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 24, 2019
“Surely, not everybody was kung-fu fighting”

"Surely, not everybody was kung-fu fighting” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. The joke is on the song “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974) by Carl Douglas, which contains the lyrics, “Everybody was kung-fu fighting.”

“Surely, not EVERYBODY was Kung Fu fighting. It is a statistical improbability. There had to be one or two clumsy lazy fucks like me” was posted on Twitter by Ezza Rathore on September 10, 2012. “Surely not EVERYBODY was Kung Fu fighting” was posted on Twitter by Jake Vig on February 12, 2013.


Wikipedia: Kung fu (term)
In general, kung fu/kungfu or gung fu/gongfu (/ˌkʌŋˈfuː/ or /ˌkʊŋˈfuː/; 功夫, Pinyin: gōngfu) refers to the Chinese martial arts, also called wushu and quanfa. In China, it refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial arts. The Chinese literal equivalent of “Chinese martial art” would be 中國武術 zhōngguó wǔshù.

Wikipedia: Kung Fu Fighting
“Kung Fu Fighting” is a disco song by Jamaican vocalist Carl Douglas, with production by British-Indian musician Biddu. It was released as a single in 1974 on the cusp of a chopsocky film craze and rose to the top of the British, Australian, Canadian and American charts, in addition to reaching the top of the Soul Singles chart. It received a Gold certification from the RIAA in 1974 and popularized disco music. It eventually went on to sell eleven million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song uses the quintessential Oriental riff, a short musical phrase that is used to signify Chinese culture.

Songfacts
Kung Fu Fighting
by Carl Douglas

Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Those kicks were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightening
But they fought with expert timing

YouTube
Carl Douglas - Kung fu fighting(original)
netter11
Published on Mar 8, 2008
I accidently found this video and it’s the ORGINAL!!!!!!

Twitter
Ezza Rathore
@EzzaTheGloob
Surely, not EVERYBODY was Kung Fu fighting. It is a statistical improbability. There had to be one or two clumsy lazy fucks like me.
9:55 AM - 10 Sep 2012

Twitter
Jake Vig
@Jake_Vig
Surely not EVERYBODY was Kung Fu fighting.
10:08 PM - 12 Feb 2013

Twitter
blood063
@blood063
cant be sure, they were fast as lightning… RT @mikeysny: Surely not EVERYBODY was Kung Fu fighting.
2:56 PM - 18 Feb 2013

Twitter
-=x[ Anel ]x=-
@Anel_K
Listening to this song and thinking to myself; surely not EVERYBODY was Kung Fu fighting.
8:43 AM - 20 Feb 2013

16 November 2017, The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia), “The Last Word” by Marty Smith, pg. 22:
INSIGHT Surely not everybody was kung fu fighting - T-shirt message.

Google Books
An American Witch in Paris
By Michele Hauf
Harlequin
2018
Pg. ?:
Emblazoned across the shirt were the words, Surely Not Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting.

Google Books
Title Surely Not Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Blank Lined Journal to Write in - Ruled Writing Notebook
Author Uab Kidkis
Edition illustrated
Publisher Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp Print Us, 2018
ISBN 1726702766, 9781726702768
Length 112 pages

Calgary (Alberta) Herald
1 December 2018, Calgary (Alberta) Herald, “The history of t-shirts: from underwear to rebels to lols” by Jennifer Allford, pg. G8, col. 5:
Allford, Jennifer. Calgary Herald; Calgary, Alta. [Calgary, Alta]01 Dec 2018: G.8.
A recent favourite reads: “Surely not everybody was Kung Fu fighting.”

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/daytondrum April 14, 2019
Surely, not everybody was Kung Fu fighting.

Twitter
Addelyn Stottlemyre
@BaddieAddie_
Today while I was waiting in line at a fish farmers truck to buy grass carp (1st time for that) a retired-aged man was behind me wearing a t-shirt tucked into his belt & cargo shorts that read “surely not everybody was kung fu fighting”
& I just lost it 😂
2:21 AM - 20 Apr 2019

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/Dylzi April 24, 2019
Surely not everybody was kung-fu fighting

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