Ferdinand Feghoot is a character invented by Reginald Bretnor, writing under the pen-name Grendel Briarton (an anagram). He stars in shaggy dog stories, usually in a science-fiction style, in which he saves the day in a horribly punny way.
About 80 of Bretnor's stories were published in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s, under the title "Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot". Most were original, but some were suggested by others and rewritten in his own words (and credited). They were later compiled in a book, "The Complete Feghoot", published by Mirage Press in 1975. In 1973, F&SF held a contest for new Feghoots and the winners are included in The Complete Feghoot.
He has been used by so many authors in such a manner, that such stories are now commonly known as Feghoots -- sometimes even if they don't star Ferdinand himself.
Ones by Yours Truly :
Note: When I say that one of these has been or will be Relished, I mean it has been or will be published in the humor e-zine Planet Relish. In accordance with their terms, for approximately 33 days, mostly coinciding with the month of publication, my page for that story will be changed to link to Planet Relish's version. The main change will usually be that for some reason they prefer that we use their made-up Admiral Jim Feghoot rather than good ol' Ferdinand, plus it will have links to the rest of their stuff and a brief bio of me, currently:
Dave Aronson is the founder of the Interplanetary Association for Terminal Insanity. He is a prolific punster, frequent filker, ardent alliterator, sysop of the free Fidonet BBS Air 'n Sun (703-319-0714), software engineer, Libertarian, and member of Mensa, VCDL, CAUCE, SCA and the NRA.