Burns and Marx: Loophole Abuse

Burns and Marx get caught with their pants down during a round of golf–by design.


George Burns and Harpo Marx were once playing golf on a very hot day, and decided to take their shirts off. A nearby group complained, and the club manager came out to inform them that club rules required them to wear shirts on the course. A little while later, he received another complaint – this time they were playing without pants. When he went out to tell them to put pants on, they asked to see the rulebook on that – and it turned out that there was no rule requiring club members to wear pants on the course, because nobody had ever thought to need it.

I uncovered this anecdote at this highly entertaining site, in a section logging historic incidents in sports during which people take advantage of loopholes in sports.

If you take the time to read it,  I dare you not to laugh when you get to the part about John Hopoate, a player in Australia’s National Rugby League. I’m still laughing as I write this, even if it’s unlikely that Hopoate’s opponents saw the humor.



Sean T. Kelly

Owner/Director at LinkedGolfers
Sean T. Kelly is a writer, editor, and content director who has nearly 25 years' experience developing material in print, online, and over the air. His work has appeared on the New York Times "Best Seller List," international magazine covers, and the Today Show, among others. Sean is currently focusing on the intersection of travel, lifestyle, and mobile technologies. He is the owner/director LinkedGolfers.

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