40-year-old burnt meat pie is a part of the family

You know the old saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?”  Well, when life gives you a burnt meat pie, make it a family heirloom.  That’s what 73-year-old Tony Johnson did, and now look, the thing has its own hat and everything.

Back in 1972, this overcooked beyond recognition meat pie was given to Johnson’s son as a joke, but instead of trashing the meat pie, Johnson sought to make it a long-running family joke.  The pastry has been on holiday with the family, traveling to such exotic locales as Barbados, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait and Thailand.  Mr. Johnson estimates that the meat pie has traveled some 500,000 miles when it’s not perched atop the family mantelpiece.

Says Johnson…

“Wherever we go, the pie comes with us. It’s been on holiday with us every year and it even has its own deckchair, fly hat and sombrero. As a family, we have had some real giggles with it.”

I don’t know what’s worse—that this family has logged a burnt piece of food half-a-million miles around the world, or that an overcooked meat pie travels in more style than I do.



Jeff Greenwell is the writer/editor of Last Angry Fan. Jeff has been known to rock a Speedo while belting out Robert Goulet tunes from his front porch, and in his spare time he enjoys capturing and training feral goats to be his minions. Also known to dig a nice brick of cheese from time to time.
3 Comments on this post.
  • Anonymous
    15 March 2011 at 3:20 pm
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    • Luh
      16 March 2011 at 12:56 pm
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      Lighten up misery guts

  • Masercot
    15 March 2011 at 4:23 pm
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    Life imitates Monty Python…

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