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 January 05, 2021
“What’s the difference between a camera and a sock?"/"One takes photos, the other takes 5 toes.”

A camera riddle is:

Q: What’s the difference between a camera and a sock?
A: A camera takes photos and a sock takes 5 toes.


“Photos” sounds like “fo’ toes” (4 toes). The riddle has been cited in print since at least 2005.


12 July 2005, Northern Echo (Darlington, UK), “Auld Reekie plays host to the Gibson clan” by Mike Amos, pg. 21:
Amos, Mike.Northern Echo; Darlington (UK) [Darlington (UK)]12 July 2005: 21.
What was the capital of Outer Mongolia - he knew - what was the difference between a camera and a spare sock ("One takes photos, the other five toes"), would he ever again become involved with a football club?

Twitter
goodlife-greenspace
@goodlifegrspc
whats the differance between a camera and a sock???A camera takes photos and a sock takes 5 toes…
9:27 AM · Dec 28, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
goodlife-greenspace
@goodlifegrspc
whats the differance between a camera and a sock???A camera takes photos and a sock takes 5 toes…
11:15 PM · Feb 20, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
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@captainkirt
A Yorkshire Joke! Wots the difference between a Sock and a Camera?
A sock takes FIVE toes, an a camera takes FOURTOES!
5:39 AM · May 23, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Rusty_A_Shackleford July 17, 2014
What is the difference between a sock and a camera?
A sock takes five toes and a camera takes photos.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Luckyaussiebob July 22, 2015
What is the difference between a camera and a sock?
One holds photos
The other holds five

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/MavGore November 26, 2016
What’s the difference between a sock and a camera?
A camera takes photos and a sock takes five toes.

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
What’s the difference between a sock and a camera? One takes five toes while the other takes photos.
12:52 PM · Nov 23, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/definitelymaybe98 July 27, 2018
What’s the difference between a camera and a sock?
A camera takes photos and a sock takes five toes.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Brizzo7 December 28, 2019
What’s the difference between a camera and a sock?
One takes photos, the other takes five toes!

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Esquire1114 January 5, 2021
What’s the difference between a camera and a sock?
A camera takes photos A sock takes 5 toes

Posted by Barry Popik
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