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 December 07, 2017
“What’s white and goes up?"/"A confused snowflake.”

A winter riddle is:

Q: What’s white and goes up?
A: A confused snowflake.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1977.


11 January 1977, Los Angeles (CA) Times, You sec., pg. 2, col. 2:
The Beastly Riddle Calendar by Jane Sarnoff and Reynold Ruffins. Hundreds of riddles, five holiday postcards to mail to friends, e.g., “What’s white and goes up? A confused snowflake.”

25 October 1995, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 4, col. 2:
Q: What’s white and goes up?
A: A confused snowflake.

The Telegraph (London, UK)
Top ten worst Christmas cracker jokes ever
By Natalie Paris 2:01PM GMT 19 Dec 2007
(...)
4. What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake.

Twitter
Rax Lakhani‏
@RaxLakhani
#crapcrackerjokes What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake.
8:11 AM - 24 Dec 2008

Google Books
Christmas Crackers
By Matt Wilce
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2012
Pg. ?:
What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake.

Google Books
Ho-Ho-Ho Christmas Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
By Amelia LaRoche
Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
2013
Pg. 30:
What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake.

Google Books
Gigglers: Christmas Jokes
By Toby Reynolds
London, UK: Scholastic Fiction
2015
Pg. 68:
Q. What’s white and goes up?
A. A confused snowflake!

Twitter
🏇MARK‏
@westy2112
What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake.
#wednesdaywit
1:29 PM - 6 Dec 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
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