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 28, 2017
“What animal can be found in the unemployment line?"/"The poorqueuepine.”

A “porcupine” (a mammal) has nothing to do with a “poor queue,” but there have been puns. “A prickly tree standing in line with other trees waiting for a handout during the Depression: A poor queue pine!” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor on July 2, 2007.

A riddle was posted on Reddit—Jokes on December 28, 2017:

Q: What animal can be found in the unemployment line?
A: The poorqueuepine.



Wikipedia: Porcupine
Porcupines are rodentian mammals with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. The term covers two families of animals, the Old World porcupines of family Hystricidae, and the New World porcupines of family Erethizontidae. Both families belong to the infraorder Hystricognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of quills: despite this, the two groups are distinct from each other and are not closely related to each other within the Hystricognathi.

Google Groups: alt.humor
1 July Puns
Nemo
7/2/07
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A prickly tree standing in line with other trees waiting for a handout during the Depression: A poor queue pine!

Twitter
Christopher P. Cacho‏
@thenss
poor queue pine
6:50 PM - 20 Oct 2009

flickr
Taken on August 6, 2012
qwekiop147
POOR QUEUE PINE
Impoverished line tree

Twitter
Lakshami Mahajan‏
@minewordhord
Replying to @jtloveridge
@jtloveridge @s_martone @rachelandoga pork. Yew. Pine. OR poor queue pine. OR pour q pine.
6:35 PM - 20 Nov 2014

Reddit—Jokes
What animal can be found in the unemployment line?
submitted December 28, 2017 by TommehBoi
The poorqueuepine.

Twitter
Nitish Shekhar‏
@nitzrulzx412
What animal can be found in the unemployment line?
7:20 PM - 28 Dec 2017

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