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 October 07, 2012
“The Roman numerals for forty (40) are XL” (i.e., weight gain at 40 makes one Xtra Large)

Many people get fat when they are in their forties. “Fat, fair and forty” is a British satirical print from 1786.
 
“Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are ‘XL’” (that is, people who turn 40 years of age gain weight and become “extra large”) has been on several Internet lists since at least 2003. The authorship of the saying is unknown.
   
Other Roman numerals jokes include “I failed my math exam. I couldn’t write 1, 1000, 51, 6, and 500 as Roman numerals. IM LIVID,” “I, for one, like Roman numerals,” “I struggle with Roman numerals until I get to 159. Then it just CLIX,” “I went to a Roman bathroom on the 6th floor. Yes, it was the VI P room,” “Roman numerals to be phased out - not on my watch” and “The cost of joining the Roman Numeral Society was exactly $499. I didn’t have ID.”
   
   
Sportsbike Forums
Did you ever know??????????????????
Ninjaslayer
06-30-2003, 10:40 AM
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14. Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are “XL”
     
RunningForums.com
Floridaboiler
Posted: 07/03/03 - 19:16
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14. Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are “XL”
 
able2know
BumbleBeeBoogie
Sun 23 Nov, 2003 12:23 am
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15. Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are “XL”.
   
Crosswalk.com
Words of Wisdom
Sunday, September 19, 2004
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14. Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are “XL”
   
Google Books
The Meaning of Larf:
A Wealth of Wit, Wisdom and Weally Silly Words

By Philip Bradbury
Bradbury Corporation (bradburycorp.info)
2010
Pg. 58:
Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.
   
Google Books
Great Funny Quotes
By David Young
Round Rock, TX: Wind Runner Press
2011
Pg. 14:
Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty are XL. — Anonymous
   
Amazon.co.uk
Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty are “XL”. - Funny Printed Coffee Mug [BLK4300]
by Mugz Game
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Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sep 2011

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, October 07, 2012 • Permalink


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