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 17, 2017
“Why did the dog cross the road?"/"To get to the barking lot.”

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

Q: Why did the dog cross the road?
A: To get to the barking lot.


The joke was published in the Los Angeles (CA) Times on April 6, 1999.

“How do you stop a dog from barking in the street?"/"Put him in a barking lot!” is another “barking lot” riddle.


6 April 1999, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “The Kids’ Reading Room; Pint-Sized Punch Lines,” pg. D7, col. 1:
Why did the dog cross the road? To get to the barking lot. (Catherine, 10, Garden Grove, Excelsior School)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 10-26-04
Stan Kegel
10/26/04
(...)
Why did the dog cross the road?
To get to the barking lot (Doodles: Sack & Macintosh)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 12-14-04
Stan Kegel
12/14/04
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Why did the dog cross the road?
To get to the barking lot. (Daily Groaner)

Google Books
Joke & Riddle Ballyhoo
By Jacqueline Horsfall
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2005
Pg. 75:
Why did the dog cross the road?
To get to the barking lot.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes:
Humour for the whole family

Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. ?:
Why did the dog cross the road?
To get to the barking lot.

Google Books
Happy Smile:
Jokes for Kids

By Adam Smith
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2017
Pg. ?:
Q: Where do you put barking dogs?
A: In a barking lot.

Google Books
Don’t forget to Flush:
A Bathroom Devotional for Kids

By Kevin Alton and Britta Alton
Minneapolis, MN: Sparkhouse Family
2017
Pg. 109:
Q: Why did the dog cross the road?
A: To get to the “barking” lot! 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 • Permalink