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 February 14, 2019
“Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?"/"No, they had an apple.”

A popular Valentine’s Day riddle is:

Q: Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
A: No, they had an apple.


The joke was printed in the Boston (MA) Sunday Herald on February 8, 1959. However, the “forbidden fruit” in the biblical story of Adam and Eve probably was not an apple—and could possibly have been a date.


Wikipedia: Forbidden fruit
Identifications and depictions
The word fruit appears in Hebrew as פֶּ֫רִי (pərî ). As to which fruit may have been the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, possibilities include apple, grape, pomegranate, fig, carob, etrog or citron, pear, and mushrooms. The pseudepigraphic Book of Enoch describes the tree of knowledge: “It was like a species of the Tamarind tree, bearing fruit which resembled grapes extremely fine; and its fragrance extended to a considerable distance. I exclaimed, How beautiful is this tree, and how delightful is its appearance!” (1 Enoch 31:4).
(...)
Apple
In Western Europe, the fruit was often depicted as an apple.

8 February 1959, Boston (MA) Sunday Herald, “Riddles,” sec. 4, pg. 10, col. 4:
Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
(Col. 7—ed.)
Riddle Answers
No, they had an apple.

7 October 1963, San Diego (CA) Union, “Fun Time—The Riddle Box” by Ardaky Leokum, pg. B16, col. 3:
Jack: Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
Joe: Yes.
Jack: Wrong! They had an apple.

Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 105:
Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
No, they had an apple.

23 July 1989, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Kidsday Smiles,” pg. 1:
Jack: “Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?”
Tom: “I don’t know, but they did have an apple.”

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/thakurfrommountains January 25, 2019
Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
No. They only had an Apple.

Twitter
Sky Dating
@SkyDating
Did Adam and Eve ever have a date? No, but they had an apple. Should we stop now?!
5:21 PM - 11 Feb 2009

Twitter
Lou Page
@LouPage
♥ Q. Did Adam and Eve ever have a date? A: No, but they had an apple.
11:20 AM - 14 Feb 2009

Google Books
A Man Walks Into a Bar 3
By Jonathan Swan
London, UK: Ebury Press
2010
Pg. 111:
Did Adam and Eve ever have a date? No, but they had an apple.

Twitter
Jane Caunce
@ellisonprinting
Q. Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
A. No, they had an apple!
#badjokethursday
9:02 AM - 14 Feb 2019

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, February 14, 2019 • Permalink