A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 11, 2017
“What kind of robbery is not dangerous?"/"A safe robbery.”

A robbery riddle is:

Q: What kind of robbery is not dangerous?
A: A safe robbery.


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1869.


1 September 1869, Daily Eastern Argus (Portland, ME), pg. 4, col. 1:
What kind of robbery is not dangerous? A safe robbery, of course.

Chronicling America
27 May 1870, State Rights Democrat (Albany, OR), “Chips,” pg. 1, col. 7:
What kind of robbery is not dangerous? A safe robbery, of course.

Google Books
29 May 1875, Harper’s Weekly (New York, NY), pg. 442, col. 3:
What kind of robbery is not dangerous?—A safe robbery, of course.

Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 170:
What kind of robbery is not dangerous?
A safe robbery.

Google Books
Riddles with a Reason:
Improving language skills through wordplay

By Jeri S. Cipriano
Torrance, CA: Good Apple
1998
Pg. 10:
What kind of robbery is not dangerous?
Answer: A safe robbery.

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Humor from the Net
Bill McCray
8/30/03
PUNS OF THE WEAK for the week ending August 23, 2002, part 4
(...)
What kind of robbery is not dangerous?
A safe robbery.  (Connie, 12)

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What kind of robbery is not dangerous? A safe robbery.
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What kind of robbery is not dangerous?
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7:55 PM - 11 Nov 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Saturday, November 11, 2017 • Permalink