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 April 01, 2017
“Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?”

"Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?” is a jocular one-line saying that has been printed on many images. A “solipsism” means that only something in one’s own mind is sure to exist.

“Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?” has been cited in print since at least 2008, when it was printed on a T-shirt.


Wikipedia: Solipsism
Solipsism (/ˈsɒlᵻpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning ‘alone’, and ipse, meaning ‘self’ ) is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist.

TshirtGroove
Is It Solipsistic In Here, Or Is It Just Me? T Shirt
by BOOKER ADDISON on SEPTEMBER 13, 2008
is it solipsistic in here or is it just me tshirt Is It Solipsistic In Here, Or Is It Just Me? T Shirtbuy tshirt button2 Is It Solipsistic In Here, Or Is It Just Me? T ShirtThis is funny after you go to the dictionary and figure out what solipsistic means. Of course, I’ll let you in on the secret. It’s a disease one can catch from excessive flea bites. The crazy thing is you thought that was phlebitis, which is actually a type of insect genus, revered in organic vermiculture circles for being full of “good little critters” that kill “bad little critters.”

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New blog post: Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me? http://tinyurl.com/5kgn9o
12:19 PM - 13 Sep 2008

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new tee shirt from torsopants.com that I love:  Is it solipsistic in here or is it just me?
5:14 PM - 15 Sep 2008

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Re:Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life? (Score:5, Funny)
by geminidomino ( 614729 ) * on Monday June 22, 2009 @08:54AM (#28420349) Journal
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If she doesn’t get my “Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?” t-shirt, then I don’t wanna know her.

Google Books
More One Liners, Jokes and Gags
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London: Biteback Publishing
2013
Pg. ?:
Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

Slate
Future Tense THE CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO THE FUTURE JUNE 28 2013 9:03 AM
An Idiot’s Guide to the Reddit Thread, “What’s the Most Intellectual Joke You Know?”
By Katy Waldman and Will Oremus
(...)
From user guitartard: “Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?”
Why it’s funny: Because if it’s solipsistic in here, it really is just you. Or rather, just me.

Reddit—Jokes
Is it solipsistic in here?
submitted November 16, 2016 by OhMyToes
Or is it just me?

Business Insider (Malaysia)
17 jokes that only smart people will really appreciate
NATHAN MCALONE TECH MAR. 21, 2017, 11:00 PM
Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?
It’s funny because: In philosophy, solipsism is the idea that the only thing you can be sure exists is your own mind.
It’s on this list because: When it comes down to it, what can we really know about existence outside ourselves? Also, we’re probably living in a computer simulation.

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