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 05, 2021
“What’s shakin’ bacon?”

"What’s shakin’ bacon?” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The rhyming expression means “What’s happening” or “What’s going on?” or “What’s new?’

“WHAT’S SHAKIN’ BACON?” was printed in the Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) on July 8, 1980. It’s not known who first used the expression.

“What do you call a go-go dancing pig?"/"Shakin’ bacon” is a related riddle.


Newspapers.com
6 July 1980, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA), pg. E12, col. 3 classified ad:
WHAT’S SHAKIN’ BACON?
(Century 21 ad.—ed.)

Google Books
Contemporary American Slang
By Richard A. Spears
Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Co.
1991
Pg. 226:
What’s shakin’ (bacon)? interrog. “How are you?”; “What is new?” □ What’s shakin’ bacon? What’s going down?

Google Groups: rec.nude
Warren’s confession!
Warren Ockrassa
Feb 7, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Har har, woink woink. What’s shakin, bacon?

Newspapers.com
31 May 1997, The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan), “Chabun @ Large” by Will Chabun, pg. A5, col. 3:
To find out what’s shakin’ bacon, the following definitions may provide some insight in today’s teenage terms.

Urban Dictionary
whats shakin bacon
An expression used to replace what is up. this phrase is Patented by elbara
hey!
YO Whats shakin bacon!

by Elbara July 16, 2006

Twitter
bru·hee·tah
@BrujitaLinda
word up @akelatal.. what’s shakin’ bacon? smile
3:42 PM · Dec 21, 2007·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Sarah (she/her)
@yowhatsthehaps
I could never be friends with Kevin Bacon because he would quickly grow to despise me after the 10th greeting of “What’s shakin, Bacon?”
4:30 PM · Sep 17, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Answers.com
What does the phrase ‘’What’s shakin’ bacon’’ mean?
Asked by Wiki User
Answered March 02, 2011 1:46AM
The phrase «What’s shakin’ bacon» is foremost a play with rhymes.
«what’s shakin’» means «What’s going on?» or «What’s up?».
«bacon» makes the whole phrase rhyme, and depending on context, may be either intended as humor or an insult (calling the other person a pig or calling them fat.)

urban Dictionary
What’s shakin bacon?
What’s going on?
“What’s shakin bacon?” “Nothin much”
by pizza&coke January 21, 2012

Yarn
What’s shakin’, bacon?
The Mick - The Grandparents [S01E02] (2017)
Source video - Top clips - Next line quiz

YouTube
“What’s shakin’ Bacon?”
Sep 3, 2019
The Bus Brother

Google Books
Title What’s Shakin Bacon: Journal Notebook 6x9 Inch,100 Page Gift for :young Girl Friend Ghost Boys Student Dad Daughter Teacher Grandma Girls Kids Sister Parents Teen Birthday School Uncle Man Mom Old Wife Husband Girlfriend
Author noote book publishing
Publisher Independently Published, 2020
ISBN 9798575267522
Length 100 pages

Twitter
Nathan Shubert
@nathanshubert
I want to start saying “what’s shakin, bacon?” to people but with 100% seriousness
5:20 PM · Feb 28, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, March 05, 2021 • Permalink