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HOW WE GOT OUR NAME 
 
 
	The name "Cootie" originated in World War I when the different armies 
were massed together on the battlefields of France. Each country 
represented in WWI contributed to what is now known as the Cooties, by 
amalgamation of lice. The common American Greyback, the Black Algerian 
Schinnels, the great Blue Louse from India, the British Blue Bloods, the 
Belgian Gold-Striped Heneckers, the French Grey and the Gold Parisian Cooties 
were all thrown together in the trenches and at once began to increase 
and multiply so that by the end of the war we had the most intelligent 
Cooties that could be produced. They were known to bite the soldiers at 
just the right time to save the soldier's lives; for often when a shell 
left the German trenches the Cootie would bite the soldiers, causing 
them to stoop and "scratch" at just the exact time that the shell would 
pass over the place where the soldier's head had been. 
 
	Many soldiers, lying in their shell holes, were saved from death when 
the highly intelligent Cooties, knowing that a shell was coming in their 
direction, would bite the soldiers, causing such agony that they were 
forced to retreat to the trenches or other places of safety for "shirt 
reading" and "seam running" while the shell burst harmlessly in the 
places they had just vacated. 
  
	The Cooties Organization carries on in the same degree of usefulness. 
The Military Order of the Cooties work for their parent organization, 
"the Veterans of Foreign Wars", and continuing to do good for all whom 
they come in contact with. They are always ready to help their Comrades, 
the Comrades' widows and orphans, and contribute generously to the 
maintenance of the Orphanage at Eaton Rapids, Michigan. At this orphanage a 
swimming pool and playground known as "Cootie Field", a complete and 
modern fire department has been built and financed by the Cooties.  
 
	The spirit of Comradeship and good will that exist in the Cooties is 
beyond comparison in other organizations, for in the Cooties, Fun is King 
and willingness to help in any cause for the betterment of humanity is our goal.  
 
	That is why the Cootie slogans are, "Busier than a Bee", and "Closer 
than a Brother"!