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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 10, 2020
“What is a room full of sauerkraut?"/"Over-krauted.”

"Sauerkraut” gave the word “kraut” (for “German"). “Overkrauted”—like “overcrowded”—can mean too many Germans or too much sauerkraut.

Why the hot dog vendors need more room—THEY’RE OVERKRAUTED” was printed in the Leader-Times (Kittanning, PA) on January 3, 1975. “Why did the hot dogs need more room? They were over-krauted” was printed in the Edmonton (Alberta) Journal on November 1, 1979.

“What’s a room full of saurkraut? Over-krauted” is a riddle that was posted on Reddit—Jokes in 2015 and on Twitter by Jimmy RevJim Olsen on November 10, 2020.


Wikipedia: Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut (/ˈsaʊ.ərkraʊt/; German: [ˈzaʊɐˌkʁaʊt] (lit. “sour cabbage") is finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid formed when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage leaves.

Wiktionary: Kraut
Etymology
From German Kraut (“cabbage”), alluding to the use of cabbage as ingredient in German cuisine. From 19th c. but popularized during WWI/II.
Noun
Kraut
(plural Krauts)
1. (ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A German. [from 1841].

Newspapers.com
3 January 1975, Leader-Times (Kittanning, PA), “Magic Spell” by Hal Kaufman, pg. 10, col. 1:
Answer: Why the hot dog vendors need more room
THEY’RE OVERKRAUTED.

Newspapers.com
1 November 1979, Edmonton (Alberta) Journal, “Junior Journal” by Lesley Francis, pg. C6, col. 1:
RIDDLES
Why did the hot dogs need more room?
They were over-krauted.

Google Groups: alt.culture.alaska
TroubleSome’s rhetoric
Alaska Bill
Oct 27, 1998, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Skip the T-Shirts and beer. Open a German restaurant.

German restaurants are great because even of the hors ‘dourves are bad, you know the wurst is yet to come......

Then there was the German restaurant that was closed by the fire marshall for exceeding the allowed maximum seating capacity. The restaurant was over-krauted…

Twitter
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@thetalkingape
#PunOfTheDay: What do you call it when there are too many Germans in one location?  OverKrauted #YoureWelcome
10:15 PM · Jun 5, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
kdiddy
@kdiddy
I ate too much sauerkraut. I’m overkrauted.
Translate Tweet
7:01 PM · Oct 24, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Lammers_family (2015)
What’s a room full of saurkraut?
Over-krauted.

Twitter
Horrormer Langford
@MortLangford
Did you hear about the Nazi convention?
It was over-krauted.
11:42 PM · May 17, 2018·Twitter for Android

Twitter
reCAP Mason Jars
@reCAPmasonjars
Do you have an abundance of cabbage? Is your fridge “overkrauted?” Follow the recipe to make a tasty Mason jar ferment! https://buff.ly/2nWTzQz #fermented #masonjar #recipe #Food
11:30 AM · Aug 24, 2018·Buffer

Twitter
ButterMeltLikeButtaButter
@JWButta
A friend just gave me 12 jars of pickled cabbage. I was going to put it all in the refrigerator but I don’t want the refrigerator to be overkrauted.
9:21 PM · Jun 9, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
A Friend of Jamis
@xtratoasty
Between this seaweed salad and all the kimchi, I feel like the fermented foods section of the grocery store is getting a little overkrauted.
8:50 PM · Jun 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Big Bug Books
@BigBugBookscc
Replying to @hellpants
Yes...the place is over-krauted.
1:56 PM · Sep 22, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Facebook
Stephanie Record
November 10, 2020 at 4:41 AM ·
Laugh of the Day
Q: What’s a room full of sauerkraut? Over-krauted

Twitter
Jimmy RevJim Olsen
@mybuddyjimmy
What is a room full of sauerkraut? Over-krauted #LaughoftheDay
8:14 AM · Nov 10, 2020 from West Des Moines, IA·Twitter for iPhone

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