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 Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 22, 2005
CHUD (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers)
C.H.U.D. was a 1984 movie about the "cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers" of New York City. The term "chud" is still sometimes used.

chud - Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. Used as a general insult for large groups of people. Also used in "The Simpsons" when Marge told Homer, "Can't judge New York on its pimps and chuds."

e.g., This casino is starting to annoy me. The chuds don't walk fast enough and keep elbowing me.

submitted by chuddy mcchuderson - (www)

Plot Summary for
C.H.U.D. (1984)
A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers. A courageous policeman, a photo journalist and his girlfriend, and a nutty bum, who seems to know a lot about the creatures, band together to try and determine what the creatures are and how to stop them.

The Meaning of C.H.U.D.
Parnell Hall came up with the alternate meaning of C.H.U.D. because he felt that the original meaning (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) was just too comic and that it doesn't give us a real villain except to say that these poor souls who lived under the city mutated into monsters who ate people. If we could make the real villain everybody's favorite -- The government, then we could up the ante later in the film after we already "knew" what C.H.U.D. stands for.

26 August 1984, Chicago Tribune, pg. L30 ad:
A recent article in a New York newspaper reported that there were large colonies of people living under the city...

The paper was incorrect. What is living under the city is not human.

C.H.U.D. is under the city.

(Cannibalistic. Humanoid. Underground. Dwellers.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Workers/People • Wednesday, June 22, 2005 • Permalink

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