After the American Revolution, Ethan Allen visited Brittan. His
company was widely sought after and he was wined and dined in many an English dining room. One nobleman sought to embarrass his Americanguest by placing a portrait of General George Washington above the toilet in the bathroom. After several glasses of wine Allen excused himself in order to answer the call of nature. While doing hisbusiness the illustrious American war hero could not fail to notice the placement of the large, prominent portrait. When Allen returned to table still in as good spirits as ever and resumed conversation as if nothing was amiss, his host could at last no longer contain his curiosity.
“Didn’t you see George Washington in there?!” he asked.
“Oh yes,” said Allen. “Perfectly appropriate place for him.”
“What do you mean?” His host enquired.
“Well,” he said, “there is nothing to make an Englishman shit faster
than the sight of General George Washington.”