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May 23, 2006

Back In The Days When Spymasters Wrote Limericks

Michael Pollak has discovered another of the type of peculiar snippet of information that makes me want to go on living. Apparently in February, 1940, MI5's director of counter-espionage wrote this little bit of verse in his diary:

An elderly statesman with gout
When asked what the war was about
In a written reply
Said "My colleagues and I
Are doing our best to find out."

You really got a higher quality of grey, faceless bureaucrat in those days. Michael Hayden probably relaxes by playing a 14 hour game of Halo 2.

Posted at May 23, 2006 11:13 AM | TrackBack

That's a badass limerick. Also, I totally pwnd Michael Hayden the other day. He's a n00b sniper. Figures.

Posted by: BRG at May 23, 2006 12:44 PM

It's your brothers and your sisters who will pay
And they have to pay it out every day
In the sand or in the mud
The price will be their BLOOD
While you and I sit on our duffs and type away

Posted by: Mike Meyer at May 23, 2006 01:18 PM

He's a n00b sniper

i miss counter-strike :(

Posted by: almostinfamous at May 23, 2006 02:06 PM

Every time I make a phone call the first thing I do is I say "Hi" to Hayden.

There was an old man from Crass

Whose balls were made from brass

In stormy weather they'd knock together

And lightening shot out his ass.

Posted by: rob payne at May 23, 2006 11:50 PM