Best opening paragraph in the whole of Wikipedia?

This has to be a prime contender. Talk about ripping yarns:

Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart  VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963), was a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later said “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

[Thanks, Alex]

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