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 April 15, 2017
“Why did Jesus cross the road?"/"Because he was nailed to the chicken.”

An Easter version of the “Why did the chicken cross the road?” riddle is:

Q: Why did the Jesus cross the road?
A: Because he was nailed to the chicken!


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1983.

“Why did the rabbit cross the road?"/"Because the chicken had his Easter eggs!” is a similar Easter riddle.


Google Books
Maledicta
Volume 6
1983
Pg. 308:
Why did Jesus cross the road?
Because He was nailed to a chicken.

Google Groups: alt.music.hardcore
Why did Jesus cross the road?
KRISTY BELT
7/4/96
Cuz he was nailed to the chicken!

Google Books
The House of Moses All-Stars:
A Novel

By Charles Rosen
San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Co.
1998
Pg. 400:
“Why did Jesus cross the road? . . . Because he was nailed to a chicken.”

Twitter
Dan McGraw‏
@danxmcgraw
Why did Jesus cross the road? Because he was nailed to the chicken.
8:13 PM - 3 Apr 2009

Twitter
Cathal Garvey‏
@cgarvey
Why did Jesus #cross the road? Because he was nailed to the chicken! [should I stop now?!]
6:39 AM - 10 Apr 2009

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

By Scott McNeely
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
2012
Pg. 51:
Why did Jesus cross the road?
Because he was nailed to the chicken.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Saturday, April 15, 2017 • Permalink