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 June 23, 2018
“What time is it when you sit on a tack?"/"Spring time.”

A time riddle is:

Q: What time is is when you sit on a tack?
A: Spring time.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1968. “What time is it when you sit on a pin?"/"Spring time” has been cited in print since at least 2009.


Google Books
Jokes, Puns, and Riddles
by David Allen Clark
Illustrations by Lionel Kalish
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1968
Pg. 160:
Question: What time is it when you sit on a tack? Answer: Spring time.

24 March 1973, Xenia (OH) Daily Gazette, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 4, col. 1:
Q. What time is it when you sit on a tack?
A. Spring time.
Dana Wilburn—Xenia

16 June 1973, Stamford (CT) Advocate, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 4, col. 1:
Question: What times is it when you sit on a tack?
Answer: Spring time.
Jimmy Wenning, Age 9, Stamford

Google Books
January 1976, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 74, col. 1:
Hi: What time is it when you sit on a tack?
Jinks: Spring time! — Russell Johnson, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Google Groups: chaopsych
“...imposing a stable, organised state on a chaotic system.”
Frederick D Abraham
10/1/13
(...)
> What time is it when you sit on a tack?
> Spring time.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Saturday, June 23, 2018 • Permalink