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 January 28, 2019
“A Chinese restaurant got vandalized. It was an act of wonton destruction”

"Wanton destruction” should not be confused with “wonton destruction.” “Dr. Howe discussed the rise of Chinese nationalism (...) and ‘wonton’ destruction” was printed in The Evening Leader (Staunton, VA) on November 11, 1932. “Morton Leventhal, the Miami Beach wit, tells of the glutton who, after demolishing a huge Chinese dinner and remorsefully feeling the pangs of indigestion, was heard to remark, ‘Isn’t this sheer won-ton destruction?’” was printed in the Miami (FL) Daily News on October 26, 1952.

The pun often refers to a Chinese restaurant. “You hear about the bomb that went off in the Chinese restaurant? It was a case of wonton destruction” was posted on the newsgroup ba.food on May 1, 2006, and “If a Chinese restaurant were to be vandalized, it would be a case of wonton destruction” was posted on ba.food on January 2, 2009. “Did you hear the news about that Chinese restaurant that got vandalized? It was an act of wonton destruction” was posted on the website Pun of the Day on October 9, 2017.


11 November 1932, The Evening Leader (Staunton, VA), “Armistice,” pg. 2, col. 2:
Dr. Howe discussed the rise of Chinese nationalism (...) and “wonton” destruction.

26 October 1952, Miami (FL) Daily News, “Miracle of Fatima a Moving Drama” by Herb Rau, pg. 12-C, col. 1:
Morton Leventhal, the Miami Beach wit, tells of the glutton who, after demolishing a huge Chinese dinner and remorsefully feeling the pangs of indigestion, was heard to remark, “Isn’t this sheer won-ton destruction?” (For the wanton squares who don’t get it, won-ton is a Chinese Zoup)

6 August 1957, Miami (FL) Daily News, “Dateline Miami” by Herb Rau, pg. 19A, cols. 4-5:
A Chinese Junk, he claims, is not a river-going vessel—it’s the stuff they served with his fried rice. The meal, he insists, can best be described as sheer won-ton destruction.

Google Groups: ba.food
Re: Top and bottom postin
Geoff Miller
5/1/06
(...)
You hear about the bomb that went off in the Chinese restaurant? It was a case of wonton destruction.

Google Groups: ba.food
Wonton soup
Geoff Miller
1/2/09
Phil Gustafson writes:

> Way back when, Herb Caen noted a place on Polk Street Or “Polkstrasse,” as he called it.

> offering “Wanton Soup”.

If a Chinese restaurant were to be vandalized, it would be a case of wonton destruction.

Twitter
adamcoop
@adamcoop
Public service announcement: All rice-paper wrappers in South Canberra have been destroyed. Another senseless act of Wonton Destruction.
3:43 AM - 6 Apr 2009

Twitter
T’Other Simon
@TOther_Simon
The local Chinese restaurant got vandalised last night. Police are describing it as a ‘act of wonton destruction’.
2:07 AM - 23 Oct 2009

Twitter
Jon Hunter
@jon_hunter
I’ve just smashed up a load of Chinese dumplings in an act of wonton destruction. #sorry
5:03 AM - 14 Apr 2010

23 February 2011, Evening News (Edinburgh, Scotland), “Joke of the day,” pg. 17:
I just picked up a bowl of Chinese food and smashed it against a wall.
It was an act of wonton destruction
Simon Edwards, Leith

Reddit—dadjokes
Posted byu/JEZTURNER September 13, 2016
Did you hear about the Chinese restaurant that burned down?
There were scenes of wonton destruction.

I made this up a few years ago when actually eating in a Chinese restaurant.

Pun of the Day
Puns about Food (Restaurants)
(...)
6. Did you hear the news about that Chinese restaurant that got vandalized? It was an act of wonton destruction.
(This pun was posted on October 9, 2017.—ed.)

Twitter
Just another Jokes
@factjokes
Did you hear the news about that Chinese restaurant that got vandalized? It was an act of wonton destruction. Comment On This Pun!
3:17 AM - 9 Oct 2017

Reddit—dadjokes
Posted byu/thomasbrakeline November 25, 2018
Did you hear the news about that Chinese restaurant that got vandalized?
It was an act of wonton destruction.

Twitter
🤣 The Dad Joke Man 😉
@DadJokeMan
Someone has smashed up all the Chinese dumplings I was going to have for my dinner… It was an act of wonton destruction…
3:04 PM - 24 Jan 2019

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Monday, January 28, 2019 • Permalink