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Brendan Behan in Jackie Gleason's dressing room at show "Take me along". Credit: New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff

While working in Paris in 1949, Brendan Behan—a housepainter by trade—was asked to paint a sign on the window of a cafe to attract English tourists. Behan kindly complied, composing a short poem:

Come in, you Anglo-Saxon swine

And drink of my Algerian wine!

'Twill turn your eyeballs black and blue,

And damn well good enough for you!

After receiving payment for the job, Behan fled before the cafe's proprietor had time to have the rhyme translated.

[Behan was later imprisoned (twice) for IRA-related political offenses.]

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