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 March 17, 2020
“What kills coronavirus?"/"Ammonia cleaner."/"Sorry, I thought you worked here.”

"Ammonia cleaner” can sound like “I’m only a cleaner.” A joke was posted on Twitter by Yorkie ‘B’ #xmil on September 5, 2018:

I was in a hardware shop and I said to the guy “What gets rid of grime and stains?”
He said “Ammonia cleaner.”
I said “Oh sorry, I thought you worked here.”


The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak made the joke far more popular. This was posted on Twitter by Vadim on February 29, 2020:

Guy goes into B&Q (a UK equivalent of Home Depot or Lowe’s—ed.) and asks “what’s the best thing to use on surfaces for coronavirus?”
The guy goes “Ammonia cleaner”
He replies “Oh, I’m sorry I thought you worked here”.



Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 1 December 2019, spreading to every province-level administrative division of the country by 29 January 2020. On 30 January, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern following an increase in the number of cases outside China.

Wikipedia: Ammonia
Ammonia is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen with the formula NH3. A stable binary hydride, and the simplest pnictogen hydride, ammonia is a colourless gas with a characteristic pungent smell. It is a common nitrogenous waste, particularly among aquatic organisms, and it contributes significantly to the nutritional needs of terrestrial organisms by serving as a precursor to food and fertilizers. Ammonia, either directly or indirectly, is also a building block for the synthesis of many pharmaceutical products and is used in many commercial cleaning products.

Twitter
Yorkie ‘B’ #xmil
@RenownVet
I was in a hardware shop and I said to the guy “What gets rid of grime and stains?”
He said “Ammonia cleaner.”
I said “Oh sorry, I thought you worked here.” ....
1:47 PM · Sep 5, 2018·Twitter for Android

Facebook
Nick Webb is at Aunt Ammonias Cleaning Service.
September 6, 2018 · Petersburg, TN ·
I was in a hardware shop and I said to the assistant “What gets rid of grime and stains?”
He said “Ammonia cleaner.”
I said “Oh sorry, I thought you worked here.”

Twitter
John Collins
@HolyDalek
I was in a hardware shop and I said to the assistant “What gets rid of grime and stains?”
He said “Ammonia cleaner.”
I said “Oh sorry, I thought you worked here.”
3:57 PM · Sep 6, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Vadim
@VadimRangers40
Replying to @ArtiProcter and @SosigRollSoc
BT BT listen to this one…
Guy goes into B&Q and asks “what’s the best thing to use on surfaces for coronavirus?”
The guy goes “Ammonia cleaner”
He replies “Oh, I’m sorry I thought you worked here”.
7:07 PM · Feb 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
The Dad Joke Man
@DadJokeMan
So I was in the chemist and I said to the assistant “What gets rid of coronavirus?”
She said “Ammonia cleaner.”
I said “Oh sorry, I thought you worked here...”
1:20 PM · Mar 1, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/scumoftheuk March 2, 2020
Coronavirus
I went into the pharmacy yesterday and asked the assistant ‘What gets rid of Coronavirus?’.
She said ‘Ammonia cleaner’.
I said ‘I’m sorry, I thought you worked here’.

Facebook
Rude Retuns Rude Jokes For Over Twenties
March 3, 2020 at 1:47 PM ·
So, I was in the chemist and I said to the assistant, “What gets rid of coronavirus?”
She said, “Ammonia cleaner.”
I said, “Oh sorry, I thought you worked here!”

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
I went to the pharmacy yesterday and asked the assistant what gets rid of the Coronavirus.
She said ammonia cleaner.
I said sorry I thought you worked here.
6:04 AM · Mar 6, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Kelly240361 March 7, 2020
I went into a pharmacy and asked “what gets rid of Coronavirus?”
The assistant replied “ammonia cleaner” I said “I’m sorry, I thought you worked here”

Twitter
Gary Spike OSullivan
@spike_osullivan
I went into a shop in Belfast and asked
“Do you sell anything to prevent the spread of corona virus?”
She said “Ammonia cleaner.”
I said “I’m sorry, I thought you worked here.”
#coronavirus #COVID2019 #CoronavirusOutbreak
12:31 PM · Mar 9, 2020 from Cork, Ireland·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Martin Knight
@MartinKnight_
So I was in the chemist and I said to the assistant
“What gets rid of Coronavirus?” And she said “Ammonia Cleaner”.
I said “Oh I’m sorry I thought you worked here”.
5:01 PM · Mar 12, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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