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 November 13, 2019
“Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck & he’ll avoid low flying objects”

"Duck” can be used as a noun or a verb. “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime” is a famous saying. There are several “give a man a duck” versions.

“Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll be able to avoid sporadic gunfire” was posted on Twitter by Raymond Luk on October 28, 2010. “Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll duck when you throw stones at him for eating your duck” was posted on Twitter by flappy on January 5, 2018. “Well you know what they say ‘give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll avoid low flying objects’” was posted on Twitter by Adam Langworthy on October 24, 2018.

“Two men walk into a bar. You’d think that the second one would have ducked” is a popular form of the bar joke. “Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he won’t walk into a bar” was posted on Reddit—Malaphor on January 11, 2018.


Twitter
Raymond Luk
@rayluk
Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll be able to avoid sporadic gunfire
11:56 AM · Oct 28, 2010·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Danny Meehan
@_Danny_Meehan_
Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to duck hunt and he’ll go broke and starve.
12:09 PM · Mar 12, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
flappy 🐥
@funflaps
Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll duck when you throw stones at him for eating your duck.
5:03 PM · Jan 5, 2018·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Malaphor
Posted by u/Shoggg January 11, 2018
Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he won’t walk into a bar.

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/elgriffe April 27, 2018
Give a man a duck, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck, and you’ll possibly save his life.

Twitter
Adam Langworthy
@tigersfanmaggs
Replying to @PardesSeleh
Well you know what they say “give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll avoid low flying objects”
1:05 PM · Oct 24, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
𝕎𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕤-𝕥𝕚ℕ𝕖
@wittgens_tiNe
A friend recommended r/malaphor to me yesterday. Here’s a gem: “Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he won’t walk into a bar.”
11:44 AM · Jan 3, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Joshua Settlemoir
@Settlemoir3
“Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he won’t walk into a bar.”
10:53 AM · Jan 17, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Matt Reyes
@SpideyTheBaller
“Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll never walk into a bar

So a man walks into my nuts…”
9:49 PM · Aug 22, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Tall & Thankful 🦃
@joshy_squashy20
“Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck and he’ll never walk into a bar”
10:19 PM · Sep 1, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/jewish-jah September 7, 2019
Give a man a duck and he’ll eat for a day teach a man to duck and he’ll never walk into a bar again

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/TheMobMaster2006 September 12, 2019
Give a man a duck, and he’ll eat for a day
Teach a man to duck, and he’ll stop walking into bars

Reddit --Oneliners
Posted by u/UnusualAttempt November 13, 2019
Give a man a duck, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to duck, and he’ll never walk into a bar.
COMMENTS
icantfindafucking
Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Give a fish a man and he’ll eat for six weeks

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 • Permalink