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 March 31, 2018
“I once played horse chestnut fighting with a giantess. She had to stoop to conker”

She Stoops to Conquer (1773) is a comedy by the Anglo-Irish author Oliver Goldsmith. A “conker” is a horse-chestnut.

“I’m too old to go chucking sticks at the branches of a horse chestnut tree. That’s why I stoop to conker” was posted on Twitter on September 16, 2011. “Oliver Goldsmith had a double porch that led precipitously to a horse chestnut tree. He called it Sheer Stoops to Conker. #artwiculate” was posted on Twitter on August 29, 2013.

“I once played horse chestnut fighting with a giantess. She had to stoop to conker” was posted on Twitter on April 1, 2018.


Wikipedia: Aesculus hippocastanum
Aesculus hippocastanum is a species of flowering plant in the soapberry and lychee family Sapindaceae. It is a large deciduous, synoecious (hermaphroditic-flowered) tree, commonly known as horse-chestnut or conker tree.

Wikipedia: She Stoops to Conquer
She Stoops to Conquer is a comedy by the Anglo-Irish author Oliver Goldsmith, first performed in London in 1773. The play is a favourite for study by English literature and theatre classes in the English-speaking world. It is one of the few plays from the 18th century to have retained its appeal and is regularly performed. The play has been adapted into a film several times, including in 1914 and 1923. Initially the play was titled Mistakes of a Night and the events within the play take place in one long night.

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Cabaret Speelruim•Heel de aarde is je vaderland
@spielraum
I’m too old to go chucking sticks at the branches of a horse chestnut tree. That’s why I stoop to conker.
5:43 AM - 16 Sep 2011

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𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕜 ❎
@vbloke
bending down to pick up horse-chestnut seeds. I stoop to conker.
2:00 PM - 20 Sep 2011

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Sue Walder
@suewalder
Just saw an old lady bend down to pick up a horsechestnut. I thought “She stoops to conker...” *slinks off*
12:06 PM - 7 Oct 2011

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Chris
@cjhancock
A saw a woman bend down to pick up a fallen Horse Chestnut fruit. Ahh, says I… “She Stoops To Conker”....... Nothing.
8:11 AM - 23 Oct 2011

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Tom Wright
@talltomwright
About to watch screening of play about woman bending over to hit chestnuts on string. I’ve never seen She Stoops to Conker before.
9:43 AM - 30 Mar 2012

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Stair at the Sky
@stair71
Oliver Goldsmith had a double porch that led precipitously to a horse chestnut tree. He called it Sheer Stoops to Conker. #artwiculate
1:32 AM - 29 Aug 2013

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Jill Lawless
@JillLawless
Today I bent down, picked up a chestnut and said “She stoops to conker.” There was no audience for this zinger, so I am sharing it with you.
2:28 PM - 12 Oct 2013

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Nicolas Sellens
@PunBoy3
The tall man had problems playing the horse chestnut based game. He had to stoop to conker. #sphour
3:28 PM - 14 Sep 2014

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LΞLΛND ▼
@whimworm
My friend will always ascend a small staircase leading to an apartment building before we get out our horse chestnuts. She stoops to conker.
5:22 PM - 6 Dec 2014

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John
@JFD1960
I once played horse chestnut fighting with a giant. He had to stoop to conker
5:51 PM - 17 Aug 2016

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Stuart McLagan
@realspikethedee
I went to see a play last night about a very tall woman who entered a horse chestnut contest against much smaller men. It was called “She stoops to conker.” #1PUN
10:44 AM - 17 Dec 2017

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John
@JFD1960
I once played horse chestnut fighting with a giantess. She had to stoop to conker
8:37 AM - 1 Apr 2018

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