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 November 20, 2017
“I quit my job over religious differences. My boss thought he was God and I didn’t”

A popular marriage joke was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.jewish on November 4, 2000:

“My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God, and I didn’t.”

The joke has been used less frequently about employment, but it has been cited in that context since at least 1996. “I resigned my job over religious differences with my Boss..! He thought he was God, and I didn’t...!” was posted on Twitter on October 31, 2010. “I quit my job over religious differences. My Boss thought he was a God, I didn’t” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on November 21, 2017.

The joke has been printed on many images.


March 1996, Texas Monthly, “Big feud at Cadillac Ranch” by Skip Hollandsworth, pg. 82:
When a group of lawyers left Whittenburg to start their own firm, the joke around the Amarillo legal community was that they split because of religious differences: Whittenburg thought he was God, and the rest of them disagreed.

Google Groups: alt.music.deep-purple
JLT Interview Jan. 22, 1996
Svante Pettersson
7/17/96
Here’s an interview with Joe Lynn Turner made by Patrik Dahlbom that was published in the newspaper “Nya Aaland” on Jan 22, 1996 and in the latest issue (no. 14) of “Deep Purple Forever”. It is translated from Swedish by me. Discuss! :^)
(...)
When people ask why it didn’t work out I usually say it was because of religious differences - Yngwie thought he was God and I didn’t think so. But we are friends again.

Google Groups: alt.humor.jewish
“Puns of the Weak” 11/03/00
Stan Kegel
11/4/00
(...)
My husband and I divorced over religious differences.  He thought he was God, and I didn’t. (Jokes N More)

7 April 2001, The Times (London, UK), “Global village,” pg. 8:
My husband and I divorced over religious differences… he thought he was God and I didn’t!

Google Groups: rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
OT: bumper stickers
Don/Gen
4/19/02
Just received this and thought I’d share.
Gen
Subject: Bumper sticker sayings

> 1) My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was
> God and I didn’t!

Google Groups: uk.people.silversurfers
T-SHIRT SAYINGS
Ergo
5/16/03
I think you’ll enjoy some of these

(1) My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn’t!

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
religious differences
mba...@sbcglobal.net
5/8/05
My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn’t.

Twitter
Kailash‏
@_inner_piece
I resigned my job over religious differences with my Boss..! He thought he was God, and I didn’t...! #quotes from s’ones #fb
8:21 PM - 31 Oct 2010

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
Compiled by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
My brother and his wife divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God,and she didn’t.

Reddit—Jokes
I quit my job over religious differences.
submitted November 21, 2017 by bsh18
My Boss thought he was a God, I didn’t.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, November 20, 2017 • Permalink