Monday, January 18, 2010

Why, 2K!

We were down in the engine room this morning investigating a weird clanging sound coming from the Burro Hall mainframe - the spare cat had somehow crawled inside and couldn't figure out how to get out - and noticed that the big odometer on the wall was about to roll over. Which means that this - the post you're holding in your very hands right now - is officially Burrito of Wisdom #2,000.

By now, the naming of Burro Hall is the stuff of legend, but in honor of #2K, we thought we'd share with you the first recorded instance of someone referring to Brooklyn's Borough Hall as "Burro Hall." This was from a letter delivered to attorney Henry Breckinridge on March 7, 1932:

    "Dear Sir: Dit you receive ouer letter form March 4. We sent the mail in one off the letter pox near Burro Hall - Brooklyn."

You may insert your joke about the quality Burro Hall writing having remained unchanged here: _____________.

But like our own Burro Hall, this one was also written by a non-native speaker of English, a German immigrant named Bruno Hauptmann. Henry Breckinridge was Charles Lindbergh's attorney. The rest of the letter concerned the potential safe return of Mr. Lindbergh's young son, Charles Jr. ("We are interested to send your Boy back in gud Health")

And until the statues of limitations expires, that's all we're going to say about our role in kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! At first, I thought you might have received a letter from Hyman Kaplan!