Dave Barry, on Beowulf:
"If my memory serves me correctly (and I believe it does, because I
copying this from the encyclopedia) Beowulf is an Old English epic
concerning a hero who freed the court of the Danish king Hrothgar from
ravages of the ogre Grendel and Grendel's mother and thus became king of
Geats. This raises questions, including: Why would anybody want to be
of the Geats? I mean, the word 'Geat' sounds like an insult, doesn't it?
in: 'Some stupid Geat put salami in the disk drive!' (Let me state, before
get a bunch of hate mail, that I myself am two-thirds Geatish.)"