Boil the ocean

Wednesday 23 June 2004

Bob Congdon found the (an?) origin of the phrase "boil the ocean":

When asked by a reporter what to do about U-boat sinkings during World War I, Will Rogers is said to have responded: "Boil the ocean". "But how would you do that?" the reporter continued. Without a beat Rogers replied, "I'm just the idea man here. Get someone else to work out the details."

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