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Origin of "aviator"

Discussion in 'Humor - Jokes - Games and Diversions' started by ghrit, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    There are some of them amongst us --


    This explains it all. Aviators come from a long line of a secret
    society, formed around one thousand years ago. They are warriors, and
    here is the proof! Ground pounders can read it and weep!

    A little known fact is the origin of the word, "Aviator." In the immortal
    words of Johnny Carson: "I did not know that."

    Phu Khen (pronounced Foo Ken) 1169-? is considered by some to be the
    most under-recognized military officer in history. Many have never heard
    of his contributions to modern military warfare. The mission of this
    secret society is to bring honor to the name of Phu Khen.

    A 'Khen' was a subordinate to a 'Khan' (pronounced 'konn') in the
    military structure of the Mongol hordes. Khan is Turkish for leader.
    Most know of the great Genghis Khan, but little has been wri tten of his
    chain of command.

    Khen is also of Turkish origin. Although there is not a word in English
    that adequately conveys the meaning. Roughly translated, it means, "One
    who will do the impossible, while appearing unprepared and complaining

    Phu Khen was one of ten Khens that headed the divisions, or groups of
    hordes, as they were known, of the Mongol Army serving under Genghis
    Khan. His abilities came to light during the Mongols' raids on the
    Turkistan city of Bohicaroo. Bohicans were fierce warriors and the city
    was well fortified. The entire city was protected by huge walls and the
    hordes were at a standoff with the Bohicans. Bohicaroo was well-stocked
    and it would be difficult to wait them out. Genghis Khan assembled his
    Khens and ordered each of them to develop a plan for penetrating the
    defenses of Bohicaroo.

    Operation Achieve Victory (AV) was born. All 10 divisions of Khens
    submitted their plan. Afte r reviewing AV plans 1 thru 7 and finding them
    all unworkable or ridiculous, Genghis Khan was understandably upset.

    It was with much perspiration that Phu Khen submitted his idea, which
    came to be known as AV 8. Upon seeing AV 8, Genghis was convinced this
    was the perfect plan and gave his immediate approval. The plan was
    beautifully simple. Phu Khen would arm his hordes to the teeth, load
    them into catapults, and hurl them over the wall. The losses were
    expected to be high, but hey, hordes were cheap! Those that survived the
    flight would engage the enemy in combat. Those that did not? Well,
    surely their flailing bodies would cause some damage.

    The plan worked and the Bohicans were defeated. From that day on,
    whenever the Mongol Army encountered an insurmountable enemy, Genghis
    Khan would give the order, "Send some of Phu Khen's AV 8-ers."

    This is believed, though not by anyone outside our secret society, to be
    the true origin o f the word Aviator (AV 8-er).

    Phu Khen's AV 8-ers were understandably an unruly mob, not likely to be
    socially acceptable. Many were heavy drinkers and insomniacs. But when
    nothing else would do, you could always count on an AV 8-er. A Phu Khen
    Aviator. Denied, perhaps rightfully so, his place in history, Phu Khen
    has been, nonetheless, immortalized in prose.

    As the great poet Norman Lear never once said:
    "There once was a man named Phu Khen,
    Whose breakfast was whiskey and gin.
    When e'er he'd fly, he'd give a mighty war cry:
    Bend over, here it comes again."

    Consider it an honor to be a Phu Khen Aviator. Wear the mantle proudly,
    but speak of it cautiously. It is not always popular to be one of us.

    You hear mystical references, often hushed whispers, to 'those Phu Khen
    Aviators.' Do not let these things bother you. As with any secret
    society, we go largely misunderstood, prohibited by our apathy from
    explaining ou rselves.

    You are expected to always live down to the reputation of the Phu Khen
    Aviator... a reputation cultivated for centuries, undaunted by scorn or
    ridicule, unhindered by progress. So drink up, be crude, sleep late,
    urinate in public, and get the job done.

    When others are offended, you can revel in the knowledge that YOU are a
  2. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I can't wait for dad to get better so I can show him this... :lol:
  3. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Phu Khen is a very good friend of mine, no one better covering your back! There have been times where "I" have been confused for him!
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    lol. I love it.
  5. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

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