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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from December 30, 2020
“I’m filthy, stinking rich. Well, two out of three ain’t bad”

"I’m filthy, stinking rich. Well, two out of three ain’t bad” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. The speaker is surely filthy and stinking, but not rich.

Filthy Stinking Rich Two out of three ain’t bad” was printed in the Waterloo (IA) Courier on June 27, 1993. “Filthy. Stinking. Rich. Two out of three ain’t bad” was printed in the Toronto (ON) Star on November 5, 1993. “Filthy, stinking, rich. Two out of three ain’t bad!” was posted on the newsgroup news.software.readers on June 8, 1996.

Authorship is unknown. “I’m filthy, stinking rich - well, two out of three aint bad.  Emo Philips” was posted on Twitter by Simon T on June 8, 2011. “I’m filthy, stinking rich. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.-Emo Philips” was posted on Twitter by Isra Hashmi on January 26, 2012. American stand-up comedian Emo Philips is often credited for this joke, but there is no evidence associating him with it before 2011.

“I’m just one step away from being filthy rich. All I need now is money” is a similar joke.


Newspapers.com
27 June 1993, Waterloo (IA) Courier, “Men Seeking Women,” pg. E6, col. 5 classified ad:
Filthy Stinking Rich
Two out of three ain’t bad.

5 November 1993, Toronto (ON) Star, “Lapel-button laugh lines make judging others easier” by George Gamester, pg. A4:
Filthy. Stinking. Rich. Two out of three ain’t bad.

Google Groups: news.software.readers
Newsreader Pet Peeves
Paul Mack
Jun 8, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
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:: Paul Mack :::: Melbourne - Australia ::
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>> Filthy, stinking, rich. Two out of three ain’t bad! <<

5 August 1998, Washington (DC) Post, “With Drum Roll, the Best T-Shirts of 1998” by Bob Levey, pg. D20, col. 1:
“Filthy Stinking Rich—Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”— Judy Powell, of Charlottesville, who saw it in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Newspapers.com
26 September 1999, Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), “Williamette Whimsy” by Tom Forstram, pg. 1D, col. 3:
T-SHIRT: FILTHY, STINKING RICH—WELL, TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD.

Twitter
Marryam Chaudhry
@CoachMarryam
“Filthy Stinking Rich—Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”
10:00 AM · Mar 15, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
FunnyOneLiners
@Funnyoneliners
Filthy Stinking Rich...Well, two out of three ain’t bad.
5:38 PM · Jul 26, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
FizzyDuck
@FizzyDuck
Filthy stinking rich...well, two out of three ain’t bad
9:19 AM · Sep 5, 2010·TweetDeck

Twitter
Simon T
@Jester2109
I’m filthy, stinking rich - well, two out of three aint bad.  Emo Philips
10:43 AM · Jun 8, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Isra Hashmi
@israhashmi
I’m filthy, stinking rich. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.
-Emo Philips
10:01 AM · Jan 26, 2012·TweetDeck

Twitter
More Fun Money 4U!
@morefunmoney4u
I’m filthy stinking rich - well, two out of three ain’t bad. Emo Philips
12:17 PM · Feb 9, 2012·Timely by Demandforce

Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
Filthy Stinking Rich… Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.
6:00 PM · Jun 19, 2012·TweetDeck

Twitter
Swedish Canary
@SwedishCanary
I’m filthy, stinking rich… well, two out of three ain’t bad.
6:25 AM · Sep 12, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Joeker
@Joeker_RPh
I’m filthy stinking rich. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.
7:40 PM · Dec 15, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
Filthy Stinking Rich… Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.
5:58 PM · Dec 30, 2020·Twitter Web App

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