The old "would you mind watching my raccoon for a minute" prank.
Reno Gazette-Journal - Sep 23, 1947
Does Favor For Stranger And, As Usual, Gets Stuck
ROSLYN, N.Y., Sept. 23 (AP)—A stranger in a bar handed Otto Steih, jr. the end of a leash and said, "Hold this a minute pal. I'll be right back."
But the stranger didn't return and that's why the Steih family was wondering what to do today with a raccoon.
January 1948: Man responds to spelling challenge by firing shotgun.
If it were in a movie, he'd have said something like: "You wanna know how to spell psychology? Let me tell you how to spell psychology."
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle - Jan 5, 1948
Taunt Over Spelling of Psychology Leads To Shotgun Slaying
New Brunswick, N.J. Jan. 5 (U.P.) — Julius Nuby, 55, was held today on a murder charge for allegedly killing a friend who taunted him about the spelling of "psychology."
Police said Nuby wounded Archie Fuller, 75, with a shotgun. Fuller died later in Middlesex Hospital.
The men had been friends for years. Saturday night they bought 12 bottles of beer and began drinking. An argument developed about psychology, police said.
"You don't even know how to spell psychology," Fuller jeered.
Police quoted Nuby as saying, "I'll show you," and then fired the shotgun.
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