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 December 19, 2017
“The book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ taught me that I can binge eat and take a two-week nap”

The children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) is not a book of advice. People can’t eat all they want, go to sleep and then wake up more beautiful than ever (in the caterpillar’s case, as a butterfly).

“The Hungry Caterpillar sends a poor message to toddlers. You can’t eat all that crap and wake up a beautiful butterfly the next day” was posted on Twitter on June 22, 2009. “The book, ‘A Very Hungry Caterpillar’ taught me that I can binge eat, take a two week nap, and wake up beautiful” was posted on the website Funny Status on March 17, 2013.


Wikipedia: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, later published by Penguin Putnam. It features a caterpillar who eats its way through a wide variety of foodstuffs before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. The winner of many children’s literature awards and a major graphic design award, it has sold 30 million copies worldwide. It has been described as having sold the equivalent of a copy per minute since its publication. It has been described as “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.” It was voted the number two children’s picture book in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers.

Twitter
StevetheJester‏
@TheJestersSteve
The Hungry Caterpillar sends a poor message to toddlers. You can’t eat all that crap and wake up a beautiful butterfly the next day
5:00 AM - 22 Jun 2009

Twitter
Jen‏
@Jensleydale
Replying to @elizacphoto
@elizacphoto I swear the hungry caterpillar set my food issues. if I eat a bit more and sleep a little longer I’ll wake up beautiful wink
2:00 AM - 6 Jan 2011

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Vagina Dentata‏
@PocketSizeNisa
That “Hungry Caterpillar” story was very misleading tbh. So what, eat like a pig for a week, get fat, go sleep: then wake up beautiful? No
2:33 PM - 6 Feb 2012

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Sophie Pieroni‏
@sophiepieroni
I think the moral of a very hungry caterpillar is that if you eat a lot and sleep for two weeks you will wake up beautiful
12:50 PM - 19 Nov 2012

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Erica Dickinson‏
@dickinson_erica
“If The Hungry Caterpillar taught me anything, it’s that I can eat all the carbs I want, take a nap & wake up a beautiful butterfly.”
12:36 PM - 21 Feb 2013

Funny Status
The book, “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” taught me that…
March 17, 2013 Food Status Updates
The book, “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” taught me that I can binge eat, take a two week nap, and wake up beautiful.

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Chase Skylar‏
@ChaseSkylar
A Very Hungry Caterpillar taught me that I can binge eat, take a two week nap, and wake up beautiful.
1:03 PM - 17 Mar 2013

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Bill Murray‏
@BiIIMurray
The book, “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” taught me that I can binge eat, take a two week nap, and wake up beautiful.
6:23 PM - 23 Dec 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 • Permalink