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 December 24, 2020
“I got stung by a bee yesterday. Twenty dollars for a jar of honey!”

A bee stings, but it usually doesn’t have a sting operation—that is, to catch suckers.

“IT’S early evening in a south London pub and Robbie Williams—for so long dubbed `the joker of Take That”—is firing the one-liners. `I got stung by a bee this morning,’ he relates as surrounding eyes flicker with momentary concern. Yeah, pounds 3.25 for a jar of honey’” was printed in The Guardian (Manchester, UK) on December 15, 1995. English singer-songwriter and entertainer Robbie Williams might have popularized the joke.

“I got stung by a bee this morning............50 euros for a jar of honey - I couldn’t believe it!!!” was posted on Twitter by Keith Spitalnick on February 25, 2009. “I got stung by a bee the other day..... £15 for a jar of honey!” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on December 19, 2015. “I got stung by a bee yesterday. Twenty quid for a jar of honey” was posted on Twitter by The Dad Joke Man on December 24, 2017.


Newspapers.com
15 December 1995, The Guardian (Manchester, UK), “Robbie Williams, the lad who broke ranks (and rules), is growing up” by Dave Simpson. pg. T7, col. 1:
IT’S early evening in a south London pub and Robbie Williams—for so long dubbed `the joker of Take That”—is firing the one-liners. `I got stung by a bee this morning,’ he relates as surrounding eyes flicker with momentary concern. Yeah, pounds 3.25 for a jar of honey.’

Google Groups: alt.folklore.urban
From “Friends” - Whizz on a jellyfish sting?
Ben Walsh
Sep 30, 1997, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
ben “got stung by a bee yesterday - £20 for a jar of honey” w.

Google Groups: alt.folklore.urban
Bee sting alergies
Ben Walsh
Jan 14, 1998, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
ben “I was stung by a bee yesterday - £20 for a jar of honey” w.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
A couple of jokes..
Mike Broom
Apr 14, 1998, 3:00:00 AM
A bloke walks into a pub.
His mate say’s “Are you alright Bill?”
Bill says “No, I was stung by a bee yesterday...”
“What! At this time of year??”
“Yeah.. 4 quid for a jar of honey...”

Google Books
Off the Rails
By Matt Jones
Victoria, BC: Trafford
2006
Pg. 31:
“I got stung by a bee once,” offered William obligingly. “Twenty quid for a jar of honey.”

Twitter
Keith Spitalnick
@KeithSpitalnick
@harryparkes I got stung by a bee this morning............50 euros for a jar of honey - I couldn’t believe it!!!
5:40 PM · Feb 25, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Simon wheeler
@Soapy99
I got stung by a bee the other day - £10 for a jar of honey
2:23 PM · Mar 6, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jeff Ingleby
@jingleby
Argh, just got stung by a bee… £20 for a jar of honey
1:05 PM · Apr 7, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
I’ve just been stung by a bee. 20 quid for a jar of honey!  #sickipedia
5:07 PM · May 17, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/drandall187 December 19, 2015
I got stung by a bee the other day.....
£15 for a jar of honey!

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/darwin-rover September 16, 2016
I was stung by a bee the other day
£20 for a jar of honey

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Anuneducatedidiot October 11, 2017
I got stung by a bee last week.
£20 for a jar of honey!

Twitter
The Dad Joke Man
@DadJokeMan
I got stung by a bee yesterday.
Twenty quid for a jar of honey.....
6:49 AM · Dec 24, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
The Dad Joke Man
@DadJokeMan
I got stung by a bee yesterday…
Twenty quid for a jar of honey…
1:44 PM · Jul 25, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/bloodywellclueless April 30, 2020
I got stung by a bee today…
£6.50 for a jar of honey? Jesus.
COMMENTS
spikeratchet
He was a savvy buzzinessman

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/dustaknuckz December 24, 2020
I was stung by a bee yesterday. £20 for a jar of honey

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