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

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Entry from July 06, 2019
“Intelligence is like underwear—have it, but don’t show it off”

"Intelligence is like underwear—have it, but don’t show it off” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “Intelligence is like underwear; everybody should have some, but no one should show it off” was printed in the Des Moines (IA) Register on October 30, 1997. “Intelligence is like underwear, everyone has it but you don’t have to show it off” was posted on the newsgroup comp.databases.oracle.server, also on October 30, 1997, Authorship is unknown.

“Knowledge is like underwear—have it, but don’t show it off” is a later variation of the saying. “Intelligence is like wealth. Great to have, but if you go around showing it off, then everyone will hate you” is a related saying.


30 October 1997, Des Moines (IA) Register, “Random Rants,” Datebook sec., pg. 5D, col. 5:
Intelligence is like underwear; everybody should have some, but no one should show it off.
-- South-side woman

Google Groups: comp.databases.oracle.server
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Intelligence is like underwear, everyone has it but you don’t have to show it off. 

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10/6/98
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Intelligence is like underwear, everyone has it but you don’t have to show it off.

5 December 1998, The Times of India (Mumbai, India), Saturday Times sec., pg. 4, col. 7:
Intelligent SE fans,
Intelligence is like underwear. We should all have it but we shouldn’t show it off.
Seiji Thomas

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2000
Pg. 215:
Intelligence is like underwear. We all should have it, but we shouldn’t show it off.

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Srikanth ஸ்‌ரீகாந்த்
@logic
Intelligence is like an underwear. It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it
3:40 AM - 13 Aug 2007

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Pg. ?:
Intelligence is like underwear. It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off.

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Willesdenstaff
@willesdenstaff
Intelligence is like underwear… It’s important you have it, but not necessary that you show it off. 🤔🤔🤣🤣🎄🎁🎅🤗💕
3:38 PM - 23 Dec 2018

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viv
@oneandonlyviv
Intelligence is like underwear’s.....everyone should have some but not everyone should see it
5:13 PM - 4 Jul 2019

Posted by Barry Popik
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