Quotes that made me laugh #7

Taken from a late great uncle’s booklet of quotes and press cuttings, this gem comes from a medical bulletin that described the ailment that caused French President Pompidou to miss a diplomatic dinner in April 1974:

a benign lesion of vascular origin situated in the anal-rectal zone and intermittently hyperalgesiac“.

Piles!

The French named the famous Beaubourg building that he commissioned whilst President, the Centre Georges Pompidou in his honour; perhaps it should have been called Pompidou’s Pile!

Postscript: Pompidou died less than two weeks after this diagnosis, but not from piles; he was actually suffering from a form of lymphoma.

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LanterneRouge

😎 - Former scientist, now graduated to a life of leisure. - Family man (which may surprise the family; it certainly surprises him). - Likes cycling and old-fashioned B&W film photography. - Dislikes greasy-pole-climbing 'yes men'. - Thinks Thea Gilmore should be much better known than she is. - Values decency over achievement.

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