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 November 03, 2017
“Why was the elevator mad?"/"Everyone was pushing its buttons.”

The expression “push someone’s buttons” has been used in an elevator joke. “Why was the elevator so cranky? Because everyone was always pushing its buttons” was posted on Twitter on February 17, 2011. “Why did the elevator get mad at the bellhop?  He kept pushing his buttons” was posted on Twitter on March 22, 2011.


Wiktionary: push someone’s buttons
Verb
push someone’s buttons
(third-person singular simple present pushes someone’s buttons, present participle pushing someone’s buttons, simple past and past participle pushed someone’s buttons)
1. (informal) To do specific things to anger someone (less commonly, sexually arouse or otherwise elicit a strong reaction), especially intentionally or maliciously.

Twitter
Gosh Jobble‏
@joshgobble
Why was the elevator so cranky?
Because everyone was always pushing its buttons.
I’m seriously the funniest person I know.
11:40 PM - 17 Feb 2011

Twitter
Obvi Jokes‏
@ObviJokes
Why did the elevator get mad at the bellhop?  He kept pushing his buttons.
11:17 PM - 22 Mar 2011

Twitter
John Parker‏
@jigga_JP_orJohn
“@LaetusDomina: Why did the elevator just scream at me o no” stop pushin her buttons
12:28 PM - 10 Feb 2012

Twitter
Obvi Jokes‏
@ObviJokes
Why did the elevator get mad? Everyone was pushing its buttons. Obvi.
6:49 PM - 11 Apr 2012

Reddit—Jokes
Why did the elevator take antidepressants?
submitted May 27, 2013 by BatmansMom
It was feeling down
COMMENTS
CAN_ZIGZAG
Cuz people kept pushing its buttons!!

Twitter
sangeetha 🌻‏
@sangeethaaa_
Why was the elevator depressed? Because everyone always pushed its buttons.... — hahha good joke! http://ask.fm/a/6a6he58n
9:00 AM - 15 Sep 2013

Twitter
ABasarkod‏
@whisky_devil
Why did the elevator quit its job? Because it was tired of people pushing its buttons.
6:45 AM - 31 Oct 2014

Twitter
Jenna Carey‏
@Jennabanenna22
Why was the elevator so sad?
Because everyone kept pushing his buttons.
2:07 AM - 4 Nov 2014

Twitter
Abbi Dixon‏
@abijahdixon1
Why did the elevator get angry? It was tired of everyone pushing its buttons! #DumbJoke of the day thought up of while on the elelevator.
8:57 PM - 1 Sep 2016

Reddit—3amjokes
Why did the elevator start beeping loudly? self.3amjokes
Submitted November 3, 2017 by No-Spoilers
You pushed it’s buttons

Posted by Barry Popik
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