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 April 07, 2020
“Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan?"/"Because it has lost its pop.”

A champagne riddle is:

Q: Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan?
A: Because it has lost its pop


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1870.


Google Books
The “Hokey Pokey” Joke Book
New York, NY: Robert M. De Witt
1870
Pg. 5:
“Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan’!’ Because it has lost its ‘pop.’“

Newspapers.com
17 July 1870, Detroit (MI) Free Press, pg. 3, col. 3:
There out to be a statute making it a State prison offense for a man to get off such a conundrum as this—it is simply diabolical: “Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan? Because it has lost its ‘pop’.”

Twitter
the cooler snaa
@sushisaihara
Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan?
Because it lost its pop.
6:24 PM · Nov 1, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Olivia
@_palicki_
A joke from an 1870’s joke book: “Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan? Because it’s lost it’s ‘pop’”
6:38 PM · Apr 5, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—DarkestJoke
Posted byu/InfectedDoor June 29, 2018
Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan?
Because it’s lost it’s pop

Reddit—Jokes
Posted byu/NOODLD
14 hours ago
Why is an empty champagne bottle like an orphan?
Because it has lost its pops

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, April 07, 2020 • Permalink