A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 23, 2017
“Why do bees have sticky hair?"/"Because they use honeycombs.”

A riddle about honey is:

Q: Why do bees have sticky hair?
A: Because they use honeycombs.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1978, and has been printed on several images.


Google Books
The Crack-a-Joke Book
Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books
1978
Pg. 156:
Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they have honey combs.

7 January 1994, The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), “Just For Laughs,” Weekend Entertainment Guide, pg. 11, col. 1:
Q. Why do bees have sticky hair?
A. Because they use honeycombs.
Susan Goines, age 6
Wilmington


11 November 1994, The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 4, col. 2:
WHY DO BEES HAVE STICKY HAIR?
BECAUSE THEY USE HONEYCOMBS!
(sent in by Kelsey Griffin)

Google Books
The Little Giant Book of Riddles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1996
Pg. 244:
Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because there’s honey on their combs.

10 November 1997, Pine Bluff (AR) Commercial, “A Little Bit of Humor,” The Bubble Gum Weekly, pg. 4B, col. 3:
Tracie: Why do bees have sticky hair?
Alec: Because they use honeycombs.

21 February 1998, Evening Mail (Birmingham, UK), “Rambling: A turn in the road,” pg. 18:
Why do bees have sticky hair?
They use a honey comb!

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 03/22/02
Stan Kegel
3/23/02
(...)
Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they always use honeycombs (Richard Lederer and James Ertner)

Twitter
Sol‏
@sdlieb
Joke of the Day: Why do bees have sticky hair?—They use honeycombs. So funny....makes me hungry for cereal
8:46 AM - 27 Apr 2009

Google Books
Ultimate Book of Jokes:
The Essential Collection of More Than 1,500 Jokes

By Scott McNeely
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
2011
Pg. ?:
Q: Why do bees have sticky hair?
A: Because they use honeycombs.

Google Books
Best Jokes Ever:
Jokes for Kids

By Chantelle Grace
Racine, WA: BroadStreet Kids
2017
Pg. ?:
Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they have honeycombs.

Reddit—3amjokes
Why do bees have sticky hair? self.3amjokes
Submitted September 24, 2017 by mutantbabysnort
They use honeycombs!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, September 23, 2017 • Permalink