.
7:11 PM - 31 Aug 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, September 01, 2014 • Permalink


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