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 July 27, 2019
“This is my house."/"What’s upstairs?"/"Stairs don’t talk.”

"What’s upstairs?” shouldn’t be confused with “What’s up, stairs?” A house joke was posted on Twitter by fishy🐠 on September 9, 2018:

Me: and this is my house
Friend: what’s upstairs
Me: stairs don’t talk



Twitter
fishy🐠
@fishbowel
Me: and this is my house
Friend: what’s upstairs
Me: stairs don’t talk
1:27 AM · Sep 9, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jokes OK Please
@jokesokplease
So I was showing my friends the first floor of my house. When one of them said “What’s upstairs?”.
I told him that the stairs don’t talk. #joke
6:10 PM · Sep 10, 2018·Twee Love

Twitter
tati ⊗
@AGEOFLEHNSHERR
thomas: and this is my house
minho: what’s upstairs
thomas: stairs don’t talk
7:29 PM · Sep 10, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/commie4life September 10, 2018
So I was showing my friends the first floor of my house
When one of them said “What’s upstairs?”. I told him that the stairs don’t talk.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/william238154 September 21, 2018
So I was showing my friend my home and he said “what’s up stairs?”
I told him stairs don’t talk

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/justme24601 June 15, 2019
Me: and this is my house My friends: what’s upstairs?? Me: stairs don’t talk....

Reddit—PeterExplainsTheJoke
givemebackmyeggroll July 17, 2019
The joke is, this guy is asking what was upstairs, as in the upper level of his house. However, the friend interpreted it as asking the stairs “what’s up”, and since stairs are inanimate and don’t talk, he thought he would clarify that.

LaffGaff
By laffgaff July 26, 2019
New House Joke
I was showing my friend my new house.
“So this is my house,” I said.
He said, “What’s upstairs?”
I said, “Stairs don’t talk.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Saturday, July 27, 2019 • Permalink