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 20, 2017
“What looks like half of an apple?”/“The other half.”

A cheese riddle was published in an 1869 newspaper:
 
Q: What looks like half a cheese?
A: The other half.

 
An apple version was published in a 1909 newspaper:
 
Q: What looks like half of an apple?
A: Why the other half, to be sure,

   
There have been non-food versions of the riddle as well, although the apple version is the most popular.
 
   
30 May 1869, The Daily Milwaukee News (Milwaukee, WI), “Fact, Fun and Sentiment,” pg. 4, col. 6:
What looks like half a cheese? The other half.
       
16 July 1909, The Alta Vista Journal (Alma, KS), “Round Grove Chips,” pg. 8, col. 3:
What looks like half of an apple? Why the other half, to be sure,
 
22 October 1961, Boston (MA) Sunday Herald, “Riddles,” sec. 2, pg. 6, cols. 5, 8:
What looks like half of an apple?
The other half.
   
Google Books
The Nutty Joke Book
By Charles Keller
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
1978
Pg. ?:
What looks like half a peanut?
The other half.
 
Google Books
Over 1500 Fantastic Jokes
By Guy Campbell and Paul Moran
London, UK: Dean
2002
Pg. 46:
What looks like half a cat?
The other half!
 
Twitter
Lauren Smith‏
@MsIB
Before I go ~ What looks like half apple?
The other half ~ Smile & U will have a good day!
6:09 AM - 22 Apr 2009
 
Google Books
The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words
By Andy Seed  
London, UK: BLoomsbury Publishing Plc
2015
Pg. 4:
What looks like half a camel?
The other half.
 
Google Books
Belly Laugh Riddles and Puns for Kids:
350 Hilarious Riddles and Puns

By Sky Pony Editors
New York, NY: Sky Pony press
2016
Pg. ?:
Q: What looks like half of an apple?
A: The other half.
 
Urban Dictionary
what looks like half an apple
the other half
Bro: Yo what looks like half an apple
Homie: Yeah dawg
Bro: Aight man, the other half homes

by ZROSENEDI May 12, 2016
     
Reddit—Jokes
What looks like half an apple?
submitted March 31, 2017 by stfuWeirdo
The other half
 
Twitter
Laffy Taffy Jokes‏
@LaffyTaffyBot
What looks like half an apple? - The other half.
11:30 AM - 15 Jun 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, October 20, 2017 • Permalink


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