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 October 07, 2020
“Why did the one-handed man cross the road?"/"He wanted to go to a second hand store.”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. A one-handed man version is:

Q: Why did the one-handed man cross the road?
A: He wanted to go to a second hand store.


The joke was printed in The Little Giant Book of Riddles (1996) by Joseph Rosenbloom. 


Google Books
The Little Giant Book of Riddles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1996
Pg. 279:
Why did the one-handed man cross the road?
To get to the second-hand shop.

Newspapers.com
10 January 2000, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Yak Yuks,” children’s sec., pg. 2, col. 2:
Why did the one-handed man cross the road?
To get to the second-hand shop.

Google Groups: freeserve.chat
just as bad as the worst joke in the world!
Mik Roberts
Nov 20, 2000, 3:00:00 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! good one!
why did the one handed man cross the road?
to get to the secong hand shop!

Google Books
Man Walks into a Bar:
Over 6,000 of the Most Hilarious Jokes, Funniest Insults, and Gut-busting One-liners

By Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2007
Pg. ?:
Why did the one-handed man cross the road? To get to the second-hand shop.

Google Books
Just Jokes:
A Collection of Kids Jokes

By Phyllis Agles-Johnson
Raleigh, NC: Lulu Publishing
2010
Pg. 43:
Q. Why did the one-handed man cross the road?
A. To get to the second-hand shop!

Google Books
Zane and the Hurricane
By Rodman Philbrick
New York, NY: The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
2014
Pg. ?:
“Why the one-handed man cross the street? He want to go to a secondhand store!”

Reddit—Cleanjokes
Posted by u/familiarfloor6 October 3, 2020
Why did the one handed man cross the street
To get to the second hand shop

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Wednesday, October 07, 2020 • Permalink