ink eraser

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 29 05:00:26 UTC 2012

Someone will have to explain the discrepancy. The OED:

> ink-eraser n. a piece of prepared caoutchouc, or similar substance,
> used to erase writing in ink or blots.

And this:
> Have you ever walked around the cemeteries of New York reading the old
> tombstone inscriptions? Well, if that's not your thing, we're here to
> point you in the direction of George Spencer Millet's grave in
> Woodlawn Cemetery, which tells a tragic and unusual story. His
> headstone reads: "Lost life by stab in falling on ink eraser, evading
> six young women trying to give him birthday kisses in office of
> Metropolitan Life Building." This happened the day after Valentine's
> day, on February 15th, 1909--which also happened to be his 15th
> birthday. And to clarify, an ink eraser is not an eraser, it's more
> like a knife.

More at the link, but no real explanation on how a knife becomes an ink
eraser. But it sounds a lot like Crocodile Hunter's death. Stab to the
heart and all that...


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