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 September 19, 2017
“What do you call a pirate who skips class?"/"Captain Hooky.”

A pirate riddle is:

Q: What do you call a pirate who skips class?
A: Captain Hooky.


“Captain Hooky” is a blend of “Captain Hook” and “hooky.” The joke has been cited in print since at least 2003.


Wikipedia: Captain Hook
Captain James Hook is a fictional character, the antagonist of J. M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up and its various adaptations, in which he is Peter Pan’s archenemy. The character is a pirate captain of the brig Jolly Roger; Barrie identifies him as Blackbeard’s former bo’sun. His two principal fears are the sight of his own blood (supposedly an unnatural colour) and the crocodile who pursues him after eating the hand cut off by Pan. An iron hook replaced his severed hand, which gave the pirate his name. After getting a taste of Hook, the crocodile pursues him relentlessly, but the ticking clock it has swallowed warns Hook of its presence.

Karma-Lab Forums
Pirate Jokes
kahrayzee
26-Jun-03, 04:15 PM
(...)
What do you call a priate that skips school? Captain Hooky!

3 August 2003, The News Press (Fort Myers, FL), “Ahoy, matie!” by Amy Williams, pg. R10:
What do you call a pirate who skips class? Captain Hooky.

PirateJokes.net
On March 19, 2005, the scurvy Cap’n Karikas said:
Q: What do you call a pirate that skips class?
A: Captain Hooky!

Google Groups: rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
More Pirate Jokes
frood
9/19/05
(...)
What do you call a pirate that skips school?
Captain Hooky

6 July 2006, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), “A pirate’s life for me?” by Tim Brouk, pg. D1, col. 4:
What do you call a pirate that skips class?
Captain Hooky

Twitter
Deanna Stall‏
@dstall
What do you call a pirate that skips class? Captain Hooky!  arrrrgggg!
11:38 AM - 19 Sep 2008

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My Creative Team‏
@MyCreativeTeam
what do you call a pirate who skips class? - captain hooky!
1:18 PM - 19 Sep 2008

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Twigg‏
@MikhailBuer
what do you call a pirate that skips class?
captain hooky!
2:31 PM - 12 May 2009

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes:
Humour for the whole family

Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. ?:
What do you call a pirate who skips class?
Captain Hooky.

Twitter
Adventure Bytes LLC‏
@adventurebytes
Kid approved joke of the day:  Q.  What do you call a famous pirate who always skips school?  A.  Captain Hooky.
2:02 PM - 31 Mar 2011

Google Books
Fun Pirate Jokes For Kids
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
What do you call a pirate that skips class?
Captain Hooky!

Google Books
Best Jokes Ever:
Jokes for Kids

By Chantelle Grace
Racine, WI: BroadStreet Kids
2017
Pg. ?:
What do you call a pirate that skips class?
Captain Hooky.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 • Permalink