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 27, 2018
“Why shouldn’t you tell a secret in a cornfield?"/"Because the corn has ears.”

A corn riddle is:

Q: Why shouldn’t you tell a secret in a cornfield?
A: Because the corn has ears.


The corn pun is an old classic. “Tell not your secrets in a corn-field; it has thousands of ears” was printed in the New York (NY) Ledger on October 24, 1863.


24 October 1863, New York (NY) Ledger, “Wit and Wisdom,” pg. 3, col. 5: 
TELL not your secrets in a corn-field; it has thousands of ears.

28 January 1864, The Perry County Democrat (New Bloomfield, PA), pg. 2, col. 6:
Tell not your secrets in a corn-field; it has thousands of ears.

30 July 1868, The Youths’ Companion (Boston, MA), pg. 124, col. 3:
AN AGRICULTURAL CONUNDRUM. Why should a man never tell his secrets in a corn-field? Because it has so many ears.

4 September 1869, The Saturday Evening Post (Phlaldelphia, PA), pg. 6, col. 3:
Never tell your secrets in a cornfield, for it has a thousand ears.

Google Books
15 July 1870, To the Stranger in the Tyrol, pg. 11:
Never tell your secrets in a cornfield, for it has a thousand ears.

Google Books
Encyclopedia of Wit and Wisdom:
A Collection of Over Nine Thousand Anecdotes

BY Henry Hupfeld
Philadelphia, PA: David McKay, Publisher
1897 (Originally published 1877)
Pg. 232:
WHY should a man never tell his secrets in a corn-field ? Because it has so many ears.

Google Books
American Proverbs:
A Study of Texts and Contexts

By Wolfgang Mieder
Berlin, Germany: P. Lang
1989
Pg. 94:
Never tell a secret in the cornfield ‘cause the corns got ears.

Google Books
Happy Smile:
Jokes for Kids

By Adam Smith
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2017
Pg. ?:
Q: Why should you never tell a secret in a corn field?
A: Because there are too many ears.

Twitter
On Reflection‏
@onreflectweets
Where should you never tell a secret?
Near a cornfield. There are ears everywhere.
@edfringe #BadJokeFriday #NationalPopcornDay
9:02 AM - 19 Jan 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, January 27, 2018 • Permalink