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 June 15, 2019
“Which way did the programmer go?"/"He went data way!”

A riddle has been printed on many images:

Q: Which way did the programmer go?
A: He went data way.


A version of the joke was printed in Boys’ Life magazine in May 1975.


Google Books
May 1975, Boiys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 65, col. 3:
Sheriff, to rancher: Quick—did you see which way that computer programmer went?
Rancher: He went data way l— Gary Spangler, Millersville, Md.

Google Books
The Gigantic Joke Book
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1978
Pg. 39:
Sheriff to Cowboy: Quick—did you see which way the computer programmer went?
Cowboy: He went data way!

18 May 1985. (Windsor, ON), “Joke of the Week,” pg. E6, col. 3:
Q.: Which way did the computer programmer go?
A.: He went data way.
By Christie Stitzinger
Age 9, Essex

2 June 1985, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kidsday sec., pg. 1, col. 3:
Which way did the computer programmer go?
He went data way.
-- Michael Ferrera, North Babylon

Google Groups: it.discussioni.folli
Sign on a mainframe
Al
9/11/98
Beware of computer - it bytes.

Which way did the programmer go?
He went data way.

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

By Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. ?:
Which way did the programmer go?
He went data way.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Erektshunz October 28, 2016
Which way did the programmer go?
He went data way.

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December 23, 2016 ·
Which way did the programmer go?
He went data way!

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Dad Jokes
June 2, 2018 ·
Which way did the programmer go?
He went data way!

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/danielsoft1 June 14, 2019
Where did this programmer go?
He went data way.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Saturday, June 15, 2019 • Permalink