Heard on the tube

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 24 22:32:41 UTC 2014

Wilson Gray wrote:-
> Very reminiscent of the old - ca. 1955-65 - BE catchphrase:
> "bad enough to _handcuff lightning and put thunder in jail_"

Muhammad Ali used a rhyming version of that expression in 1974.

Periodical: Jet
Date: September 26, 1974
Article: Foreman and Ali Stage Africa's Biggest Fight
Author: Ronald E. Kisner
Quote Page: 53


[Begin excerpt]
I have wrestled with an alligator, tustled with a whale, handcuffed
lightning, throwed thunder in jail.
[End excerpt]


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