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 August 13, 2017
“What happens when frogs park illegally?"/"They get toad.”

A frog joke has been cited in print since at least 1982:

Q: What happens to illegally parked frogs?
A: They get “toad” (towed) away.


The “toad” pun has been printed on many images.


24 January 1982, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), “Kids tickle funny bones,” pg. D8, col. 5:
David Foster, 8 third grade
St. Francis Xavier School

What happens to illegally parked frogs?
They get “toad” away.

Google Books
February 1983, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 72, col. 2:
Princess: What will happen if you illegally park a frog?
Policeman: It will get toad away. — Hans Riemenschneider, Homewood, Ill.

26 November 1983, The Star (Anniston, AL), “The Good Life” by George Smith, pg. 7B, col. 4:
TODAY’S CORN: Illegally parked cars get toad away.

17 October 1987, The Times (Trenton, NJ), “Good Humor,” pg. B1, col. 1:
“What happens to illegally parked frog?”
“They get toad away.”

Google Books
The Big Book of Silly Riddles
By Gyles Brandreth
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated
1988
Pg. 74:
Did you hear about the frog that parked his car illegally? It got toad away.

Google Books
Whisperin’ Bill:
An Autobiography

By Bill Anderson
Marietta, GA: Longstreet Press
1989
Pg. 427:
“Hey, Bill, did you hear about the frog that got caught in the illegal parking zone?”

“No, I didn’t, Edgar. What happened?”

“He got toad away!”

Google Books
April 1990, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 72, col. 3:
Duff: Say, Dink, do you know what happens to frogs left in a no-parking zone?
Dink: Tell me.
Duff: They get toad away! — Fat Juenemann, Clements, Minn

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Stuffed Turkey
11/23/93
(...)
What happens to illegally parked frogs?  They get toad away.

17 June 1995, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Robert McClure column, pg. 1D:
As you pull up, you may notice another sign, this one decorated by a little frog:
Illegally parked cars get TOAD away.

Google Books
The Little Giant Book of Jokes
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1996
Pg. 191:
Did you hear about the frog who parked his car illegally?
It got toad away.

24 August 1998, The Sun (London, UK), “Sun fun,” pg. 20:
WHAT happens to frogs who break down?
They get toad away.

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(...)
Car And Train Joke 64
What happens when a frog’s car breaks down? It gets toad away..

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Jokes 2
By Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
Did you hear about the frog that broke down? – He got toad away.

Reddit—Jokes
What happens when frogs park illegally?
submitted August 14, 2017 by archiekc
They get toad.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Sunday, August 13, 2017 • Permalink