Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Kiss Me, Hardy!"

In a sketch called "It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart," Mozart narrates the reenactment of famous deaths. At the end, Mozart introduces the death of Admiral Nelson. Then, the scene cuts to a mannequin in naval costume being thrown out a window, yelling, "Kiss me, Hardy!" A lot of Americans probably thought, "What the heck was that all about? Why did that guy yell, "Kiss Me, Hardy?"

Admiral Horatio Nelson is one of the British Empire's greatest naval heroes. He fought and won numerous battles during the Napoleonic Wars. His actual death was more dramatic than the one Python portrayed; he was shot and wounded during the Battle of Trafalgar. On his deathbed, Nelson famously said to his close friend, Captain Thomas Hardy, "Kiss me, Hardy." The kiss was most likely platonic. Nelson went on to become one of the U.K.'s most celebrated war heroes with his most famous monument, Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. I think if he had thrown himself out an office window, his legacy would be a little less grand.