Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fun with Language

I have never seen anyone push an expression so far:

"Did you hear? Ruger's gone carbon-neutral. Yup, they've wrapped ol' Bill "No Honest Man Needs A Handgun Smaller Than A Canned Ham" Ruger Sr.'s corpse in copper wire and lined the coffin with magnets, and now the whole plant is off the grid."

Not even P.J. O'Rourke was so bold in stretching language in the service of humor.  This is a fascinating bit of literary inventiveness.  Take a common expression, interpret it literally, think like an engineer, and explore the potential.

Now I am having visions of a mad science/magic/steampunk work actually using this as a power source.  I also wonder where the expression 'spinning in his grave' came from and how it got started.  I tried to look it up, but found nothing useful.

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