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 20, 2018
“Hey, what are you doing in the supermarket?” (joke)

A supermarket shopping joke has been printed on many images:

“I hate when people see me at the super market and are like. ‘Hey, what are you doing here?’ I’m like, ‘Oh you know, hunting elephants.’”

The joke is that it’s a stupid question—people at the supermarket are shopping. “Hunting elephants” is a sarcastic answer. The “What are you doing here?” remark is really about a person who is surprised to see the other person (such as a co-worker, a doctor or a teacher) in a different setting.

The “hunting elephants” joke was posted on Twitter on July 29, 2011.


Twitter
Harley Quinn‏
@luxxiekiss
I hate when people see at the super market & are like
“heyy what are you doing here?”
Im like “Oh you know, hunting elephants.”
1:46 PM - 29 Jul 2011

Twitter
Nina 🚬 😎(Phoenix)‏
@ninauntouchable
I hate when people see me at the super market and are like
“Hey what are you doing here?”
Im like O you know hunting elephants.
11:41 AM - 30 Jul 2011

Twitter
Anthony‏
@iSpeakComedy
I hate when people see me at the super market & are like “Hey what are you doing here?” Im like “Oh you know, hunting elephants.”
7:35 PM - 30 Jul 2011

Twitter
Perfect Boyfriend!‏
@GentIemenNotes
I hate when people See me at the super market & they are like; “hey what are you doing here”? & im like “Oh you know hunting elephants”
1:27 PM - 15 Sep 2011

Twitter
9GAG‏
@9GAG
I hate when people see me at the store and are like “Hey, what are you doing here?”
I’m like “Oh you know, hunting elephants.”.
12:00 PM - 8 Feb 2014

Twitter
anti joke apple‏
@antijokeapple
I hate when people see me at the store and are like “Hey, what are you doing here?” ‘Oh you know, hunting elephants.’
10:02 PM - 19 Jun 2014

4 November 2015, Drumheller (Alberta) Mail, “Rumsey District Register” by Patty Steen, pg. A12:
This is my kind of sarcasm, enjoy: I hate it when people see me at the supermarket and they are like: “Hey, what are you doing here?” And I’m just like: “Oh, you know, hunting elephants!” Have a great week.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 • Permalink