Coun­cil mem­ber: I heard you need my John Doe on some­thing.
Clerk: I need your sig­na­ture on some doc­u­ments.
Coun­cil mem­ber: Yeah, my John Doe.
Clerk, laugh­ing: You mean your John Han­cock — John Doe is an anony­mous dead body. [Coun­cil mem­ber looks puz­zled.] John Han­cock has the biggest sig­na­ture on the De­c­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence — that’s where the term comes from.
Coun­cil mem­ber: Oh.

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