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 August 02, 2018
“What’s the difference between a candle and a curry?"/"A candle only burns at one end.”

A curry riddle is:

Q: What’s the difference between a candle and a curry?
A: A candle only burns at one end.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1997.


23 July 1997, The Mirror (London, UK), “Questions and Answers: Stacey Young,” pg. 5:
Tell us an awful joke: Q: What’s the difference between a candle and a curry? A: A candle only burns at one end.

Twitter
iainwp
@iainwp
Replying to @GreenJimll
@GreenJimll what’s the difference between an over-chillied curry and a candle?  a candle only burns at one end #theoldonesarethebest
2:48 AM - 7 Jun 2012

Twitter
John Brookfield
@MeltHell
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VINDALOO
CURRY AND A CANDLE IS THAT A CANDLE ONLY BURNS AT ONE END.
.... http://tinyurl.com/9bu9j43 #extremely
7:03 PM - 10 Oct 2012

Twitter
Ben Smith
@BenISmith94
A curry is like a candle stick, smells nice and colourful at one end and burns like hell at the other
5:41 PM - 21 May 2013

Twitter
Shit Jokes
@ShitJokes
What’s the difference between a candle and a curry?
A candle only burns at one end.
1:30 PM - 2 Nov 2015

Google Groups: FatBoysinPortugal
AGM - Dec 4th
Steve McCarthy
11/10/17
(...)
What’s the difference between a candle and a curry?

A candle only burns at one end.

The Scottish Sun
4 March 2018, The Sun (London, UK), “Come on down to Punjabi… the spice is right” by Tom Cowan, pg. 34:
I didn’t realise just HOW spicy it was until precisely 3.17am the following morning … What’s the difference between a candle and a curry?

That’s right — a candle only burns at one end…

Twitter
Dad’s Puns
@DadsPuns
What’s the difference between a candle and a curry?
A candle only burns at one end.
5:04 PM - 30 Jun 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, August 02, 2018 • Permalink