A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 27, 2018
“Why was the student’s report card wet?"/"Because his grades were below C-level.”

A report card riddle is:

Q: Why was the student’s report card wet?
A: Because his grades were below C level.


The “C level” (sea level) joke was printed in several newspapers in 1973.


30 April 1973, Miami (FL) News, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. Why was the boy’s report card wet?
A. Because all his grades were below C level.
-- Robbie Dekle, age 9, Palm Springs

8 July 1974, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Father: Why is your report card wet?
Son: It’s below sea level.
Judi Sherbondy (Greenville, Pa.)

29 October 2003, Los Angeles (CA) Times, :The Kids’ Reading Room; Jokes & Riddles,” pg. E17, col. 3:
Why was the student’s report card wet?
Because his grades were below C level.
Aniqa, 9
Grant Elementary, Los Angeles


Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 10-31-03 Part 2 The Rest of the Puns
Stan Kegel
11/1/03
(...)
Why was the student’s report card wet?
Because his grades were below C level (Aniqa, 9)

Twitter
eh.
@Shark_Bait10
Why was the students report card wet?
Because his grades we’re below c-level
12:59 PM - 24 Oct 2013

Twitter
Lexi Stewart
@red_pedestrian
“Why was the student’s report card wet?” “Because his grades were below C-level.” #laffytaffyjokes
10:51 AM - 31 Oct 2013

Google Books
What a Joke!:
For Kids of All Ages

By Marlize Schmidt
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2014
Pg. ?:
Q: Why was the student’s report card wet?
A: It was below C level.

Twitter
Finn Rose
@muFinnmanRose
Why was the students report card wet?
Because his grades were below C-level.
Hahaha. Pls someone get me food, stuck eating laffy taffy.
1:12 PM - 3 May 2014

Reddit—Teenagers
Why was the students report card wet? (self.teenagers)
submitted February 7, 2018 by HarvMan5317
It was well below C Level

Reddit—Jokes
Why was the students report card wet?
submitted April 19, 2018 by _Jordee123_
It was below C level!

Reddit—Cleanjokes
Why was the student’s report card wet? (self.cleanjokes)
submitted June 28, 2018 by madazzahatter
It was below C level!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 • Permalink