George Jones Commandeers a Lawnmower
George Jones was in the middle of a multi-day bender when his second wife, Shirley Corley, left the house sometime during the late-Sixties, taking the couple's car keys with her. If her plan was to force her hard-drinking hubby into sobriety, however, she should have hid the lawn mower, as well. Now the stuff of legend, a stranded and thirsty Jones fired up the mower and rode its 10-horsepower rotary engine all the way to Beaumont, Texas, where he replenished his poison at a local liquor store. Then he turned around and headed back, logging a total of 16 miles. "I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles per hour," he wrote in his 1996 autobiography, I Lived to Tell it All. "It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did."