There was a story to this. At our Family Christmas dinner in 1984, Eric had prepared a set of challenges which were given out at random, one to each person. One was to get everyone around the table to howl like a wolf (I know, who would have thought of that?). It happened that Keith ended up with that challenge, and so he began the long tale of McKoffnikoff and the Vladivostok pork and beans. And of course, when the story reached the part where McKoffnikoff was pursued by the wolves, he invited us all to add sound effects to the story, and, voila, we all howled like wolves!