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 27, 2018
“I passed my paintball exam with flying colors”

Students who pass an exam easily are said to do so “with flying colors.” It’s sometimes joked that the test was a paintball exam.

“I passed my paintball exam with flying colours” was posted on Twitter on April 19, 2011. “Passed my paintball instructors exam today with flying colours” was posted on Twitter on March 28, 2018.

“I was afraid I might fail my fireworks exam, but I passed with flying colors” is a similar “flying colors” joke.


Wikipedia: With flying colours
“With flying colours” is a popular idiom of the English language. The phrase’s origins relate to ship flags.

Wikipedia: Paintball
Paintball is a competitive team shooting sport in which players eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with spherical dye-filled gelatin capsules ("paintballs") that break upon impact. Paintballs are usually shot using a low-energy air weapon called a paintball marker that is powered by compressed air (nitrogen) or carbon dioxide.

The game was initially developed in the 1980s for recreation, but now is frequently played at a formal sporting level with organized competition that involves major tournaments, professional teams, and players.

Twitter
Sammy
@SamChaplin
I passed my paintball exam with flying colours. (this joke needs a decent set up and some humour).
10:34 AM - 19 Apr 2011

Twitter
Neil
@_Enanem_
I passed my paintball exam with flying colours.
10:55 AM - 27 Sep 2011

Twitter
Neil
@_Enanem_
I passed my paintball exam with flying colours.
7:40 AM - 13 Jan 2012

Twitter
Alan Wiggins
@realalanwiggins
Pleased to announce I have passed my paintball exam with flying colours
12:32 PM - 10 Nov 2013

Twitter
Dave Swanton(Swanny)
@SwannyMediaMan
Just passed my paintball exam with flying colours
4:32 PM - 8 Sep 2016

Facebook
Bad Jokes and Terrible One Liners
March 3, 2018 at 10:36pm ·
Passed my paintball instructors exam today with flying colours!!!

Twitter
Neil Wellington
@wildwellie
I passed my paintball exams with flying colours. #1PUN
3:09 AM - 13 Mar 2018

Twitter
🤣 The Dad Joke Man 😉
@DadJokeMan
Passed my paintball instructors exam today with flying colours....
5:57 PM - 28 Mar 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 • Permalink