Vice Admiral Bernard L. “Count” Austin, U.S. Navy, had a distinguished career, including tours as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, and president of the U.S. Naval War College. As evidenced by his Naval Institute oral history—edited sections of which appear here—he was a splendid raconteur.
Looking back to his 1920 Naval Academy plebe year, he recalled a lunchtime hazing of fellow plebe Stone Bush by an upperclassman named Weiser, who ordered Bush to recite a limerick.
Without batting an eye, Bush came down with the following:
“The man sitting nearby, sir,
By the name of Bud Weiser
Of his entire class
Is the biggest jackass,
And this I maintain is no lie, sir.”
Weiser was not amused and ordered Bush under the table. But the other upper-classmen present, roaring with laughter, said no. It was Weiser who had to get under the table—for a full week.