Bob Rickard replies... I remember hearing this bit of 'friend-of-a-friend lore' while working on a holiday job back in 1963 (apx.), only then it was told as a joke; and I've heard other variants over the years. No matter how ancient these stories are, sooner or later the god of circumstances arranges for it to happen just so. Then, it is reported as a factoid or seemingly true incident. Orthodox folklorists will have none of this, preferring to believe that every reported occurrence is fictitious and any documentation is part of the necessary apparatus of making it seem factual. As Forteans we are interested in these opposite currents; one making the imaginary real balanced by another mythologizing facts.