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 May 06, 2019
“I told my mother-in-law to make herself at home, so she sold the place”

A typical “mother-in-law joke” involves her coming to the son-in-law’s house. “Pat told his mother-in-law to make herself at home. She did. She sold it” was printed in the Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA) on March 15, 1960. “I told my mother-in-law to make herself at home...SHE SOLD THE HOUSE hahahahahahaha” was posted on Twitter by Bob Gilland on July 21, 2011.

“I told my mother-in-law to make herself at home, so she sold the place” was posted on Reddit—Oneliners on May 6, 2019.


15 March 1960, Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), “Short and Snappy” by Tom Barrett, pg. 4, col. 5:
Pat told his mother-in-law to make herself at home. She did. She sold it.
(The column is about Irish jokes, and “Pat” is a typical Irishman.—ed.)

Google Books
Memorable One-Liners
By Daytona
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse
2003
Pg. 44:
I once asked my mother-in-law to make herself at home. So she did. She rearranged our furniture.

Twitter
Bob Gilland
@Bob_gilland
I told my mother-in-law to make herself at home...SHE SOLD THE HOUSE hahahahahahaha
9:37 PM - 21 Jul 2011

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/Jan_Tik May 6, 2019
I told my mother-in-law to make herself at home, so she sold the place.

Twitter
Living Sarcasm
@SarcasmLiving
I told my mother-in-law to make herself at home, so she sold the place.
6:26 PM - 6 May 2019

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Monday, May 06, 2019 • Permalink