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 August 27, 2017
“Why did the gum cross the road?"/"Because it was under the chicken’s foot.”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. A gum version is:

Q: Why did the gum cross the road?
A: Because it was under the chicken’s foot.


“Why did the chewing gum cross the road?” was posted on the newsgroup rec.humor on November 7, 1992,


Google Groups: rec.humor
Why Did It Cross The Road
Mark Olsen
11/7/92
(...)
Q:  Why did the chewing gum cross the road?
A:  Because it was stuck to the chikens foot…

Google Books
May 1994, Boys’ Life. “Think & Grin,” pg. 73, col. 2:
Dicky: Why did the bubble- gum cross the road?
Nicky: Beats me. Why?
Dicky: It was stuck to the chicken’s foot. — Wheeler Pryor, Chamblee, Ga.

2 December 1996, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Yak Yuks,” pg. 2C, col. 2:
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Because the chicken stepped on it.
From Deanna Koenig, 8, Canton Township.

18 December 1996, The Sun (London, UK), pg. 6:
Why did the piece of chewing gum cross the road? Because it was stuck to the chicken’s foot!

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
2 Small Jokes
Dan
1/24/97
(...)
Q. Why did the bubblegum cross the road?
A.  It was stuck to the bottom of the chicken’s foot.

1 March 1997, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), “Almost exactly the perfect way to act naturally” by Elsa McDowell, pg. 1:
Why did the chewing gum cross the road?
Just ask Jane and Alex Werrell. “It was on the chicken’s foot.”

Google Books
Best Jokes Ever:
Jokes for Kids

By Chantelle Grace
Racine, WI: BroadStreet Kids
2017
Pg. ?:
Why did the piece of gum cross the road?
It was stuck to the chicken’s foot.

Twitter
Lucky Score‏
@LuckyScoreNet
Why did the gum cross the road?
Because it
was under the elephants foot.
#Joke from #ElephantJokes in #Jokes, #Humor and #Satire
5:02 AM - 28 Aug 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Sunday, August 27, 2017 • Permalink