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 October 23, 2020
“Optometrists live longer because they dilate”

"Optometrists live longer because they dilate” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “Dilate” is a pun on “die late.”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2011. Authorship is unknown.


Twitter
mantic59
@mantic59
Do optometrists live longer because they dilate? #pun
9:04 AM · Oct 26, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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⫩..Emma.B..⫩
@EmLou24
@tracey18 but on the upside, opticians live longer because they dilate wink
3:35 PM · Nov 14, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

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@Goleudy
Optometrists live longer because they dilate.
3:51 PM · Dec 13, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Eric Gwin
@ericgwin
Optometrists live longer because they dilate.
2:31 PM · Mar 21, 2012·Hootsuite

Twitter
Landon Seth Reeves
@landonreeves08
Eye doctors live longer because they dilate.
12:49 PM · May 8, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/cuber1717 July 3, 2016
Did you know optometrists live longer?
They dilate

Facebook
Indian Hills Community Sign
May 3, 2018 ·
OPTOMETRISTS LIVE LONGER BECAUSE THEY DILATE

Twitter
Bill Hopkins
@JudgeHopkins
Ophthalmologists live longer. They dilate.
7:03 AM · Aug 30, 2018·Facebook

Twitter
ChristianSailing
@ChristnSailing
CURMUDGEON’S OBSERVATION
Optometrists live longer because they dilate
9:29 PM · Oct 3, 2018·Facebook

Twitter
KPMoore
@KPMoore8
Optometrists live longer because they dilate!
11:58 AM · Aug 27, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Robert Wilkinson
@robertwlk
Opticians live longer because they dilate
2:15 AM · Oct 23, 2020·Twitter for Android

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