RE: the article on tontines found at http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a3_172.html
This made me think of the tontine Yanks would be most familiar with, and that is the one mentioned on an episode of MAS*H many years ago. Col. Potter recieved word that one of his old army buddies had past away, leaving him the lone survior of the group and the benificiary of the tontine. Only his reward wasn’t money, but a bottle of liquor they had saved. Since this isn’t a tontine as Unca Cecil describes it, is it really a tontine?