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 October 07, 2017
“Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?"/"Because it heard the referee was blowing fowls.”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. A basketball version is:

Q: Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
A: Because it heard the ref was blowing fouls (fowls).


The joke was posted on the newsgroup net.jokes on May 30, 1984, and has been printed on several images.


Google Groups: net.jokes
chickens, babies & linefeeds (may be unsuitable for younger or more sensitive readers)
Nate Stelton
5/30/84
(...)
why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
he heard that the ref was blowing fouls.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Why did the chicken cross the…
sh...@ecs.umass.edu
9/29/90
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
It heard the ref was blowing fowls

Google Books
Squeaky Clean Jokes for Kids
By Bob Phillips and Steve Russo
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Press
1997
Pg. 149:
Delbert: Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
Darlene: I have no clue.
Delbert: Because the referee called a fowl.

Google Groups: alt.jokes pentium
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
Michael Parkes
5/31/98
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
Because the referee was blowing fowls.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
j.roy.b
12/17/99
He heard the ref was blowing fouls on the other side.

YouTube
Jokes - Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? He heard the ref was blowing fowls.
jokesus
Published on Aug 19, 2015
Joke :
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? 
He heard the ref was blowing fowls.

Twitter
Brad Dean‏
@bdean47
Replying to @Globalgallop
why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
It heard the ref was blowing fowls
6:29 AM - 23 May 2016

Twitter
Daily Lifts‏
@daily_lifts
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? Because he heard the ref call the fowl. #Jokes
8:49 PM - 24 May 2016

Twitter
Lia Matera‏
@liamatera
Unfortunately, I’m reminded of old dumb joke: Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? Because it heard the referee was blowing fouls
9:00 PM - 30 May 2016

Google Books
Sports Illustrated Kids Basketball Jokes!
By B. A. Hoena
North Mankato, MN: Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint
2017 ©2018
Pg. 36:
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
Because the referee called a foul.

Reddit—Jokes
Why did the chicken cross the basketball court ?
submitted October 7, 2017 by steezycheesefries
Because the referee was blowin fowles

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, October 07, 2017 • Permalink