That Really Burns My Biscuits #7

burnt biscuit

Ya know what really burns my biscuits?

When people ask for my “John Henry.” 

This happens WAY more often than it should!!


I mean no disrespect, but if you’re going to try to be clever when asking one for their signature, shouldn’t you make sure you are asking the correct question?

Time for a brief history lesson:

Who was John Henry?

Taken directly from Wikipedia:

John Henry is an African American folk hero. He is said to have worked as a “steel-driving man”—a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel.

Who was John Hancock?

Taken directly from Wikipedia:

John Hancock (January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – October 8, 1793) was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term “John Hancock” has become a synonym in the United States for one’s signature.

It was JOHN HANCOCK who signed the Declaration of Independence. Please, please stop asking for my “John Henry.” If you are ever unsure, your best bet is just to simply ask someone for their signature. Simple and correct!

Love & life lessons,




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28 Responses to That Really Burns My Biscuits #7

  1. Brad Osborne says:

    I have never had this happen to me, but I can certainly understand your frustration with historically inaccurate references. If someone asked me for my John Henry, I am not sure I would even understand exactly what they were asking for. I have been hungry for some burnt biscuits. Thanks for feeding my addiction! ❤😘⛏⚒

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  2. The V Pub says:

    If someone asked me for my John Henry, I would think that they were getting mighty personal. 😉

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  3. Herb says:

    Back in the ancient times when I worked retail and we had to have someone sign a charge slip I would usually say something like, “Could I please have your autograph?”

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  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    In Spain they will ask for your Don Quijote! Great post Kristian!

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  5. I knew that answer before I ever even moved to the US and as a very proud citizen of almost 4.5 years it bugs me too!!

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  6. Laura Beth says:

    I’m with you on the historical inaccuracies! Ugh!

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  7. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Henry is acceptable because cock sounds awkward in the workplace.

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  8. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Just curious, are your biscuits still burnt?

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