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 21, 2018
“When life gives you marmals, make marmalade”

"If/When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is an old saying. The joke has been applied to marmalade—a fruit preserve that is not made from “marmals.” “I’m always surprised to meet people who haven’t had marmalade, the preserve made of delicious marmals!” was posted on Twitter by CuddlyColin on December 16, 2008.

“When life hands you marmals, make marmalade” was posted on Twitter by James Spence on January 30, 2009. “You know what they say: when life sends you marmals, make marmalade!” was posted on Twitter by Chris Longridge on August 2, 2009.  “If life gives you marmals, make marmalade” was posted on Twitter by Jafafa Hots on September 1, 2009.


Wikipedia: Marmalade
Marmalade generally refers to a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. It can be produced from kumquats, lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, sweet oranges, bergamots, and other citrus fruits, or any combination of them.
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In 1524, Henry VIII received a “box of marmalade” from Mr Hull of Exeter. As it was in a box, this was probably marmelada, a solid quince paste from Portugal, still made and sold in southern Europe. Its Portuguese origins can be detected in the remarks in letters to Lord Lisle, from William Grett, 12 May 1534, “I have sent to your lordship a box of marmaladoo, and another unto my good lady your wife” and from Richard Lee, 14 December 1536, “He most heartily thanketh her Ladyship for her marmalado”.

Twitter
🌺CuddlyColin 🌺
@CuddlyColin
I’m always surprised to meet people who haven’t had marmalade, the preserve made of delicious marmals!
5:09 PM - 16 Dec 2008

Twitter
James Spence
@artofspence
When life hands you marmals, make marmalade
3:20 AM - 30 Jan 2009

Twitter
David MacGregor
@joegreenz
RT @sillybeggar: When life hands you marmals, make marmalade
3:30 AM - 30 Jan 2009

Twitter
Chris Longridge
@Chris_Longridge
You know what they say: when life sends you marmals, make marmalade!
5:52 AM - 2 Aug 2009

Twitter
Jafafa Hots
@JafafaHots
Ok I’m gonna retract that last one and change it to “If life gives you marmals, make marmalade.”
9:35 PM - 1 Sep 2009

Twitter
Terry Bain
@terrybain
When life hands you marmals, make marmalade.\
11:57 AM - 1 Nov 2009

Twitter
Tracy King
@tkingdot
When life gives you marmals, make marmalade.
7:52 PM - 27 Nov 2014

Twitter
Dominic Caruso
@DominicCaruso1
When life hands you marmals please make marmalade
9:06 PM - 23 Jun 2017

Twitter
eric af
@ewfeez
Call me a snob but I only drink marmalade if it’s made with fresh-squeezed marmals.
1:14 AM - 5 Jan 2018

Reddit—AskReddit
If lemonade is made of lemons, what is the marmal?
(self.AskReddit)
submitted May 23, 2018 by smarmy_the_blade

Reddit—Jokes
When life gives you marmals
submitted June 12, 2018 by daddy11world
Make marmalade

Reddit—3amjokes
Someone told me marmals aren’t a thing self.3amjokes
Submitted August 21, 2018 by DEADFAC3
So how do they make marmalade then?

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 • Permalink