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 March 23, 2016
“Why couldn’t the fish go shopping?"/"It didn’t have anemone.”

"Anemone” sounds like “any money,” prompting the joke:

Q: Why couldn’t the clownfish afford a house?
A: Because he didn’t have anemone.


The joke was cited on Twitter on May 15, 2009. “Why couldn’t the fish go shopping?” was cited in 2014, followed by the same “It didn’t have anemone” punchline.


Twitter
Fish Chat
‏@Fish_chat
Why couldn’t the clownfish afford a house?...Because he didn’t have anemone
8:58 AM - 15 May 2009

PhotosbyKev
Fish Jokes
Posted on May 17, 2009 by photosbykev
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Why couldn’t the clownfish afford a house?…Because he didn’t have anemone

Google Books
Almost Naked Animals:
Joke Book

By Howie Dewin
New York, NY: Scholast Inc.
2013
Pg. ?:
Why couldn’t the clown fish afford a nice house?
Because he didn’t have anemone!

Facebook
The Fish
February 22, 2013 ·
Why couldn’t the clownfish afford a house?
Because he didn’t have anemone…

Google Books
More Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
By Rob Elliott
Grand Rapids, MI: Revell
2014
Pg. ?:
Q: Why couldn’t the fish go shopping?
A: It didn’t have anemone.

Google Books
Belly Laugh Jokes for Kids:
350 Hilarious Jokes

By Sky Pony Editors
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2015
Pg. ?:
Q: Why couldn’t the fish go shopping?
A: It didn’t have anemone.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 • Permalink