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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from February 28, 2021
“Why does lightning shock people?"/"Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.”

A lightning riddle is:

Q: Why does lightning shock people?
A: Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.


Lightning conducts electricity. The joke was printed in many newspapers in November 1966 in the syndicated “Riddle Box” feature.


Newspapers.com
20 November 1966, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “Riddle Box,” sec. 8, pg. 6, col. 1:
Why does lightning shock people?
Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.

Google Books
Jokes, Puns, and Riddles
BY David Allen Clark
Illustrated by Lionel Kalish
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1968
Pg. 164:
Question: Why does lightning shock people?
Answer: Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.

Google Groups: alt.support.ataxia
One-liners, good and bad…
Michel Beaudet
Apr 8, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Why does lightning shock people? Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.

Google Groups: rec.humor
RIDDLES (Part 1)
Nancy Carson
Feb 12, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Why does lightning shock people?
Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.

Twitter
Stephen Spillane (He/Him)
@spiller2
Why does lightning shock people? Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself #doylejoke wink
6:23 AM · Aug 5, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Steven Winterburn
@5tevenw
Why does lightning shock people? Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.
4:01 AM · Jan 30, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
Best Ever Classroom Jokes:
Because some of us never grow up

By Mike Haskins
London, UK: Pavilion Books
2015
Pg. ?:
Why does lightning shock people?
Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.

Twitter
~Thonia
@Abiso_la
Why does lightning shock people?
Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.
3:37 PM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
GNolan
@GNolan01
Why does lightning shock people? Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.
3:51 PM · Mar 1, 2021·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Sunday, February 28, 2021 • Permalink