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 March 28, 2018
“What stars go to jail?"/"Shooting stars.”

A riddle about stars is:

Q: What stars go to jail?
A: Shooting stars.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1976.


Wikipedia: Shooting Star
Shooting star is a common name for the visible path of a meteoroid as it enters the atmosphere, becoming a meteor.

Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 184:
What stars go to jail?
Shooting stars.

3 June 1991, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 4, col. 2:
Q: Which stars go to jail?
A: Shooting stars!
(Sent in by Irene Adepoju)

Google Groups: alt.teens.penpals
Behind Bars.
merry mcgrath
11/22/99
What kinds of stars go to jail?  Shooting stars.

Twitter
Bollywood Sargam
@bollywoodsargam
Criminal jokes - 3351 Joke: What stars go to jail?
Shooting stars. .... http://bit.ly/14PlNz
8:05 AM - 18 Jul 2009

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
Pg. ?:
What stars go to jail?Shooting stars.

Twitter
Jokeify-it
@jokeify_it
What stars go to jail? Shooting stars. by #stars #stars
4:33 AM - 3 May 2017

Twitter
Lucky Score
@LuckyScoreNet
What stars go to jail?
Shooting stars.
#Joke from #CriminalJokes in #Jokes, #Humor and #Satire
2:53 PM - 29 Mar 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 • Permalink