The newest Sports Illustrated sez that supporters of the Hartlepool football side, in the northeast of England, are campaigning for the team’s mascot as mayor of Hartlepool. Seems it’s a monkey named H’Angus, and that Hartlepudlians are nicknamed “Monkey Hangers”.
Apparently there was an incident a couple of hundred years ago when they hanged a monkey for being a French spy. So, I sez to myself, “Self, WTF? A French spy??? How drunk would one have to be to think that seriously enough to execute poor little Bonzo? Did he have a natty tailored suit and a cigarette case with a poison gas dispenser and a microfilm compartment or something?”
Can any of you friendly Brits fill in some details? Much obliged.