A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 07, 2020
“What would you find in Charles Dickens’ kitchen?"/"The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.”

A joke on the famous first line of the novel A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)—“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”—was printed in BuzzFeed on December 12, 2013:

Q: What would you find in Charles Dickens’ kitchen?
A: The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.


A slightly different version was posted on Twitter by Mad As A March Hare on December 19, 2013:

Q: What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack? 
A: The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.



Wikipedia: A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities is an 1859 historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution.
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Book the First: Recalled to Life
Dickens’ famous opening sentence introduces the universal approach of the book, the French Revolution, and the drama depicted within:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Twitter
Hannah Rose
@hanalyst
I want to write a narrative cookbook called “A Tale of Two Sautés.” First line: “It was the best of thymes, it was the worst of thymes...”
1:38 AM · Jul 30, 2010·Twitter Web Client

BuzzFeed
Dec 13, 2013
24 Hilarious Puns That Only English Nerds Will Understand
Go big or go Homer. Warning: These jokes are for a very Nietzsche audience.

by Rega Jha
BuzzFeed India Contributor
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3. What would you find in Charles Dickens’ kitchen?
The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.

Twitter
Pouting face
@bealimjoco_
What can you find in Charles Dickens’ kitchen? The best of thymes, the worst of thymes hehehehehehehe #beasleepnow
11:11 AM · Dec 14, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Leaf
@leafcafe_uk
What does Charles Dickens season his Christmas Turkey with?
The Best of thymes, the worst of thymes.
#literarycrackerjokes
4:50 AM · Dec 16, 2013·TweetDeck

Twitter
Mad As A March Hare
@twowitwowoo
What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack?  A: The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.  #crackerjokes
2:15 AM · Dec 19, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
The Great Northern
@GreatNorthernLM
Christmas Cracker joke of the day........... What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack?  The best of thymes, the worst of thymes
2:39 AM · Dec 19, 2013·Facebook

9 January 2014, The Sun (London, UK), pg. 30:
WHAT does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack? The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack? The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.
4:09 AM · Feb 13, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/PatmanC2000 August 1, 2018
What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack?
The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.

Scary Mommy
190 Hilarious Jokes For Kids That Adults Find Funny Too
by Dana Baardsen, Rachael Lubarsky and Dave Campanaro
September 7, 2019 Updated June 5, 2020
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126. What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack?
The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/HellsJuggernaut June 7, 2020
What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack ?
The best of thymes, the worst of thymes

Posted by Barry Popik
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