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 July 11, 2018
“Who is the strongest thief?"/"A shoplifter.”

A “shoplifter” lifts (steals) things from shops, but doesn’t actually lift the shops themselves. A riddle is:

Q: Who is the strongest thief?
A: A shoplifter.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1976.


Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 92:
Who is the strongest thief?
A shoplifter.

19 January 2001, Independent Record (Helena, MT), “Cryptoquip” word puzzle, pg. 4C, col. 5:
Yesterday’s Cryptoquip: WOULDN’T YOU AGREE THAT THE WORLD’S STRONGEST THIEF IS PLAINLY A SHOP LIFTER?

Google Groups: alt.religion.rabbet
Humor from the Net
Bill McCray
7/24/03
(...)
Who is the strongest thief?
A shoplifter.  (Lorraine A. Bellis)

YouTube
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Published on Jan 23, 2016
Who is the strongest thief?
A shoplifter.

Google Books
Dad Jokes:
Good, Clean Fun for All Ages!

By Jimmy Niro
Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.
2018
Pg. ?:
Q: Who is the strongest thief?
A: A shoplifter.

Google Books
Hilariously Lame Jokes!:
800 of the Best Worst Jokes That Get a Side-splitting Laugh!

By Harry Hilton
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2018
Pg. ?:
Who is the strongest thief?
A shoplifter.

Twitter
lorraine Jo King
@LahLahBean
#badjokethursday
Who is the strongest thief?
A shoplifter.
9:21 AM - 12 Jul 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 • Permalink