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October 23, 2006


...is observed with special rigor when the person involved is deceased.

(Thanks to Mike Zlotnick)


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As in "rigor mortis?"

John - teehee!

His will requests that he be shot into space.

Wyo!! you shoulda sent that OTHER funny dead guy's name!

I guess we know what he'll be buried in.

After the Japanese surrender, Pine-Coffin went to Pakistan to look for his father... Richard (Dick) Maple-Coffin...

John Pine-Coffin married, in 1952, Susan Bennett, who survives him with their son and two daughters.

... all of whom, oddly enough, have chosen Bennett as their surname.

From the story
. . . .
A series of staff appointments followed. In 1963 he was in Nassau when he was ordered to investigate a party of Cuban exiles that had infiltrated Andros Island, part of the Bahamas. His seaplane landed in thick mud and Pine-Coffin decided that his only chance of reaching dry land was to strip off.

On coming ashore, plastered in mud and wearing only a red beret and a pair of flippers, he was confronted by a party of armed Cubans. Mustering as much authority as he could in the circumstances, he informed the group that they were trespassing on British sovereign territory and were surrounded.

The following morning, when the Royal Marines arrived to rescue him they were astonished to find him and his radio operator in a clearing standing guard over the Cubans and a pile of surrendered weapons. He was appointed OBE.

You have to know that someone cracked a comment to the queen about where she should hang the award after she knighted him.

What was the name of the Hotel? Inn Pine-Coffin? Bet the tourists couldn't wait to get boexed into that one.

Sioux, I was thinkin' just that, but I'm still not sure I'd want to risk offence to Richard Oscar Meyer's family.

ISIANMTU, and Sioux will vouch for the authenticity.

I got yer back Wyo!!! you shoulda sent it!

The worst part was probably growing up with a hypenated last name. Completely off topic, but guys with hypenated last names generally like fruity shampoos too. NTTAWWT

Guys like Pine-Coffin built the Empire. If they survived the school playground with names like that, they could survive anything.

OK, ya don't have to take my word for it.

May God forgive me.

*will NOT make fun of Richard "Dick" Oscar Meyer Weiner* NOPE!!

*kneels & prays* don't strike me Lord!

those whacky brits!

I'm not sure it's safe to be making fun of Mr. Pine-Coffin yet. Are we sure he's really dead?

When's Boxing Day in England?

This has to be a pitch for a Monty Python episode!

No it isn't.

DING! Good morning!

That's LEFtenant colonel Pine-Coffin, not LOOtenant colonel.

He served in all three gangs of the Paras, eh ... sounds like a tough dude ...

I wonder if he (John) was related to Richard...


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