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 January 19, 2018
“Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud, and cross the road again?” (riddle)

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

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud, and cross the road again?
A: Because he was a dirty double-crosser.


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1988.


28 February 1988, The Sun-Herald (Sydney, Australia), pg. 99, col. 4:
Q. Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again?
A. Because he wanted to be a dirty double crosser.
Danielle (9), Waverley.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
FUCKING STUPID JOKE
rast...@inferno.com
5/25/94
I can top that one…

Why id the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross back again?
To be a dirty double crosser

29 June 1996, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), “If you try, you can really be annoying” by Elsa McDowell, pg. 1L
And of course, there’s the age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again?

Because he was a dirty double-crosser.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Why did the chicken cross the road . . . . .
va...@lehigh.edu
3/24/97
Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud, and cross the road again?

Because he was a dirty, double crosser......

Google Groups: alt.support.trauma-ptsd
Chicken Soup
cloud dreamer
2/13/02
(...)
Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again ?
Because he was a dirty double-crosser

Google Books
The Usborne Book of Silly Jokes
By Laura Howell and Lenard Le Rolland
London, UK: Usborne
2003
Pg. 46:
Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in a muddy puddle and cross the road again?
Because she was a dirty double-crosser.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 03-07-03
Stan Kegel
3/7/03
(...)
Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud, and cross the road again?
Because he was a dirty double–crosser (Austin, 10)

Google Books
1,001 Smiles
By Marion Kaplinsky
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
2005
Pg. 62:
“Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the dirt, and cross the road again?”
“Because he was a dirty double crosser.”

Twitter
Jennifer Holden‏
@HoldenJen
Why did the chicken cross the road, jump in a mud puddle, then cross the road again? He was a dirty, double-crossing chicken!
10:15 PM - 27 Jan 2009

Twitter
Maggie Gray‏
@hedgemag
Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the dirt, and cross the road again? Cos she was a dirty, double crosser”
10:19 AM - 9 Feb 2009

Google Books
Happy Smile:
Jokes for Kids

By Adam Smith
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2017
Pg. ?:
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in mud, then cross the road again?
A: He was a dirty double crosser!

Reddit—Jokes
Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again?
submitted September 5, 2017 by singhsterabhi
Because he was a dirty double-crosser.

Reddit—Dad Jokes
Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud, and cross the road again? (self.dadjokes)
submitted January 20, 2018 by DatedRef_PastEvent
Because he was a dirty double-crosser.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Friday, January 19, 2018 • Permalink