The Mysterious Cootie Brown

6 Jul

We were having brunch with friends, and some people who looked like they had been rode hard and put up wet walked into the restaurant. As they slowly made their way to the table, one of our friends said, “They look drunker than Cootie Brown.”

I have heard this saying my entire life and have always wondered something.

Who is Cootie Brown?

It turns out that Cooter Brown – apparently Cootie is his nickname – has his own Wikipedia page and has been discussed in the Old Farmer’s Almanac. In both places, attempts are made to uncover the mystery of Cooter Brown.

During the Civil War, he lived somewhere along the border between the United States and the Confederacy. This could have been the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland or it could have been at any point on the map.Mason Dixon

This meant a couple of things. He could have been drafted by either side, and he had family on both sides. Instead of making a decision between the two, Cooter decided to stay drunk for the entire war and make himself useless for military service.

Cooter’s years of drunkenness has been remembered through the annals of time, and he has become the personification of alcohol-induced goofiness.

A lot of people know his name, but I wonder how many people know the story of Cooter “Cootie” Brown.

9 Responses to “The Mysterious Cootie Brown”

  1. Cindy Bruchman July 6, 2015 at 16:17 #

    Funny! Never heard of him. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rick July 6, 2015 at 16:20 #

      From what I have read, it is an old southern saying.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong July 6, 2015 at 16:33 #

    We need more Cooter Browns. We’d have fewer wars if more people just opted to stay drunk until they were over.

    • Rick July 6, 2015 at 16:41 #

      Let’s just have a big hootenanny instead.

  3. frontrangescribbles July 6, 2015 at 21:52 #

    Never heard of him or the saying, thank you for the information

    • Rick July 6, 2015 at 22:40 #

      As Wikipedia said, it is more of a southern thing.

  4. jcalberta July 7, 2015 at 14:17 #

    If’n another war breaks out i may adopt this technique.
    Better stock up.

    • Rick July 7, 2015 at 16:03 #

      It wasn’t a bad idea.

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