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 November 11, 2019
“Prison walls are never built to scale”

Something “built to scale” doesn’t literally mean “built to be scaled,” but there are jokes. “Prison walls are never built to scale” was posted on the website Pun of the Day in June 2002. “Prison walls are never built to scale.  (Pun of the Day)” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on June 22, 2002.


Pun of the Day
Great One Liners of the Month - June 2002
1. Prison walls are never built to scale.

Google Groups: novell.community.chat
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Felton
6/20/02
Be kind to your dentist because he has fillings too.
A skier retired because he was going downhill.
Prison walls are never built to scale.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
“Puns of the Weak” 06/21/02
Stan Kegel
6/22/02
(...)
Prison walls are never built to scale.  (Pun of the Day)

Twitter
Michael Klobe
@klobetime
Prison walls are never built to scale.
10:42 AM · Aug 14, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Carazuul
@douglas_c_green
When asked why the model of the new jail didn’t match the finished building the architect replied: “Prison walls are never built to scale.”
3:34 PM · Oct 8, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
Two Nuns In A Bath
By Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson, Ltd
2009
Pg. ?:
Why is it that prison walls are never built to scale?

Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
Prison walls are never built to scale.

Twitter
sixthformpoet
@sixthformpoet
Prison walls are never built to scale.
7:00 AM · Jul 2, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/AceMatisse November 11, 2019
Prison walls are never built to scale.
COMMENTS
fmoss
Climbing walls, on the other hand, are built to scale.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, November 11, 2019 • Permalink