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 March 10, 2018
“What do cars do at the disco?"/"Brake dance.”

"Breakdancing” shouldn’t be confused with “brake dancing,” but there is a riddle:

Q: What do cars do at the disco?
A: Brake dance.


The pun has been cited in print since at least 1997.


Wikipedia: Breakdancing
Breakdancing, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, breakdancing mainly consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. Breakdancing is typically set to hip-hop, funk, and breakbeat music, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.

The dance style originated primarily among Puerto Rican and African-American youths (many of them former members of street gangs, such as the Black Spades, the Young Spades, and the Baby Spades) during the mid-1970s in the Bronx.

8 June 1997, The Times of India (New Delhi, India), “the Gag Bag,” pg. 18, col. 8:
Q: What do cars do at the disco?
A: Brake dance.

25 October 2008, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Kidsday,” pg. B22:
What do cars do at the disco?
Brake dance.

Twitter
Chad Michael | Dance
@danceMarketing
Here is a lame joke to finish up your “Monday” What do cars do at the disco?
Brake dance.
7:30 PM - 26 May 2009

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steph
@actlikeuloveme
How do cars dance? 🚗
They brake dance!!! 😂

cheesy jokes because why not
1:52 PM - 29 Jun 2013

27 April 2014, The Sun (London, UK), “Daily Smile,” pg. 10:
WHAT do cars do at the disco?
Brake dance.

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That’s Entertainment
@TE_Competitions
What do cars do at the disco? Brake dance.
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7:07 AM - 10 Jan 2016

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lorraine Jo King
@LahLahBean
#Sidesplittingsunday What do cars do at the disco? Brake dance. ☺
6:40 AM - 11 Mar 2018

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