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September 15th, 2005
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OK, wtf?
From an obituary I'm editing right now:

"Born April 24, 1928, 77 years ago in Fresno, CA; died in Roseville at Sutter Memorial on Sept. 13, 2005 of a heart attack.
He had a lengthy career in the trucking business. Former employers included: Abenshan, Miline, Cresent, Delta, De Anza, and ONC Trucking. Alec retired in 1993 from Willig Trucking after 35 years as manager.
Alec was a veteran of the Korean War; he held the post of Commander for 4 years in the VFW Post 904. He belonged to the Rocklin (Calif.) American Legion and the Coodies."


This sounds from context like it might be a military and/or local fraternal organization. Google: Nothing. You'd think if it was the slang term for a group like that, Google would at least point me in the right direction.

I suspect it might be whoever typed up the obit for submittal to us misheard the group name, but I also can't think of anything similar offhand.

Anyone have any idea what this is supposed to refer to? If I can get an answer in the next two hours, I should even be able to correct it for tomorrow's paper.

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Edit, 12:30 p.m. 9/16: I found it.

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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
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If it is a slang name for some military organization, this might be a helpful link; I don't have time to cruise it tonight, unfortunately.
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From:lonita
Date:September 16th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
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I find it bizarre that an obit has former employers listed.
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
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Technically it's a "funeral notice," which in our paper means that we charge the survivors a fee and print whatever the heck they want; it's just one step down from a paid advertisement.

But, yes, bizarre. You'd be surprised what people are proud enough of to include in their obituaries. For some folks, their work was a significant part of their life -- even beyond simply defining their identity by their career, they wear employers like a badge of pride.

To each their own ...
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From:frameacloud
Date:September 16th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
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It's like a resume!
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
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A resume FOR GOD.
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From:delcan
Date:September 16th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
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"Begone from my sight and into the infernal Temp Agency, reserved for the Devil and his cheap labor." -from the New Proactive Management Bible for Leaders
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From:elynne
Date:September 16th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
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n/t
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From:frameacloud
Date:September 16th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
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Um, possible mishearings, hmm... cooties, codies, codeys, codes, goodies, goonies, code-talkers, kudis, kurds, hoodies, cudeeze, QDs, cue-tees... um... Wrong generation to be a code-talker, but QD might be something. *looks it up on Acronymfinder.com* No, I guess it's not QD, whatever it is!
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
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QTs, perhaps? I think that's a military acronym, but not sure for what.

It's also possible the name was accurate but contained a typo. Deleting an "extra" O would leave "codies," but the Google search for that seems like it's in the wrong industry.
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From:tyraelis
Date:September 16th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
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Where'd you get this icon from? It reminds me of a game that I've played...
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Very perceptive, young Padawan.

(The character is a Mediator.)
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From:tyraelis
Date:September 16th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
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Not Cooties? Might make sense...
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From:baphnedia
Date:September 16th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
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I have no earthly idea. No unearthly ideas either that point at anything. :/
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From:paka
Date:September 16th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Is there any way you can contact the family, and maybe they'd know? Meaning no disrespect to the dead or their service organizations, "The Coodies" sounds like a group from the '60s.
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)

Further results - and mystery solved

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Subsequent Google-fu results:

COODIES, The (IN U. S. HISTORY), a small faction of federalists in New York city in 1812, opposed to DeWitt Clinton and in favor of supporting the war with England. The name was given from the signature, Abimalech Coody, assumed by their leader, Gulian C. Verplanck, in his communications to the newspapers. [1]

... uh, I'm thinking not it.

... But here's another obituary with the same "Coodies" organization listed! In West Virginia, yet. Curiouser and curiouser.

... Waaaaaait, this military profile uses the phrase "Military Order of the Coodies". Shifting Google search from "Coodies -palm -girls -boys" to that.

Only the single result I just linked, and "Did you mean: 'military order of the cooties'." *click*

Holy shit, there we go.
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From:baphnedia
Date:September 16th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Further results - and mystery solved

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Woah, cool. I just called one of the guys up there, and it seems that I'm either crazy or retarded enough, to qualify. But, I'll worry about it when I get to Wisconsin. :)
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From:baphnedia
Date:September 16th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
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After speaking with some of the guys in the Cooties, I discovered quite a bit of history for the organization. For now, I'm just going to say that they were a secret organization until 1997. That and they were named after the one thing most of the initial members had in common - body lice.

Not that having body lice is a requirement for membership. It was a WWI fact for many soldiers. But if it was a requirment, you'd see me asking for some post-haste to join!
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
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To be honest, I kind of figured that with a name like that, they were a semi-secret and not-taking-themselves-too-seriously fraternal organization of some sort. "Order of the Cooties" and their titles like "Horny Toad Chairman" and "first Seam Squirrel of the Pup Tent" (in their most recent news post) remind me a lot of our local group of Clampers (E Clampus Vitus secret society), with titles like "Noble Grand Humbug," "Roisterous Iscutis," "Grand Imperturbable Hangman," etc. (Wikipedia article on them.)
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From:baphnedia
Date:September 16th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, they don't take themselves too seriously, and they're quite an interesting group. Some things VFW members do, to make you go 'hmm'.
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
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... but, yeah, keep me posted if you find out (and feel like typing) any more. Interesting find.
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