Friday, June 22, 2007

[Random Factor #32] Fun with the Navy

You may have seen the following story in
the New York Times, the Montreal Gazette,
Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly
Effective People, Public Radio International
News, and also Public Radio's "Car Talk,"
and likely many other places.

In case you haven't heard it, here's how
it goes.

In 1995 the following conversation between
a lighthouse and an aircraft carrier was
recorded by the Chief of Naval Operations,
the transcript of which leaked out to the
general public.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15
degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course
to 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert
your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid
a collision.

Americans: This is the captain of a US Navy
ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No, I say again, divert YOUR

Americans: This is the Aircraft Carrier US
Lincoln, the second largest ship in the
United States Atlantic Fleet. We are
accompanied with three Destroyers, three
Cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I
DEMAND that you change your course 15
degrees north. I say again, that's one-five
degrees north, or counter-measures will be
undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. your call

Funny as it may be, this story is a hoax.

Some Guy

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this last Tuesday, see them all in the webcast

p.p.p.s. 3 of the 6 who performed have already
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