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Old 11-04-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panamá
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. . . . . . . Didja Know?
Elmer McCurdy joined a gang of second rate train robbers in 1911 and was killed in a gunfight with authorities in Oklahoma after their first robbery.

When no one claimed McCurdy's corpse, the undertaker embalmed it and allowed people to see the body for a nickel. People would place nickels in McCurdy's mouth, which the undertaker would collect later.

Almost five years later a man showed up from a nearby traveling carnival and claimed to be McCurdy's long-lost brother. He indicated that he wanted to remove the corpse to give it a proper burial. Within two weeks, however, McCurdy was a featured exhibit with the carnival. For the next 60 years, McCurdy's body was sold to successive wax museums, carnivals, and haunted houses.


Elmer McCurdy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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I can't even begin to imagine how that must have looked after sixty years! Geez...
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: bold new city of the south
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i can't even begin to imagine how that must have looked after sixty years! Geez...
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Thanks for another bazaar story from the World of Joy.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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Buddy, that's funny! Is that the viewer's expression upon seeing the body or is that the "viewee"?
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Talking .

Our thanks to Elmer McCurdy!


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Thus the term working stiff was coined for use in our everyday conversations.



Ok back to work now, nothing going on here to see folks,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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People would place nickels in McCurdy's mouth
Did they pull his arm down?
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Wow, what a story! Interesting fact, Joy!
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Funky Town
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Our thanks to Elmer McCurdy!


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Thus the term working stiff was coined for use in our everyday conversations.



Ok back to work now, nothing going on here to see folks,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Did they pull his arm down?
OMG, y'all crack me up!!!!

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Old 11-04-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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I didn't know... But it is a innovative alternative to life insurance
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