Friday, February 04, 2005

Which is Mightier? The Sledgehammer or the Pen

It never ceases to amaze me, when asking someone for a signature, how many people ask for someone's "John Henry."

I could go on for a while citing sources, but it's pretty simple:

It was John Hancock with the flowery signature on the Declaration of Independence. John Henry, whose life is preserved mainly in folk lore was a railroad worker. By the most popular accounts he pit himself against a steam-driven hammer machine in a bid to save the jobs of his fellow rail workers.

So unless you want them to hit something with a sledgehammer, ask for their "John Hancock"

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