A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 19, 2017
“What do you call a cat that eats lemons?"/"A sourpuss.”

A popular lemon riddle is:

Q: What do you call a cat that eats lemons?
A: A sourpuss.


The cat joke has been cited in print since at least 1943.


1 May 1943, Vernon (TX) Daily Record, “Pepsi and Pete—The Pepsi-Cola Cops” (comic strip advertisement), pg. 10, col. 2:
DID YOU SAY THE SARGE HAS A CAT THAT EATS LEMONS?
NO, I SAID HE HAS A SOUR PUSS, AND WANT TO SEE US RIGHT AWAY

9 May 1943, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Pepsi and Pete—The Pepsi-Cola Cops” (comic strip advertisement), pg. E8:
DID YOU SAY THE SARGE HAS A CAT THAT EATS LEMONS?
NO, I SAID HE HAS A SOUR PUSS, AND WANT TO SEE US RIGHT AWAY

1 June 1965, Austin (TX) Statesman, “Fun Time—The Riddle Box” by A. Leokum, pg. 24, col. 5:
What do you call a cat that eats lemons?
Sourpuss.

7 July 1969, Lexington (KY) Herald, “Lemon Aid” by Joe Holdren, pg. 21, col. 1 ad:
Pity the poor Lemon.

It has to survive jokes like “Show me a cat that eats lemons and I’ll show you a sour puss!”
(Shopper’s Choice Super Markets, Inc.—ed.)

Google Books
The Silly Riddle Book
By R. W. Alley
Racine, WI: Merrigold Press
1981
Pg. ?:
QUESTION: What do you call a cat that eats lemons?
ANSWER: A sour puss.

Google Books
Father Christmas “It’s a bloomin’ joke” Book
BY Raymond Briggs
London, UK: Puffin
1994
Pg. 90:
What do you call a cat that eats lemons?
Sourpuss.

6 January 1999, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “The Kids’ Reading Room; Pint-Sized Punch Lines,” pg. D9, col. 4:
What do you call a cat that likes lemons? A sourpuss! (Justine Coleman, 8, Venice, Westminster Magnet School)

Google Books
The Awesome Book of Cat Humor
By Bob Phillips
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
2009
Pg. 27:
Q: What do you call a cat who eats lemons?
A: A sour-puss!

Google Books
Animal Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
By Michele C. Hollow
Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
2011
Pg. 4:
What do you call a 5 cat who eats lemons?
A sourpuss!

16 October 2017, The Daily Mirror (London, UK), “Greg’s giggle” by Fiona Parker, pg. 41:
Q: WHAT do you call a cat who eats lemons?
A: A sourpuss!

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10:41 PM - 19 Oct 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, October 19, 2017 • Permalink