This comes from Brooks Hilliard, an independent management consultant. It has absolutely nothing to do with today’s election, so let me take a moment to remind you to VOTE. (Sloth and apathy, not to mention ignorance and cynicism, may be upon the land — but not upon the readers of this web site, I’m happy to say.)

If you liked the frozen chicken story [Brooks writes], you’ll love this one, reputed to be an actual radio conversation recorded by the Chief of Naval Operations, 10/10/95 (I can’t vouch for the veracity of the claim, however):

#1: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

#2: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to South to avoid a collision.

#1: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

#2: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

#1: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER ENTERPRISE. WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!!!

#2: This is a lighthouse. YOUR CALL!!

 

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