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 02, 2020
“Mercury, closest planet to the sun, -173 degrees Celsius at night. First world problems”

The term “Third World” refers to the economy of countries and was coined in the 1950s.  The term “First World” doesn’t refer to the planet Mercury and the term “Third World” doesn’t refer to the planet Earth, but there are jokes.

“Mercury, closest planet to the sun, -173 degrees at night, first world problems” was posted on Twitter by Michael Rocchio on July 8, 2014. “Mercury has a harsh climate, day time temperature is 430 degrees Celcius. At night however, it’s -170°c. First world problems. #sickapedia” was posted on Twitter by sebastiankelly on June 15, 2015. This form of the joke originated on this date on the Sickipedia website.

“Mercury has a harsh climate, as the day time temperature is 430 degrees Celcius. At night, however, it freezes to -170 degrees Celcius. First world problems” was posted on Reddit—Cleanjokes on December 1, 2020.


Wikipedia: Third World
The term “Third World” arose during the Cold War to define countries that remained non-aligned with either NATO or the Warsaw Pact. The United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Western European nations and their allies represented the First World, while the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and their allies represented the Second World. This terminology provided a way of broadly categorizing the nations of the Earth into three groups based on political and economic divisions. Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the term Third World has decreased in use. It is being replaced with terms such as developing countries, least developed countries or the Global South. The concept itself has become outdated as it no longer represents the current political or economic state of the world.

Twitter
Michael Rocchio
@MichaelRocchio2
Mercury, closest planet to the sun, -173 degrees at night, first world problems
8:49 PM · Jul 8, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
FaveteLinguis
@Favetelinguiss
Mercury has a harsh climate, day time temp is 430 degrees Celcius At night however, it freezes to -170 degrees Celcius.First world problems.
4:08 PM · Jun 15, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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sebastiankelly
@seb_kelly
Mercury has a harsh climate, day time temperature is 430 degrees Celcius. At night however, it’s -170°c.
First world problems. #sickapedia
7:07 PM · Jun 15, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Boomtastic
@boomtastic
Mercury has a harsh climate, as the day time temperature is 430 degrees Celcius. At night however, it freezes to -170 degrees Celcius.
First world problems.
11:00 AM · Apr 16, 2018·Hootsuite

Twitter
Living Sarcasm
@SarcasmLiving
Mercury has a harsh climate, as the day time temperature is 430 degrees Celcius. At night however, it freezes to -170 degrees Celcius.
First world problems.
8:35 PM · Dec 11, 2018·TweetCaster for Android

Reddit—Cleanjokes
Posted by u/sodomicity December 1, 2020
Mercury has a harsh climate, as the day time temperature is 430 degrees Celcius. At night, however, it freezes to -170 degrees Celcius
First world problems.
COMMENTS
bushelsofbadapples
Earth is the third world in that joke.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Military/Religion /Health • Wednesday, December 02, 2020 • Permalink