Baked Beans in Boots

One of life's unanswerable mysteries — Why did the man have baked beans in his boots?

London Times - June 30, 1998

What's in the boot, then?
A motorist who was stopped for a routine police check in Colchester, Essex, was found to be wearing wellington boots filled with baked beans in tomato sauce.
Officers warned him to choose more suitable footwear. A spokesman said: "We have no idea why he was doing it, but it is an offence not to be in proper control of a car. Wearing boots could cause the driver to be distracted and have an accident."
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 23, 2016
     Category: 1990s | Cars

Do Americans understand the pun in the title of the article?

(If not: in British English, the word 'boot' is also used for the trunk of a car).
Posted by René on 01/23/16 at 09:39 AM
@René: Yea, those stuck on the wrong side of the pond never did learn to speak correctly.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/23/16 at 10:25 AM
BTW, please tell me that there's a law against driving a car with beans in your boots.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/23/16 at 10:26 AM
Ancient Chinese secret - wearing boots with baked beans and tomato sauce in them alleviates headaches.
Posted by Greg on 01/23/16 at 10:38 AM
We know that ain't true, Greg, 'cause tomatos hadn't been invented yet back then.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/23/16 at 11:18 AM
To paraphrase: Mmmm beans. They're toe licking good!
Posted by BMN on 01/23/16 at 02:59 PM
He was probably just keeping them for a friend.
Posted by Phideaux on 01/23/16 at 03:11 PM
Unknown to the cop he had a golden retriever named Duke who also kept stealing his shoes.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 01/23/16 at 04:03 PM
Just as a dare to my fellow WUvians: Who can come up with the best lie to explain beans in your boots. This is mine. Please note that I am not a professional liar.

My two year old toddler doesn't like beans so she hid hers in my boots. I was slightly late for an appointment. Hey, officer, would you rather I had washed the beans out of my boots and my feet and be really late and speeding; or just grin and bear it?
Posted by BMN on 01/23/16 at 04:05 PM
Duke the recipe thief?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/23/16 at 04:11 PM
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 01/23/16 at 04:15 PM
BMN, A sexual fetish?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/23/16 at 06:20 PM
Like many others have done, he might have read something on the Internet and misunderstood a fairly basic component to it. There's advice (and even YouTube videos) of how you can heat corn or beans in the microwave and use them as heat-packs or hand warmers. What flew over his head is you're supposed to use shelled, uncooked corn or beans (and they really do hold a lot of heat). He was going fishing in a cold creek, and to keep his feet warm, he heated up the only beans he had on hand, opening up a few tins of pork'n'beans, nuking them a couple of minutes, and pouring them into his boots.
Posted by Phideaux on 01/23/16 at 08:13 PM
My theory is that he was very embarrassed about his foot odor, and someone had told him that soaking your feet in baked beans would cure it. The acidity of the tomato sauce probably would help.
Posted by Alex on 01/24/16 at 09:30 AM
This is reminiscent of the children's book George and Martha. Martha likes to make split pea soup. Her friend George dutifully eats it even though he doesn't like split pea soup. One day, having had enough, he pours the soup into his loafer so she'll think he ate it.
Posted by ges on 01/24/16 at 12:07 PM
Like tomato sauce is supposed to take skunk smell away. That's a good one Alex.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/24/16 at 12:10 PM
1st 16 comments about beans?

2nd I am disappointed that the video was not from 'Tommy'.

3rd I am too lazy to look for a video link to 'Tommy'.
Posted by OldPerson on 01/24/16 at 02:34 PM
Reminds me of the old story of the three monks who were punished for over imbibing the monastery's ale.

For penance, they were ordered to spend three days wearing boots filled with dry bean husks.

Two of the monks were barely able to walk for the pain, but the third showed no discomfort.

"Brother", he was asked, "Why are you not doing your assigned penance?"

"Oh, but I am", he replied, "I just boiled them first."
Posted by Captain DaFt on 01/24/16 at 08:31 PM
My sister told me she knew the guy and he did it because she double dog dared him. Who is gonna say it first, Expat or BD? "Women always get you in trouble!"
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/24/16 at 09:11 PM
Not me! It's still BC over here.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/25/16 at 12:02 AM
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