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 Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 26, 2020
“‘That wasn’t chicken.’ Worst fortune cookie ever”

A fortune cookie is usually eaten at the end of a meal. A jocular fortune cookie message, “That wasn’t chicken,” has been printed on many images.

“Funny magazine ad for Sauza tequila’s ‘Life is hard—Your tequila shouldn’t be.’ Shows a diner reading a fortune-cookie fortune: ‘That wasn’t chicken’” was printed in the Detroit (MI) Free Press on December 3, 1996.

“No, worst fortune cookie ever would have been ‘that wasn’t chicken/” was posted on Twitter by Micheal Lake on March 29, 2010. “Worst Fortune Cookie Fortune EVER: That Wasn’t Chicken......” was posted on Twitter by Lauren R-C on June 18, 2010.


8 July 1996, Advertising Age, “Sauza tequila ads portray more ‘harsh’ scenarios” by Todd Pruzan, pg. 29:
... fortune cookie bearing the message, “That wasn’t chicken.” .

Newspapers.com
3 December 1996, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Irritating vogue words are dying out! Not!” by Bob Talbert, pg. 7D, col. 6:
Funny magazine ad for Sauza tequila’s “Life is hard—Your tequila shouldn’t be.” Shows a diner reading a fortune-cookie fortune: “That wasn’t chicken.”

Google Groups: chi.eats
Fortune cookie comic…
U23...@uicvm.uic.edu
4/12/97
I like the one that shows an empty plate with a pair of chopsticks resting on it and in the foreground there’s a dude opening up a fortune cookie that SAYS:
-that wasn’t chicken.

Twitter
Micheal Lake
@drooiid
Replying to @LuriaPetrucci
@CaliLewis no, worst fortune cookie ever would have been “that wasn’t chicken.”
11:07 PM · Mar 29, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Lauren R-C
@MyMonsterHaus
Worst Fortune Cookie Fortune EVER: That Wasn’t Chicken......
12:59 AM · Jun 18, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
King
@BoucheDag2k
Uh oh. Opened a fortune cookie and the fortune read
“That wasn’t Chicken”
1:17 PM · Oct 12, 2010·Twitter Web Client

The Daily Meal
The 14 Funniest Fortune Cookie Fortunes Ever Found Slideshow
July 24, 2015
By Carlton Jared Lockett
(...)
Fortune 10
That wasn’t chicken.

Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
“That wasn’t chicken.”
Worst fortune cookie ever.
5:04 PM · Jul 20, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
QT@Anon
@QTAnon1
“That wasn’t chicken.”
Worst fortune cookie ever?
3:30 AM · Jan 23, 2020·Twitter Web App

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/Rav4xle June 27, 2020
“That wasn’t chicken.”
Worst fortune cookie ever. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, June 26, 2020 • Permalink