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 Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 07, 2009
“Seven days without pizza makes one weak”

"Seven days without pizza makes one weak” is a saying that has appeared on T-shirts and bumper stickers and in pizza parlor advertisements since at least 1972. In 1924, J. W. Snodgrass remarked: “Seven days without food makes one weak.” In the 1950s, many churches posted: “Seven days without prayer/worship/God makes one weak.”

Other variants (mostly food-related) include “Seven days without fried chicken makes one weak” (since 1969), “Seven days without a burger makes one weak” (since 1970), “Seven days without milk makes one weak” (since 1976), “Seven days without a funnel cake makes one weak” (since 1987), “Seven days without crawfish makes one weak” (since 1990) and “Seven days without exercise makes one weak” (since 2000).

Seven days without pizza makes one weak
by clarachandler

16 September 1924, Osnard (CA) Daily Courier, pg. 2, col. 2:
As J. W. Snodgrass remarked, seven days without food makes one weak.

Google Books
Dress Right, Dress:
The Autobiography of a WAC

By Margaret Flint
New York, NY: Dodd, Mead & Company
Pg. 5:
This started when Nell, reading her first V letter since she left home, quoted her Andy as saying, “Seven days without mail makes one weak”

23 March 1956, Denton (MD) Journal, pg. 9, col. 2:
Missouri Synod
Cordova, Maryland
Seven days without prayer makes one weak. 

2 June 1956, Elyria (OH) Chronicle Telegram, pg. 15, col. 5:
Speaking of prayer. On the lawn of one of our local churches is a sign board which has taken my interest. This week the sign reads: “Seven Days without prayer makes one WEAK.”

Google Books
The Treasury of Inspirational Anecdotes, Quotations, and Illustrations
Compiled by E. Paul Hovey
Published by Revell
Pg. 255:
7605 Seven days without prayer makes one weak — Alien E. Bartlett

23 October 1969, Valley News (Van Nuys, CA), pg. 2, col. 2:
A sign on a West Virginia highway reads, “Seven days without fried chicken makes one weak.”

4 May 1970, Moberly (MO) Monitor-Index, pg. 3, col. 1 ad:
Seven Days Without A Brazier Burger Makes One Weak
(Dairy Queen—ed.)

8 August 1972, Van Wert (OH) Times-Bulletin, pg. 2, col. 6 ad:
SEVEN DAYS without PIZZA makes one weak
(Short Stop Food Market—ed.)

5 March 1973, Xenia (OH) Daily Gazette, pg. 16, col. 1 ad:
“Seven Days Without Pizza Makes One Weak”

13 August 1973, Estherville (Iowa) Daily News, pg. 7, col. 5 ad:

Penn State University Digital Library
6 November 1976, Lancaster (PA) Farming, “News - Nutrition From Pa.’s Dairy Princesses”:
I am looking forward to the remainder of my reign as I promote nature’s most nearly perfect health food - MILK. And, remember, “Seven days without milk makes one weak.”

Google Books
Language Play:
An Introduction to Linguistics

By Don Lee Fred Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen
Published by Newbury House Publishers
Pg. 135:
Seven days without a Village Inn Pizza makes one weak, (pizza parlor)

6 April 1986, Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, Lifestyle, pg. J12:
... T-shirts with beachy sayings like “Seven days without waves makes one weak,” high-topped sneakers, Hawaiian-print camp shirts and muscle tanks.

23 September 1987, Frederick (MD) News, pg. 1, col. 6:
One stand touts “home grown” french fries while another proclaims “seven days without a funnel cake makes one weak.”

28 March 1990, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 10B, col. 3 ad:
Wednesday Crawfish Special
“Seven Days Without Crawfish Makes One Weak”

New York (NY) Times
Bible Belt’s Signs Woo a Drive-By Congregation
Published: Friday, July 22, 1994
Sometimes they have the stern, “Onward Christian Soldiers” sound of Pat Buchanan at the 1992 Republican Convention ("One on God’s Side Is a Majority") or an unyielding sense of fundamentalist probity ("Partial Obedience is Disobedience"). More often they strive for an awestruck sense of roadside rapture ("Jesus Asked the Impossible, Did the Incredible and Loved the Unlovable") or are supposed to prod the wayward back to the path ("Seven Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak").

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Newsgroups: comp.sys.amiga.hardware
From: (Jochen Koob)
Date: 1996/04/26
Subject: Re: Adding SIMM ram to an A3000

Seven days without pizza makes one weak.

Google Books
The Humor Prism in 20th Century America
By Joseph Boskin
Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press
Pg. 23:
Comic inducements appealed to people’s consumerist impulses. Jesting signs in a small pizza and submarine shop, “Seven days without pizza makes one week”;...

Google Books
Gotta minute?: the ultimate guide of one-minute workouts for anyone, anywhere, anytime!
By Bonnie Nygard and Bonnie Hopper
Illustrated by John McGee
Published by Author’s Choice Publishing
Pg. 9:
“Seven days without exercise makes one WEAK.”

23 April 2002, Cairns (Australia) Post:
Pizza shop slogan: Seven days without pizza makes one weak. 

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