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 Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 27, 2020
“You are not illiterate” (fortune cookie message)

A jocular fortune cookie message, “You are not illiterate,” has been printed on many images. Many people consider it the worst fortune cookie ever, because who wants to read that one can read?

The “You are not illiterate” fortune cookie message was printed in the Buffalo (NY) News on December 22, 2006.

22 December 2006, Buffalo (NY) News, “Cheap Eats,” pg. G3:
...were the usual wise sayings, mine said, “You are not illiterate.”

Will Lurie
my favorite fortune cookie? “you are not illiterate”
2:31 PM · Dec 9, 2008·Twitter Web Client

FortuneKookie Crew
Aside from a blank piece of fortune paper, this one “You are not illiterate.” RT: What is the worst fortune you ever got?
1:00 PM · May 8, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Brian Hurley
“You are not illiterate.”—fortune cookie from Green Apple Books
12:12 PM · Feb 17, 2014·TweetDeck

The Daily Meal
The 14 Funniest Fortune Cookie Fortunes Ever Found Slideshow
July 24, 2015
By Carlton Jared Lockett
Fortune 9
You are not illiterate.

What a terrible fortune cookie: “you are not illiterate.” No shit!!! Ridiculous!  #badfortune #fortunecookie
1:24 PM · Jun 16, 2017·Twitter for Android

Katelynn Watkins
Best (worst?) fortune cookie fortune ever: “You are not illiterate.” Go figure #WednesdayWisdom #writelikeaboss #literacyforthewin
5:38 PM · Jun 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, June 27, 2020 • Permalink