Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The antecedent of the legend? Possibly a joke about accountants that goes something like this:
"He's the kind of accountant you've got to admire. Last year he deducted eighty cartons of cigarettes from my income tax. Called it loss by fire!"
There is even a song out there about the legend.
[Meredith R. Miller -- h/t Skipp C. Galythly]