History Corner

Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.

We’ve all heard the term “Stiff Upper Lip” used by our English cousins. It conjures up feelings of brave, stoic stick-to-itiveness in the face of tremendous adversity.

When London was being shelled into Purgatory by The Bastard Huns, who urged Ol’ Blighty to keep a ‘stiff upper lip?’ It wasn’t Neville Chamberlain, whose skull had been transformed into a brandy snifter by Adolf, himself. Nor was it rotund alcoholic Winston Churchill, who, for most of the war, was down in the tube station at midnight. Nope, it was delightful banjo eyed Eddie Cantor who peptalked those Limeys.

Anyway, you may be wondering where the term “stiff upper lip’ comes from.

Well, English explorer Neville Westerchesterton-Flem is believed to have coined the phrase. During a jaunt to The North Pole, hapless Westerchesterton-Flem and his crew found themselves encased in ice after an avalanche. The fearless leader encouraged his men, whose faces had frozen, to attempt to drill through the ice using their ice-stiffened visages.

The term “stiff upper lip” meant that one’s nose was sufficiently hardened by the cold weather as to function as a makeshift chisel.

And that’s how they boiled Ringo.

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