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 December 04, 2017
“Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table?"/"She was on a crash diet.”

A riddle about a “crash” diet (an extreme diet) is:

Q: Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table?
A: She was on a crash diet.


Forms of the riddle have been cited in print since at least 1998 and 2004.


23 November 1998, Sacramento (CA) Bee, “Serve Up the Jokes” by Alison Roberts, pg. C2:
Why did the man wear a helmet to the Thanksgiving table? Because he was on a crash diet.

12 December 2004, Sunday Telegraph (Surry Hills, New South Wales), “The Funday Telegraph” by Matt Frilingos, pg. S18:
Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table?
She was on a crash diet.

Google Books
A Recipe for Success:
Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook

By Bob Kann
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
2007
Pg. 90:
Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table?
She was on a crash diet.

Twitter
CircusMagic‏
@CircusMagic
Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table? - She was on a crash diet.
1:03 PM - 14 Jun 2009

Twitter
Antonee‏
@AntBee82
soooo um....I’m kinda bored....Why did the lady wear a helmet to dinner? she was on a crash diet! LOL hahahahaaa
9:26 PM - 24 Aug 2009

Google Books
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
By Rob Elliott
Grand Rapids, MI: Revell
2010
Pg. 36:
Q: Why did the lady wear a helmet every time she ate?
A: She was on a crash diet.

Explain the Joke
Dangerous Diet!
Posted on May 22, 2014 by stfleming
Q: Why did the lady wear a helmet every time she ate?
A: She was on a crash diet!

Explanation: A crash diet is a diet where a person loses a lot of weight in a short amount of time: lose weight fast.  A helmet is protection for your head when you are playing a sport or working.

Google Books
DC Super Heroes School Jokes
By Michael Dahl and Donald Lemke
North Mankato, MN: Capstone Young Readers
2018
Pg. 54:
Why did The Flash wear a helmet in the school lunchroom?
He was on a crash diet! 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, December 04, 2017 • Permalink