Whew. You made it through another Father’s Day without giving your dad a necktie. Congratulations. It isn’t always easy to find the right gift for Dad, or Mom, or anyone else. Finding the right “Thank You” gift that genuinely expresses your appreciation can also be quite difficult. Consider this story of gift giving gone bad.
In the early part of the century Arthur Hungerford Pollen invented a superior gunnery control system for the British navy. he did not get the Royal Navy to use his system until he had won over Frederick C. Ogilvy, one of the most respected gunnery officers in the navy. Pollen, wanting to express his thanks, sent Ogilvy a basket of oysters. Unfortunately, the oysters were tainted. Ogilvy died a few weeks later. (Source: Casanova Was A Book Lover)
I guess he should have sent him a necktie, instead.