UPDATE- net hoax, apparently. still a funny story, though.
Transcript of apocryphal radio conversation between United States Aircraft Carrier USS Lincoln and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.
“Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.”
“Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.”
“This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.”
“No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.”
“THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT’S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER- MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.”
“We are a lighthouse. Your call.”
Reality Check – in the vault of ancient email… I imagine it’s correct, but have not validated it.
If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, there would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the United States
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer
I will be here only as time allows… pulling double and possibly triple shifts until 12/20. (save for the weekend, when I’ll most likely be sleeping to recharge the batteries.
Has not been too bad, thus far.
I’m only into it 1 hour, natch.