A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 07, 2021
“I had to walk to school uphill, both ways! – M.C. Escher”

“I used to walk five miles to and from school, uphill both ways” is a joke on what some parents tell children. However, sometimes the speaker is stated to be Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher (1898-1972), who drew similar designs.

“when I was a kid I had to walk to school uphill both ways! ...but I guess that’s what I get for going to school in an M.C. Escher painting” was posted on Twitter by dustin heveron on April 15, 2010. “You know those old-timer stories about walking to school, uphill, both ways?  MC Escher actually did that” was posted on Twitter by “Dr. but not a ‘real’ Dr. - Tom Swanson” on October 26, 2010. “In reality, M.C. Escher is the only person who ever had to walk to school uphill, both ways” was posted on Twitter by Eric Wilkinson on June 16, 2012. “‘I had to walk to school uphill, both ways!’ – M.C. Escher” was posted on Twitter by Stop the Stefan-ity! on July 6, 2021.


Wikipedia: M. C. Escher
Maurits Cornelis Escher (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmʌurɪt͡s kɔrˈneːlɪs ˈɛʃər]; 17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972) was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. Despite wide popular interest, Escher was for long somewhat neglected in the art world, even in his native Netherlands. He was 70 before a retrospective exhibition was held. In the late twentieth century, he became more widely appreciated, and in the twenty-first century he has been celebrated in exhibitions across the world.

His work features mathematical objects and operations including impossible objects, explorations of infinity, reflection, symmetry, perspective, truncated and stellated polyhedra, hyperbolic geometry, and tessellations.

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dustin heveron
@ocdustino
when I was a kid I had to walk to school uphill both ways! ...but I guess that’s what I get for going to school in an M.C. Escher painting.
3:01 PM · Apr 15, 2010·TwitBird

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Dr. but not a “real” Dr. - Tom Swanson
@Swansontea
You know those old-timer stories about walking to school, uphill, both ways?  MC Escher actually did that.
10:58 AM · Oct 26, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Funny
Posted by u/busfahrer September 27, 2011
Something just dawned on me: Did M.C. Escher have to walk to school, uphill both ways?

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Matt Green
@MattGreen42
I wonder if kids got tired of M.C. Escher saying he had to walk to school uphill both ways to school and then drawing pictures to prove it.
8:32 AM · Feb 9, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Eric Wilkinson
@EricWilkinson
In reality, M.C. Escher is the only person who ever had to walk to school uphill, both ways.
2:53 PM · Jun 16, 2012·Twitterrific for iOS

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ND du Lac
@nddulac
MC Escher: the man who really did walk to school uphill - both ways! #NewSyFyOriginals
@midnight
12:30 AM · Jul 31, 2014·TweetDeck

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Nobuyuki`
@nobuyukinyuu
“When I was your age, we had to walk to school!  Uphill!  Both ways!” -M.C. Escher
11:32 PM · Apr 7, 2015·Twitter Web Client

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Tin Doom
@PajamaStew
“When I was young we walked to school, uphill both ways, and leaves turned into geese and flew south every year.” -Grandpa M.C.Escher
9:27 PM · Oct 14, 2015·Twitter Web Client

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Josh Nicely
@nicelyjoshed
“When I was your age, I had to walk to school uphill both ways!”
- MC Escher
2:08 PM · Dec 9, 2016·Twitter Web Client

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Richard Sweitzer
@rgsweitzer3
“When I was your age, I walked to school uphill, both ways”
-M.C. Escher
9:44 AM · Feb 20, 2019 from Waupaca, WI·Twitter for Android

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Charles R. Kaiser
@ckaiserca
”In my day, we had to walk to school. Uphill, both ways.” — M.C. Escher
7:25 PM · Aug 12, 2019·Facebook

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Stop the Stefan-ity!
@stefanthinks
“I had to walk to school uphill, both ways!” – M.C. Escher
9:09 AM · Jul 6, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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