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 September 18, 2018
“Why did the dog sit in the shade?"/"Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog.”

A hot dog riddle is:

Q: Why did the dog sit in the shade?
A: Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog.


The hot dog joke has been cited in print since at least 2001.


6 June 2001, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Kid’s Corner,” pg. E10, right masthead:
Question: Why did the dog sit in the shade?
Answer: Because he did not want to be a hot dog.—SAVANNAH LACEY, 6, OVIEDO

4 September 2001, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), “Riddle me this, young scholars” by Tom Feran, pg. E1:
She wondered, did the dog stay in the shade? Because it didn’t want to be a hot dog.

11 July 2006, Liverpool (UK) Echo, “Your Jokes,” pg. 18:
Why did the dog stay in the shade?
It didn’t want to be a hot dog.

Twitter
Cheri
@_writersblock_
@JoeyMcIntyre How about a joke? Why did the dog sit in the shade? Cause he didnt want to be a hotdog...ppppffffffhihihihihihi
7:33 PM - 10 Apr 2009

Twitter
Cheri
@_writersblock_
@joeymcintyre why did the dog sit int he shade? Because he didnt want to be a HOT DOG...... these are jokes my 6 yr old tells… lol
1:49 PM - 23 Jun 2009

YouTube
Jokes - Why did the dog sit in the shade? Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog!
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Published on Oct 2, 2015
Joke :
Why did the dog sit in the shade? Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog!

Reddit—Jokes
Why did the dog sit in the shade?
submitted November 1, 2017 by Slats7
It didn’t want to be a hot dog.

Twitter
lorraine Jo King
@LahLahBean
#wednesdaywit
Why did the dog sit in the shade?
Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog!
3:12 AM - 19 Sep 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 • Permalink