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 26, 2017
“What do you say when your pea rolls away?”/“It’s an escape-pea!”

Peas tend to roll of plates. A riddle is:
 
Q: What do you say when your pea rolls away?
A: “It’s an escape-pea!”

 
The “escape-pea” pea pun has been cited in print since at least 1999. “I just pead on the table” is another pea saying.
       
 
Google Groups: soc.sexuality.spanking
“Food mortification?”
NYIrishRed
4/14/99
In article <3712BCD2…@newsguy.com>, Molly B

writes:
>Now, as for me, I thought it referred to when you do extremely
>funny stuff like put a “round green item taken from a pod” on
>the table and then call the wait person over, point to said
>green sphere, and complain vociferously about the “pea on the
>table.”
 
Or… as in my own family…. the round green sphere on the table (or under it) becomes an “escape-pea”.
       
Twitter
Josie George‏
@porridgebrain
@dottymummy Haha we say “Escape-pea!!” x
4:00 PM - 22 Nov 2009
 
Twitter
Andy Steele‏
@STEELY2600
http://twitpic.com/xj8dg - went out for a meal last night with @shazzybabez ...... Can you spot the escape-pea from the meal
10:31 AM - 10 Jan 2010
 
Twitter
Jeffrey Bouley‏
@thedeaconblue
Replying to @kidamon
@kidamon I so deserved that punny retort (side note: My dad’s favorite pun, whenever a pea would roll off his plate: Look, an escape-pea!)
10:01 AM - 21 Dec 2010
 
Twitter
Alix Dalton‏
@alixdalton
My dad is the funniest guy. If a pea rolls off a plate he always says..‘oo its an escape-pea’ har har har
1:25 PM - 16 Jun 2013
 
Twitter
Smallishbeans‏
@Smallishbeans
A pea fell off my sisters plate during dinner.. She said ‘Hey up, looks like we have an Escape-pea’ Never been so proud.
4:59 PM - 15 Oct 2013
 
Reddit—Jokes
While cooking dinner this happened.
submitted August 29, 2014 by Axelore
I was making stir fry and opened a bag of peas. One pea gets lose and rolls off the counter. It was like slow motion as I watched it hit floor and roll under the stove. I turned to my wife who also witnessed the incident and said: “We have an escape pea.” ...got a laugh
 
Twitter
Shoddy Anonymity‏
@illuminatedpast
A pea rolled off my plate at dinner - it was an escape-pea. Ahahaha #sober
11:04 PM - 9 May 2017
 
Reddit—Dad Jokes
What do you say when your pea rolls away? (self.dadjokes)
submitted June 4, 2017 by JustaLNA
It’s an escape-pea!
 
Twitter
Dad Jokes‏
@GoodOldDadJokes
What do you say when your pea rolls away?
It’s an escape-pea!
#IBetYouDidntThink #dadjokes
12:00 PM - 4 Jun 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, June 26, 2017 • Permalink


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