Having yourself immortalized with a paunch indicated you were wealthy/held high office/were involved in derring-do.
Usually they trade sniffles and exaggerated stories of late night derring-do; now they are exchanging enterovirus EV-68.
The research describes the derring-do of a team of scientists working at University of East Anglia.
originally (late 14c.) dorrying don, literally "daring to do," from durring "daring," present participle of Middle English durren "to dare" (see dare (v.)) + don, infinitive of do (v.). Misspelled derrynge do 1500s and mistaken for a noun by Spenser, who took it to mean "manhood and chevalrie;" picked up from him and passed on to Romantic poets as a pseudo-archaism by Sir Walter Scott.