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 26, 2021
“What goes up when rain comes down?"/"Umbrellas.”

A classic rain riddle was printed in The Independent (New York, NY) on November 12, 1891:

Q: What goes up when rain comes down?
A: Umbrellas.


“What goes up when the rain comes down? An umbrella” is another form of the riddle.


12 November 1891, The Independent (New York, NY), “Pebbles: Conundrums, New and Old,” pg. 33, col. 2:
What goes up when rain comes down?
Umbrellas.

Newspapers.com
Chronicling America
9 March 1892, Maryville (TN) Times, pg. 6, col. 5:
WHAT goes up when rain comes down? Umbrellas.

Chronicling America
7 May 1905, The Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA), “Questions,” magazine, pg. 7, col. 2:
What goes up when the rain comes down?

Chronicling America
18 April 1906, Hartford (KY) Herald, “Conundrums,” pg. 4, col. 6:
What goes up when the rain comes down? Umbrella.

29 September 1907, Sunday World-Herald (Omaha, NE), magazine, pg. 15, col. 5:
I think the answer to the riddle, what goes up when the rain comes down? is an umbrella.

Newspapers.com
23 May 1921, The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA), “Nuts to Crack,” pg. 9, col. 2:
“What goes up when rain comes down?”—Umbrellas.

Google Books
A Picture Almanac for Boys and Girls:
A Fascinating Introduction Into the Wonderland of Everyday Knowledge

By Grace L. Kohl
Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing Company, Incorporated
1942
Pg. 70:
What goes up when rain comes down?
An umbrella.

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Thy Wedded Husband
By Mary Garland O’Connor
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin
1957
Pg. 181:
“What goes up when the rain comes down?”

“An umbrella, you silly.”

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The Cokesbury Game Book
By Arthur M. Depew
New York, NY: Abingdon Press
1960
Pg. 47:
What goes up when rain comes down? Umbrella.

Google Books
Game Book
By Arthur M. Depew
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1977
Pg. 37:
What goes up when rain comes down? Umbrella.

Google Books
Captain Cook Chased a Chook:
Children’s Folklore in Australia

By June Factor
Ringwood, Victoria, Australia: Penguin Books; New York, NY, USA: Viking Penguin
1988
Pg. 116:
What goes up when the rain comes down? - Umbrellas.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 03-05-01
Stan Kegel
3/1/05
(...)
What goes up when rain comes down?
Umbrellas! (Kendra)

Twitter
Amanda Michelle Moon
@amandamoon
What goes up when the rain comes down?  An umbrella! (Courtesy of Sid the Science Kid)`
8:51 AM · May 14, 2010·TweetDeck

Twitter
danielle
@deeemenn
what goes up when rain comes down? 
umbrellas
11:13 PM · May 29, 2010·Twitter SMS

Google Books
Funny Jokes and Riddles for Children
By Alexandra Cooper
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2016
Pg. ?:
Q. What goes up when rain comes down?
A. An umbrella!

Twitter
Rice University
@RiceUniversity
What goes up when rain comes down?
An umbrella!
Be prepared for today’s cold and rainy weather, Owls.
9:15 AM · Jan 23, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jimmy RevJim Olsen
@mybuddyjimmy
What goes up when the rain comes down? Umbrella. #RiddleoftheDay
11:38 AM · Oct 23, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
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