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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 27, 2020
“A book just fell on my head. I only have my shelf to blame”

"My self” might sound like “my shelf” if someone (such as the Scottish accent of actor Sean Connery) pronounces it.

“I was at home last night, and a book fell on my head.I suppose I’ve only got my shelf to blame” was posted on Twitter by Russell P on October 24, 2009. “A book just fell on my head. I have only my shelf to blame.  (via @justinewalshe)” was posted on Twitter by Jerry T Brown on October 25, 2009. Authorship of the joke is uncertain.


Twitter
Russell P
@parsl
I was at home last night, and a book fell on my head.I suppose I’ve only got my shelf to blame.
4:14 PM · Oct 24, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jerry T Brown
@JerryTBrown
A book just fell on my head. I have only my shelf to blame.  (via @justinewalshe)
8:27 PM · Oct 25, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
David Burton
@Phishtitz
A book just fell on my head. I guess I only have my shelf to blame
6:16 AM · Oct 31, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jeremy Taylor
@MrWriteCzech
I put up a new bookshelf in a hurry. Unfortunately it fell down and hit me on the head. I suppose I only have my shelf to blame.
11:34 AM · Dec 18, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Andy Bray
@Brayaw
#jokeoftheday: a book fell on my head this morning. I’ve only got my shelf to blame…
6:38 AM · Dec 19, 2009·Twitter Web Client

16 January 2010, The Sun (London, UK), “Have a Laugh!,” pg. 9:
A BOOK fell on my head the other day.
I’ve only got my shelf to blame.
TOM O’CONNELL Kilkenny

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK” Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
I got into bed, and a book fell on my head. I’ve only got my shelf to blame.

28 March 2012, Leicester (UK) Mercury, “Travellers return to junction,” pg. 8:
LEICESTERSHIRE LAUGHS
‘A book fall on my head yesterday - I only have my shelf to blame!’

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/tuffpupp September 17, 2015
A book just fell on my head…
-and I only have my shelf to blame.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/CamillaBrokenWings July 20, 2018
A book just fell on my head....
I guess I’ve only got my shelf to blame…
COMMENTS
glesgakis
Glad To Say your not a shelfish person

Google Books
Dad Jokes for Kids:
350+ Silly, Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for the Whole Family!

By Jimmy Niro
Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks
2020
Pg. ?:
A book just fell on my head! It really hurt, but I’ve only got my shelf to blame.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/TheBigg00F July 28, 2020
A book just fell on my head
I only have my shelf to blame

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