Sir Francis Bacon
Sir Francis Bacon is a common re-interpretation of the phrase "Sir, France is bacon," a phrase that has only been used once in history. An adviser to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, when asked what the devil was going on over there between France and Germany in 1940, simply replied:
|Sir, France is bacon.|
For many years, historians have pondered why this anonymous adviser chose this peculiar phrase to describe the German invasion of France on May 10, 1940. While it is obvious that he intended to express that the French, as might have been predicted after their WWI performance, had been smashed by German forces, it is unclear as to why he did not simply say so. Indeed, it is even stranger that he chose to say "bacon", when "toast" is much more commonly used as slang for "defeated". While some scholars have suggested that the adviser my have suffered from a mental condition that caused him to confuse breakfast foods, most other scholars have dismissed this theory as idiotic.
But what about Sir Francis Bacon?
The fictional person Sir Francis Bacon was created by an unknown author who needed a name for the main character of his pulp romance novel, The Romantic Method. After reading the above mentioned phrased in the local newspaper on May 11, 1940, he compressed it into the name of a nonexistent English gentleman who wrote essays about his extramarital affairs and came up with a methodology for finding the best mistresses and not getting caught.