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 October 08, 2018
“The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room”

People bump into things in dark rooms. “Shin: A device for finding furniture in the dark” is a jocular line that was printed in The Courier-Journal & Times (Louisville, KY) on July 15, 1973. “The shin bone is a device for finding furniture” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor on October 12, 2003. “The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room” was posted on the newsgroup Fun Jokes on June 20, 2006.


15 July 1973, The Courier-Journal & Times (Louisville, KY), “funnybone,” Magazine sec., pg. 20, col. 2:
Shin: A device for finding furniture in the dark.
Mrs. E. Lucian
Louisville


30 September 1973, The Sunday Sun (Baltimore, MD), “Sunday Punch,” Magazine sec., pg. 22, col. 2:
Shin: A device for finding furniture in the dark.

20 December 1973, Hondo (TX) Anvil Herald, pg. 2, col. 8 ad:
Shin: A device for finding furniture in the dark.
(Leinweber’s.—ed.)

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 106
1975
Pg. 93:
A shin is a device for finding furniture in the dark (Mack McGinnis)

Google Books
Doc Blakely’s Handbook of Wit and Pungent Humor
By James Blakely
Houston, TX: Rich Publishing Company
1980
Pg. 84:
An expert said: “A shin is a device for finding furniture in the dark.”

Google Groups: alt.humor
Wise words
Rowland Croucher
10/12/03
(...)
The shin bone is a device for finding furniture.

10 October 2004, Odessa (TX) American, “William Tells” by Bill Salter, pg. 2A, col. 1:
The shinbone is a device for finding furniture.

Google Groups: Fun Jokes
FW: Fun-E-Mail Friday June 16, 2006
jesse goss
6/20/06
(...)
The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

Twitter
Bonnie Snyder
@BonnieSays
The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
2:44 AM - 19 Apr 2009

Google Books
5,000 Sidesplitting Jokes and One-Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2013
Pg. ?:
The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

Reddit—Oneliners
The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
submitted October 8, 2018 by priveti22

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