Monday, June 13, 2011
The first involves his use of the word FRUITCAKE! to describe Ned Nefer, apprently a local lunatic from upstate New York who claims the mannequin he pushes around on a cart is his wife, and that he met her when she was just a head.
Fruitcake is a funny word all by itself, and can connotate the fairly dated reference to someone who is considered nuts, as in, "nutty as a fruitcake."
Russell Baker, once commenting on fruitcake as an edible, said that it was the one food that could be described as a family heirloom. This was a clever way to describe a fruitcake's durability. Since no one ever really eats any part of a fruitcake when it is given to someone at Christmastime, it lingers in the house for years, and has the potential to become part of an estate's distribution.
As for Ned Nefer claiming the mannequin is his wife, being called a fruitcake might be arguably a tad harsh. After all, I once heard that, "two can live as cheap as one, if one doesn't eat."
Ned just might be a genius.