Have you ever wondered how legends begin?
This is the legend of how a one Russell Gayer got the phrase, “What’s So Funny?” I dedicate this story to him, being as how I was the subject of a previous tale of his.
Now, if you ever were in the U.S. Army (or anyone else’s) then you have stories. This one did happen (I changed some of it, for obvious reasons). Two names are mentioned but the guy in question this actually happened to … well … his last name really was “Perry.”
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields has more than she can handle with these bad boys, but maintains the Royal Dignity as the FF Central leader of the pack, meaning the aspirin bottle is still fairly full. For the next six minutes.
The phrase in the title “ate up” instead of “eaten up”(grammatically wrong, but that’s the Army for you) means you have failed immensely.
Photo by Madison Woods, creator of Friday Fictioneers.
At bootcamp, Private Russell was eating breakfast in the chow hall. Some trainees waiting in line to eat were laughing (they weren’t even supposed to talk).
The Drill Sergeant approached. He knew exactly why they were laughing. “What’s so funny, gentlemen?”
A trainee giggled then whispered, “Private Perry wet the bed last night!”
With a completely straight face, Drill whispered back, “There, you see? It’s OK. We’re all adults here.” He turned, saw Perry, and hollered across the room, “Hey, PERRY! Is that TRUE?”
Private Russell left chow fast to remove that pan of warm water hidden underneath Perry’s bunk.
BTW, this is me in 1996, Tegucigalpa, Honduras on a two-week Kansas Army National Guard Tour. I had just been promoted to Specialist (Corporal) that year. I played in the Governor of Kansas’ Own Band. French Horn player.