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 December 12, 2021
“When life gives you Lenins, make vodka”

“If/When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a popular saying. “Lemons” is replaced with “Lenin(s)” in jocular political variations of the adage.

“When life gives you lenins, make vodka” was posted on Twitter by mayhem on March 1, 2020.

“When life gives you Lenin—make Leninade. http://bit.ly/c9Po43” was posted on Twitter by AllThingsM on April 15, 2010. “When life gives you Lenin—make Leninade. - http://go.loops.net/CfN” was posted on Twitter by Frank Bongers later on April 15, 2010. “Old Russian Proverb: When life gives you Lenin, make Leninade...” was posted on Twitter by Jungle Crews Podcast on April 21, 2012. “When life gives you Lenins, make Leninade” was posted on Twitter by Blake Hounshell on January 26, 2013. A drink called Leninade actually has been produced.

“When life gives you Lenins, make Leningrad” was posted on Twitter by Dick Rentals on January 12, 2011. “When life gives you Lenins, make Leningrad” was posted on Twitter by Dick Rentals on September 16, 2011. “@Annoyedworld: When life gives you Lenins make Leningrad” was posted on Twitter by Thomas Milman on March 28, 2012. “when life gives you Lenin, make Leningrad” was posted on Twitter by Ian Rennie on July 20, 2013. Leningrad (1924–1991) was the name of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

“When life gives you Lenin, squeeze the means of production” was posted on Reddit—Oneliners on December 12, 2021.


Wikipedia: Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1870 – 21 January 1924), better known by his alias Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as the first and founding head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration, Russia, and later the Soviet Union, became a one-party socialist state governed by the Soviet Communist Party. A Marxist, he developed a variant of communist ideology known as Leninism.

Wikipedia: Leninade
Leninade (Russian: Ленинад) is a soda based on lemonade made by Real Soda In Real Bottles, Ltd. The name is a portmanteau of “Lenin” and “lemonade”, with the packaging having a Soviet theming.

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mayhem
@DavySunshine
When life gives you lenins, make vodka.
2:23 PM · Mar 1, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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ealKajjajja
@kajjajja
When life gives you lenins, make vodka. (via @DavySunshine)
2:38 PM · Mar 1, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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AllThingsM
@AllThingsM
When life gives you Lenin—make Leninade. http://bit.ly/c9Po43
12:21 PM · Apr 15, 2010·twitterfeed

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Frank Bongers
@loopsnet_memkt
When life gives you Lenin—make Leninade. - http://go.loops.net/CfN
1:02 PM · Apr 15, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Dick Rentals
@Nickadoo
When life gives you Lenins, make Leningrad.
11:50 PM · Jan 12, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Dick Rentals
@Nickadoo
When life gives you Lenins, make Leningrad.
3:32 AM · Sep 16, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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When Life Gives You Lenin, Make Lemonade
David Boaz of the Cato Institute catches The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza in an embarrassing error. At the beginning of Lizza’s recent story about the Obama administration--which on the whole was well-reported and interesting--he described the disillusionment of a group of conservative writers who met with the president-elect in January 2009:

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Thomas Milman he/him
@seventimestom
“@Annoyedworld: When life gives you Lenins make Leningrad.”
7:16 PM · Mar 28, 2012·Twitter for iPad

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Jungle Crews Podcast
@SkipCast
Old Russian Proverb: When life gives you Lenin, make Leninade…
7:06 PM · Apr 21, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Zeit and geist
@anupdgn
Replying to @Stupidosaur
@Stupidosaur And if life gives you Lenin, you’re a born commie!
4:00 AM · Sep 30, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Victor H Lagerqvist
@VictorHolm
Replying to @hofverberg
@hofverberg if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, if life gives you lenins, make leninade
6:21 PM · Nov 19, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Blake Hounshell
@blakehounshell
When life gives you Lenins, make Leninade.
6:57 AM · Jan 26, 2013·Tweetbot for Mac

Reddit—Puns
Posted by u/hokyshmokes9710 June 1, 2013
When life gives you Lenins…
distribute them evenly among the people.

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Ian Rennie
@theangelremiel
when life gives you Lenin, make Leningrad.
1:05 PM · Jul 20, 2013·Hootsuite

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Nik Axis
@nikaxis
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade, if life gives you Lenins, make Leningrade
6:18 PM · Nov 10, 2013·Echofon

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hashtag art
@Ap0etic
“When life hands you Lenin, make Leningrad(e)”: WW1 Soviet Soldier saying. #history #Russia
12:40 PM · Jan 18, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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MAURICE S. KANE. JR.
@KanemauriceS
When life gives you Lenin, well, you drink Leninade. Now, hurry up, don’t be stallin’(Stalin)
(Bottles of Leninade are shown.—ed.)
10:25 PM · Feb 11, 2014·Twitter for Android

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bring on the dancing holiday horses
@inthefade
When life hands you Lenin, make Leninade.
4:05 PM · Mar 2, 2014·Twitter Web Client

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Alex Kramer
@shamshandwich
@Bonkatomic when life gives you Lenins, make Leningrad.
8:30 PM · May 6, 2015·Twitter Web Client

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Atom The Creator
@atom_audio101
When life gives you Lenin…
(A bottle of Leninade is shown.—ed.)
8:56 PM · May 26, 2015 from Overland Park, KS·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/portersthumb May 30, 2015
Lenins
If life hands you Lenins, start a socialist revolution.

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redlibrarian
@redlibrarian
Replying to @cameralibrarian and @adr
“when life gives you Lenin, make Leninade. “
12:11 AM · Nov 17, 2016·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Funny
Posted by u/KGBFriedChicken02 December 16, 2016
When life gives you Lenins
TAKE CONTROL OF THE FACTORIES, AND CREATE A NEW WORLD ORDER!

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L.W. Merrycade -2%
@CHARLIEBOT34
When life gives you Lenin you sieze the means of production
10:55 AM · Mar 22, 2017·Twitter for Android

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Mike Berg
@BigMikeBerg
When life gives you Lenin, seize the means of production to make Leninade.
7:20 PM · Aug 21, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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JoeyJoJoJuniorShabadoo
@cpaul512
Replying to @CrazyinRussia
When life hands you Lenins,make Leninade.
5:33 PM · Mar 25, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Mark Clemens
@samuel_twain
When life hands you Lenin, make Leningrad
10:38 AM · Sep 23, 2020·Twitter Web App

Reddit—The_Memedom
Posted by u/The_Ragnaross November 1, 2020
When life give you lenin make leningrad

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Après-Coup-D’État
@SvetozarJack
My motto is: “When life gives you Lenins, make Leningrads”
5:21 PM · Dec 21, 2020·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/ragingbulgogi December 12, 2021
When life gives you Lenin, squeeze the means of production.

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Billionaire Bloggins Jr. PhD, CFA (Retired)
@TheBloggins
When life gives you Lenin, squeeze the means of production
4:18 PM · Dec 12, 2021·Twitter Web App

(Trademark)
Word Mark LENINADE
Goods and Services IC 032. US 045 046 048. G & S: soft drinks. FIRST USE: 20021021. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20021021
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 78584063
Filing Date March 9, 2005
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition December 6, 2005
Registration Number 3063461
Registration Date February 28, 2006
Owner (REGISTRANT) Real Soda in Real Bottles, Ltd. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 2140 W 139th Street Gardena CALIFORNIA 90249
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20150428.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20150428
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