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Friday, October 10, 2008

Birthday Kisses Can Be Fatal

Filmmaker Pes found an unusual epitaph in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

LOST LIFE BY STAB IN FALLING ON
INK ERASER, EVADING SIX YOUNG
WOMEN TRYING TO GIVE HIM
BIRTHDAY KISSES IN OFFICE
METROPOLITAN LIFE BUILDING
According to the New York Times of Feb. 16, 1909, George Millet was indeed accidentally stabbed by an ink eraser the day after his 15th birthday.
At once the girls began to tease him. They told him that on such an occasion he deserved a kiss, and every one of them vowed that as soon as office hours were over she would kiss him once for every year that he had lived. He laughingly declared that not a girl should get near him, and was teased about it all day.

As 4:30 o'clock came, and the boy's work was over, the girls made a rush for him. They tried to hem him in, and he tried to break their line. Suddenly he reeled and feel, crying as he did so.

"I'm stabbed!"

At once the joking stopped.
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Tim

I'm trying to picture this in my mind...I'm 15 years old and a bunch of girls want to kiss me multiple times...and my first thought is to run away? Not likely.

Orange and Blue

The link to the NYT article goes on to say the poor lad worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. So, my question is did he have a policy with them. And, if so, did it cover accidental death due to boy-crazy stenographers?!?

Chris

I'm just glad that we now have OSHA to protect us from such "accidents" in the workplace.

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