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 September 14, 2017
“I was afraid I might fail my fireworks exam, but I passed 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 fireworks exam.

“Just passed the fireworks inspection with flying colors” was posted on Twitter on June 26, 2009. “Fireworks was in my head the whole time I was doing my math midterm! Maybe I’ll pass with flying colors” was posted on Twitter on December 14, 2010.

“I was afraid I might fail my fireworks exam, but I passed with flying colors” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on September 15, 2017.

“I passed my paintball exam 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.

Twitter
Matt Markarian‏
@mattmarkarian
Just passed the fireworks inspection with flying colors, Shepherd and Chestnut Booth is legal and ready to open on Turesday!
4:03 PM - 26 Jun 2009

Twitter
lorely rodriguez‏
@lelyj
Fireworks was in my head the whole time I was doing my math midterm! Maybe I’ll pass with flying colors ; )
9:54 AM - 14 Dec 2010

Twitter
Youthful Smartass‏
@YSmartass
I passed my fireworks test with flying colors. #thepunniest
6:58 PM - 15 Nov 2011

Twitter
Jonathan James‏
@imjonathanjames
Passed my display fireworks class… With flying colors! #fb
2:26 PM - 8 May 2012

Twitter
Berto‏
@PBerto_
Math is just not my thing. If there was a class on how to sell fireworks I would pass with flying colors
9:20 AM - 14 Nov 2012

Twitter
Corn Peters‏
@OneWhoHappens
If I were to test the fireworks outside they’d
pass with flying colors
8:58 AM - 31 Dec 2013

Twitter
Just me and my JD‏
@Lawbooksnlattes
I passed the MPRE with flying colors. All the colors, and a fireworks show.
7:52 AM - 13 Apr 2017

Reddit—Jokes
I was afraid I might fail my fireworks exam
submitted September 15, 2017 by EpicalaxyMaster
But I passed with flying colors

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Thursday, September 14, 2017 • Permalink