A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 07, 2021
“If you are what you eat, how many mushrooms do I have to eat to be a fun guy?”

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), in the book Physiologie du Gout (1825), wrote “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are,” often interpreted as “you are what you eat.” This was figurative and not meant literally; one does not become an apple or a donut or a “skinny person” by eating such things. 

“If you are what you eat then I am going to eat mushrooms because I want to be a fun guy. #imadork” was posted on Twitter by Greg & Jana Fletcher on April 3, 2012. “If you are what you eat, how many mushrooms do I have to eat to be a fun guy?” was posted on Reddit—Shittyaskscience on May 15, 2014. “Momma always told me ‘you are what you eat!’ So I started eating mushrooms every day. I wanted to become a fun guy” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on January 6, 2021.

“Why did the mushroom go to the party?"/"Because he was a fun-gi” is a related joke.


Wikipedia: Mushroom
A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. The standard for the name “mushroom” is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word “mushroom” is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella) or pores on the underside of the cap. These pores or gills produce microscopic spores that help the fungus spread across the ground or its occupant surface.

“Mushroom” describes a variety of gilled fungi, with or without stems, and the term is used even more generally, to describe both the fleshy fruiting bodies of some Ascomycota and the woody or leathery fruiting bodies of some Basidiomycota, depending upon the context of the word.

Wikiquote: Food
Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es. Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.
. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout (1825); tr. M. F. K. Fisher, The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy (1949)
. Variants:
..Der Mensch ist, was er ißt. Man is what he eats.
..Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, Die Naturwißensschaft und die Revolution [Natural science and the revolution] (1850), repeated in Das Geheimnis des Opfers, ober der Mensch ist was er ißt [The mystery of sacrifice, or man is what he eats] (1862)
..You are what you eat.
..Victor Lindlahr, You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet (1942)

Twitter
Greg & Jana Fletcher
@GandJFletcher
If you are what you eat then I am going to eat mushrooms because I want to be a fun guy. #imadork
6:24 AM · Apr 3, 2012·Echofon

Twitter
ASMODEUS
@UKJUGGALOVAMP
they say you are what you eat, I love mushrooms so I must be a fun guy
2:37 PM · Oct 13, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Carter Bailey
@carterbailey
You know what they say “you are what you eat” so I guess that means I’m not a “fun guy” because I don’t ever eat mushrooms.
11:24 AM · Oct 29, 2012·Buffer

Twitter
Mux
@MukundVekariya
Just had some mushrooms, because you know what the say ‘You are what you eat’ and im a Fun Guy wink #PoorJoke
7:53 AM · May 29, 2013·Twitter for Android

Twitter
max
@MaxIAmYu
You are what you eat right? I used to eat mushrooms all day so that people would call me a fun guy.
5:48 PM · Nov 1, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Shittyaskscience
Posted by u/bra1nshart May 15, 2014
If you are what you eat, how many mushrooms do I have to eat to be a fun guy?
I’ve eaten a quarter already, and I’m still me.

Twitter
Tyler S ︽✵︽
@runnertyler9
My dad just looked at me and said “you know, they say you are what you eat, I must be a fun guy” while eating mushrooms
8:24 PM · Nov 5, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Aussie_dad_jokes
@AustralianGroan
The old saying is “You are what you eat”
I must eat a lot of mushrooms cause I’m a fun guy.
#dadjoke
5:44 PM · Jul 21, 2018·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Hugh_Jassle_I_Know January 16, 2019
They say, that you are what you eat..
But last night, I tried muSHROOMS for the first time. And I was NOT, a fun guy!

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/-Masderus- January 6, 2021
Momma always told me “you are what you eat!” So I started eating mushrooms every day.
I wanted to become a fun guy.

Twitter
The Dad Joke Man
@DadJokeMan
My mum always said “You are what you eat”.
So I ate loads of mushrooms.
I wanted to be a fun guy.
#dadjoke
2:18 AM · Jan 7, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
Momma always told me “you are what you eat!” So I started eating mushrooms every day.
I wanted to become a fun guy.
3:40 PM · Jan 7, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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