Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 20:18:03 -0700
From: Bill King
Subject: Re: ADS-L Digest - 9 Apr 1998 to 10 Apr 1998

Yongwei Gao
Fudan University,
Shanghai, China asked
Is New York also known as Big Bagel? What's the origin? Thanks.

The substitution of bagel for apple in "the Big Apple" is a joke based
on NYC having a huge Jewish population. The bagel, a boiled risen
circular breadstuff looking like a big doughnut, is Jewish (even if
baked, frozen, and sold with cafe latte in Phoenix). NY City has the
largest Jewish population of any city in the world, I think, unless I'm
just one messhuggah ex-non-native New Yorker.

Bill King Elk Grove, CA