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"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."
"Without question, the greatest invention in the
history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the
wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does
not go nearly as well with pizza." - Dave Barry
"If he can say as you can
Guinness is good for you,
How grand to be a Toucan,
Just think what Toucan do."
So yesterday my friend calls and asks me "What is the origin of the Guinness toucan?".
Well here it is folks:
the advertising agency John Gilroy worked for won the Guinness advertising
The Toucan first appeared as a Guinness character in 1935. The truth be told however he really started out as a pelican. The ad went something like this:
"A wonderful bird is the pelican,
Its bill can hold more than its belly can.
It can hold in its beak
Enough for a week
I simply don't know how the hell he can."
The writer Dorothy L Sayers who worked for the same advertising agency as John Gilroy was asked to come up with something less offensive. Hence the Toucan saying. So goes the origin of the Toucan. In 1982, Guinness changed advertising agencies and the Toucan was officially retired. He lives on however on many a pub wall. (and some living room walls too!)
Would you like to know more about John Gilroy? Check out the Guinness® Collectors Club
"the attempt to make the consumption of beer criminal is as silly and as futile as if you passed a law to send a man to jail for eating cucumber salad" - Stephen Leacock (Canadian humorist, 1869-1944)
Carolyn from Bella Online shares her thoughts about tavern limericks. The following three are from her article.
There was a sweet girl from Gadzooks
Who spent all her time coaching crooks-
As thieves they had fun
And she needed no gun
'Cause she'd just knock 'em dead with her looks.
There was a weight trainer named Joe
Had a voice that was sexy and low -
He attracted a lass
With his muscular ass
And a bag overflowing with dough.
There was a park ranger named Dale
Who liked making moonshine and ale-
He first filled a mug
But drank the whole jug
Then passed out and drowned in his pail.
My favorite limerick is "A Barmaid From Sale"
On the chest of a barmaid in Sale
Were tattooed the prices of ale.
And on her behind,
For the sake of the blind,
Was the same information in Braille.
The limerick also known as nonsense verse is a popular form of short, humorous verse that is often nonsensical and frequently ribald. It consists of five lines, rhyming aabba, the first, second, and fifth lines must have three accented beats in them. The third and fourth lines must have two accented beats.
The origin of the limerick is unknown, but it has been suggested that the name derives from the chorus of an 18th-century Irish soldiers' song, "Will You Come Up to Limerick?"
Here is another theory as to origin of the Limerick.