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.

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Entry from April 26, 2018
“When doesn’t a telephone work underwater?"/"When it’s wringing wet.”

Cell phones often don’t work when they get wet. A telephone riddle is:

Q: When doesn’t a telephone work underwater?
A: When it’s wringing wet.


The “ringing"/"wringing" pun has been cited in print since at least 2007.


Funny Jokes Live
Category: Telephone jokes
Date Added: 11/10/2007
Joke: When doesnt a telephone work underwater? When its wringing wet!

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Bollywood Sargam
@bollywoodsargam
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5:22 PM - 4 Aug 2009

26 September 2010, The Sunday Mail (Adelaide, Australia), “Holiday Fun Guide Giggles,” pg. 3:
Q When doesn’t a telephone work underwater?
A When it’s wringing wet!

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes:
Humour for the whole family

By Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. ?:
When doesn’t a telephone work underwater?
When it’s wringing wet.

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Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
Pg. ?:
When doesn’t a telephone work underwater? When it’s wringing wet!

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When doesn’t a telephone work
underwater?
When it’s wringing wet!
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11:59 PM - 26 Apr 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Thursday, April 26, 2018 • Permalink