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 30, 2018
“Why do fish swim in schools?"/"Because they can’t walk in schools.”

A school riddle is:

Q: Why do fish swim in schools?
A: Because they can’t walk in schools.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2004. when it was printed on a Laffy Taffy wrapper.


comoonplacebook.com
Laffy Taffy Jokes (the worst jokes in the world)
Posted on February 18, 2004 by Hawthorn Mineart
(...)
Why do fish swim in schools? — Because they can’t walk in schools.

Mastermelanie
LAFFY TAFFY
monday, 19 july, 2004 23:20 MAT
(...)
Q: why do fish swim in schools?
A: because they can’t walk in schools.

Twitter
Lora B‏
@Lora
laffytaffy wrapper joke: why do fish swim in schools?  because they can’t walk in schools.  Who writes this stuff?
9:19 AM - 28 Feb 2008

Google Books
March 2009, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 55, col. 3:
Jaylun: Why do fish swim in schools?
Ray: I don’t know.
Jaylun: Because they can’t walk!
Jaylun Robinson, Greensboro, N.C.

Google Books
Just Jokes a Collection of Kids Jokes
By Phyllis Agles-Johnson
Raleigh, NC: LULU Publishing
2010
Pg. 71:
Q. Why do fish swim in schools?
A. Because they can’t WALK in schools!

Facebook
Interskate South
September 1, 2015 ·
Laffy Taffy Joke of the Day: Why do fish swim in schools?
Because they can’t walk in schools.

Twitter
dad jokes‏
@dadtellsjokes
Why do fish swim in schools? Because they can’t walk in schools.
7:15 PM - 30 Jan 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 • Permalink