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 May 28, 2016
“I saw a sign that said ‘Watch for children’” (joke)

A popular joke about a certain street sign is:
 
“I saw a sign that said ‘Watch for children’ and I thought, ‘That sounds like a fair trade.’”
 
“‘Watch for Children’  (not a fair trade, IMO)” was cited in the newsgroup misc.writing in 2002. New York City-born comedian Demetri Martin has popularized the joke since 2006.
 
“I got a bottle of scotch for my wife…” is a similar joke.
   
   
Wikipedia: Demetri Martin
Demetri Evan Martin (born May 25, 1973) is an American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. He is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on The Daily Show, and his Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin.
   
Google Groups: misc.writing
Domestic Violence Coordinator
Wendy Chatley Green
12/17/02
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“Watch for Children”  (not a fair trade, IMO)
   
LaughSpin
Demetri Martin: These Are Jokes
By Dylan P. Gadino | September 19, 2006 at 9:31 am
It’s clear, if not from the name of his album alone then from the amazingly economical language in his bits, that Demetri Martin is a simple, unassuming man concerned with one thing: telling jokes.
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“I saw a sign that said, ‘Watch for children.’ I was like, ‘That sounds like a fair trade — especially if they’re crappy kids.’”
 
Twitter
jackson58
‏@jackson58
I saw a sign that said watch for children thought that was a pretty good trade?
3:05 PM - 19 Aug 2008
 
Twitter
Jeremy Cruz
‏@jermchoco
I saw a sign that said “watch for children”...i thought…that sounds like a fair trade.
9:52 PM - 12 Feb 2009
 
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pmilkman
‏@PMilkman
@coordt Reminds me of a Demetri Martin bit: ‘I saw a sign in a park that said ‘Watch for children’, and I thought that was a fair trade.’
9:33 PM - 16 Mar 2009
 
reddit
I saw a sign that said “Watch for Children”
submitted January 18, 2015 by wohdude
and thought to myself, “Sounds like a fair trade.”
 
reddit
I saw a sign that said “watch for children” and I thought, “That sounds like a fair trade.”
submitted December 6, 2015 by mack3r

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