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 February 23, 2020
“Alcohol is bad for my legs."/ “Do they swell?"/ “No, they spread.”

"Alcohol is bad for my legs."/ “Do they swell?"/ “No, they spread” is a jocular conversation between a man and a woman that has been printed on many images.

This was printed in the newsgroup The Jokester on August 8, 2007:

Man goes into a cocktail lounge and approaches Maxine sitting by herself :
Man: “May I buy you a cocktail?”
Maxine: “No thank you, alcohol is bad for my legs.”
Man: “Sorry to hear that. Do they swell?”
Maxine: “No, they spread.”


The alcohol joke probably originated from a comic illustration of the “Maxine” character by John Wagner.


Google Groups: The Jokester
I Can’t Feel My Legs
The Jokester
8/8/07
(...)
Man goes into a cocktail lounge and approaches Maxine sitting by herself :
Man: “May I buy you a cocktail?”
Maxine: “No thank you, alcohol is bad for my legs.”
Man: “Sorry to hear that. Do they swell?”
Maxine: “No, they spread .”

Google Groups: Cooter Toons and Pics
Alcohol bad for your legs
Cooter Inc !
10/4/07
Man goes into a cocktail lounge and approaches Maxine sitting by herself :
Man: “May I buy you a cocktail?”
Maxine: “No thank you, alcohol is bad for my legs.”
Man: “Sorry to hear that. Do they swell?”
Maxine: “No, they spread.....!”

Google Books
Dying for Revenge
By Eric Jerome Dickey
New York, NY: Dutton
2008
Pg. 239:
“Can I buy you a drink when you get off?
“I don’t drink. Alcohol is bad for my legs.”
“Do they swell?”
“No, they spread.”

Twitter
Silverback Records
@MilitiaGuerrill
MAN:’MAY I BUY U A DRINK?LADY:’NO THANK U,ALCOHOL IS BAD FOR MY LEGS’ MAN:’SORRY TO HEAR THAT.DO THEY SWELL UP?’ LADY:’NO,THEY SPREAD’.
5:22 PM · Jun 7, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Marley
@MarleyMorge
Boy: “May I buy you a cocktail ?”
Girl: “Alcohol is bad for my legs”
Boy: “Do they swell ?”
Girl"No they spread”
11:59 AM · Dec 29, 2011 from United Kingdom·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
Another Bob and Brenda’s Joke Book
By Paul Gwilliam
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2013
Pg. ?: 
Guy: Can I buy you a drink? 
Girl: Sorry, but alcohol is bad for my legs.
Guy: Do they swell?
Girl: No. They spread.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/nickywitz December 9, 2019
So he asks the girl “Buy you a drink?”
She responds, “No, it’s bad for my legs.”
He asks “Why, do they swell?”
“No, they spread!”

Twitter
Calvin Bailey
@Calvin_Bailey_
Guy: Can I get you a drink?
Girl: No, alcohol is bad for my legs.
Guy: Do they swell?
Girl: No, they spread…
5:01 AM · Feb 23, 2020·Twitter for Android

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, February 23, 2020 • Permalink