Friday, October 09, 2009

The mother of all puns

I am currently planning ahead on my 8th grade lesson plans as much as I can, so during my prep period today, I was brushing up on the War of 1812. The biggest battle of that war - the Battle of New Orleans - took place a couple weeks after the peace treaty was signed, but the belligerents at New Orleans didn't know that. The British commander, Major General Edward Pakenham, was killed during the battle, and his body was shipped back to England in a barrel full of rum. Apparently in life, Gen. Pakenham had a rather surly personality, and this gave rise to a hilarious comment that was uttered by one of Pakenham's relatives upon the General's return in the barrel of rum. Wait for it...

"The General has returned in better spirits than he left."

Now that's funny, er, punny!

Good Day to You, Sir

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed that, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Could you imagine being the persons who had to stuff the corpse into the barrel?

George

Chanman said...

Better yet George, can you imagine being the persons who had to remove that rum-soaked body once it arrived in port after it was two months at sea?

Anonymous said...

Touche'

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Getting rummy with it was he?

Darren said...

Waste of good rum :)

Polski3 said...

I'll bet that rum didn't go to waste.....someone made a few schillings off it.....

Chanman said...

Polski,
Gross, but true. Kind of like eating a fast food burger with the clerk's loogie under the bun... ignorance is bliss.